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  • 2/75   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
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    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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  • 3/75   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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  • 4/75   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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  • 5/75   '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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  • 6/75   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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  • 7/75   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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  • 8/75   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 9/75   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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  • 10/75   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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  • 11/75   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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  • 12/75   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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  • 13/75   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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  • 14/75   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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  • 15/75   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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  • 16/75   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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  • 17/75   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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  • 18/75   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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  • 19/75   Catch a shooting star: The summer's best meteor shower – the Perseids – peak tonight
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    The peak of the best summertime meteor shower – the Perseids – will be coming to a sky near you tonight, weather permitting.

    The peak of the best summertime meteor shower – the Perseids – will be coming to a sky near you tonight, weather permitting.


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  • 20/75   Demand for junk bonds grows, and so do liquidity worries
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    Mutual funds are piling into riskier company debt as the European Central Bank considers further stimulus, raising concern among bankers and investors that some may be caught in a liquidity squeeze when the economic cycle turns.  The ECB is expected to resume buying corporate bonds this year to revive a faltering economy, crimping the returns from investment-grade bonds and pushing investors into so-called junk debt.  Over 1.1 billion euros flowed into euro-denominated high-yield debt funds in June, data from Refinitiv showed, taking total assets to a 53.7 billion, the highest for nearly two years and a sliver away from an all-time high.

    Mutual funds are piling into riskier company debt as the European Central Bank considers further stimulus, raising concern among bankers and investors that some may be caught in a liquidity squeeze when the economic cycle turns. The ECB is expected to resume buying corporate bonds this year to revive a faltering economy, crimping the returns from investment-grade bonds and pushing investors into so-called junk debt. Over 1.1 billion euros flowed into euro-denominated high-yield debt funds in June, data from Refinitiv showed, taking total assets to a 53.7 billion, the highest for nearly two years and a sliver away from an all-time high.


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  • 21/75   3 Hot Healthcare Stocks That Won’t Break the Bank
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    Given the uncertain economic climate, investors are looking for sectors of the market that will provide refuge. Many analysts are pointing to the healthcare space. While the healthcare segment of the S&P 500 is down 2% over the last month, analysts believe that this sector contains compelling investment opportunities. Investors looking to break into the space don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so. With the help of analysts, we found 3 bargain healthcare stocks under $10 that appear poised for long-term growth.   CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (CBAY)CymaBay develops and commercializes therapies used to treat patients with liver and other chronic diseases. Its most advanced clinical candidate is the seladelpar drug that could be used to treat primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), or autoimmune liver diseases. The biopharma stock is currently trading at $5.83, with analysts saying share prices have the potential to keep going up. Coming on the heels of its second quarter earnings release, the company looks strong. CBAY has made a significant investment in the development of new and existing treatments. According to the August 7 release, research and development spending increased from $14.4 million in the year-ago quarter to $21.1 million.      Management pointed out that the investment in research and development already appears to be paying off. Data from CBAY’s paired liver biopsy study of seladelpar for NASH shows a favorable safety and tolerability profile at all doses. Not to mention the FDA accepted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to begin a Phase 2 clinical study for seladelpar use in treating primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a chronic cholestatic liver disease that causes diffuse inflammation and fibrosis of the bile ducts. Currently, there aren’t any FDA-approved treatments for PSC on the market. President and CEO Sujal Shah said, “In the second quarter of 2019, we made significant progress advancing the development of seladelpar for PBC and NASH and began activities to further diversify development into PSC. Enrollment in our ENHANCE Phase 3 registration study in PBC, expected to be completed by year-end, continued on track during the quarter. Topline 12-week results from our 52-week, dose-ranging Phase 2b study in NASH showed clinically meaningful reductions in multiple biomarkers of inflammation and liver injury despite minimal reductions in total liver fat.” Ed Arce, a four-star analyst according to TipRanks, agrees that the investment will bolster CBAY’s long-term growth narrative. On August 8, he reiterated his Buy rating and $12 price target. The H.C. Wainwright analyst believes share prices could soar by 106% over the next twelve months. The rest of the Street is bullish on this healthcare stock. CBAY has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $14 average price target, suggesting 137% upside potential.  Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. (KPTI)Karyopharm Therapeutics is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company that develops treatments for cancer and other diseases. Its drugs directly target nuclear transport and related targets. KPTI is trading at $8.86, with some analysts saying more upside is set to follow. On July 3, KPTI’s XPOVIO received accelerated approval from the FDA. The drug was approved for the combined use with dexamethasone to treat adult patients who have relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma and have already received at least four therapies.  After the approval, XPOVIO became commercially available in the U.S. on July 9. Management stated, “Early prescribing trends are encouraging with robust demand from both academic and community-based physicians throughout the U.S. with early prescriptions being filled for patients with Medicare and commercial insurance coverage.”  KPTI has also made substantial efforts to expand its reach. It submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for conditional approval of XPOVIO’s combined use with dexamethasone. Not to mention its Pivotal Phase 3 BOSTON study is in progress testing XPOVIO’s combined use with proteasome inhibitor Velcade (bortezomib) and low dose dexamethasone (SVd). The treatment would be used for patients with multiple myeloma that have only received one to three therapies.Edward White, a five-star analyst, believes XPOVIO’s success will fuel KPTI’s continued growth. “We base our $32 price target on probability-adjusted revenue forecasts for XPOVIO (selinexor). We use a net present value of $7.91 for our revenue forecast through 2026, that includes the approval of Xpovio in penta-refractory multiple myeloma, a 40% probability of success (POS) for XPOVIO in combination treatment for multiple myeloma, a 30% POS for 25% POS for XPOVIO in solid tumors,” he said. On August 6, the H.C. Wainwright analyst reiterated his Buy rating and $32 price target, implying 261% upside. One-star analyst, Eric Joseph said, “Our doctor survey supports a strong XPOVIO launch and long-term outlook.” On July 23, the J.P. Morgan analyst upgraded KPTI to a Buy and raised the price target from $8 to $16. He believes share prices could rise 81% over the next twelve months. KPTI has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $20 average price target, suggesting 128% upside potential.   Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SNDX)The last healthcare stock on our list also develops treatments for cancer patients. With Syndax currently trading at $9.89, many analysts are saying now’s the time to get on board.On August 7, the company reported a second quarter net loss of $15 million or $0.47 per share. However, its loss narrowed from $18.4 million or $0.74 per share in the year-ago quarter. SNDX was also able to cut general and administrative costs from $4.5 million in the prior-year quarter to $3.5 million. The company’s most promising candidate is its entinostat treatment for breast cancer. In May 2019, E2112 trial passed its fourth interim overall survival (OS) analysis. The endocrine-based therapy could be a catalyst for SNDX, with results from the study expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2019. Investors got another reason to be excited in July when the FDA approved the company’s IND application to start a Phase 1/2 trial for SNDX-5613, a highly selective Menin inhibitor to treat relapsed or refractory acute leukemias. SNDX is also researching drugs to treat chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD). White, who also covers SNDX, believes that the company’s entinostat drug has the potential to fuel continued growth. On August 8, the analyst reiterated his Buy rating and $16 price target, suggesting 62% upside potential. “We base our $16 price target on probability-adjusted revenue forecasts for entinostat in combination treatment for advanced HR+, HER2- breast cancer. We use the net present value of our revenue forecast through 2027, apply a 40% POS for HR+, HER2- breast cancer, with a 3x price/sales multiple,” he said. Four-star analyst, Harshita Polishetty, agrees that its breast cancer drug is especially promising. “Taken as a whole, we believe the next preplanned overall surival (OS) interim analysis for E2112, scheduled for 4Q19, is a very important catalyst for the company. Overall, we remain focused on the potential of entinostat in HR+, HER2- breast cancer,” the B.Riley FBR analyst said. On August 8, he reiterated his Buy rating and $26 price target, implying 163% upside potential. Polishetty has a 62% success rate and gets an average return of 27% per rating. SNDX has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and an average price target of $19, indicating 95% upside. Discover the Analysts’ Top-Rated Stocks right now

    Given the uncertain economic climate, investors are looking for sectors of the market that will provide refuge. Many analysts are pointing to the healthcare space. While the healthcare segment of the S&P 500 is down 2% over the last month, analysts believe that this sector contains compelling investment opportunities. Investors looking to break into the space don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so. With the help of analysts, we found 3 bargain healthcare stocks under $10 that appear poised for long-term growth.   CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. (CBAY)CymaBay develops and commercializes therapies used to treat patients with liver and other chronic diseases. Its most advanced clinical candidate is the seladelpar drug that could be used to treat primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), or autoimmune liver diseases. The biopharma stock is currently trading at $5.83, with analysts saying share prices have the potential to keep going up. Coming on the heels of its second quarter earnings release, the company looks strong. CBAY has made a significant investment in the development of new and existing treatments. According to the August 7 release, research and development spending increased from $14.4 million in the year-ago quarter to $21.1 million.      Management pointed out that the investment in research and development already appears to be paying off. Data from CBAY’s paired liver biopsy study of seladelpar for NASH shows a favorable safety and tolerability profile at all doses. Not to mention the FDA accepted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to begin a Phase 2 clinical study for seladelpar use in treating primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a chronic cholestatic liver disease that causes diffuse inflammation and fibrosis of the bile ducts. Currently, there aren’t any FDA-approved treatments for PSC on the market. President and CEO Sujal Shah said, “In the second quarter of 2019, we made significant progress advancing the development of seladelpar for PBC and NASH and began activities to further diversify development into PSC. Enrollment in our ENHANCE Phase 3 registration study in PBC, expected to be completed by year-end, continued on track during the quarter. Topline 12-week results from our 52-week, dose-ranging Phase 2b study in NASH showed clinically meaningful reductions in multiple biomarkers of inflammation and liver injury despite minimal reductions in total liver fat.” Ed Arce, a four-star analyst according to TipRanks, agrees that the investment will bolster CBAY’s long-term growth narrative. On August 8, he reiterated his Buy rating and $12 price target. The H.C. Wainwright analyst believes share prices could soar by 106% over the next twelve months. The rest of the Street is bullish on this healthcare stock. CBAY has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $14 average price target, suggesting 137% upside potential. Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. (KPTI)Karyopharm Therapeutics is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company that develops treatments for cancer and other diseases. Its drugs directly target nuclear transport and related targets. KPTI is trading at $8.86, with some analysts saying more upside is set to follow. On July 3, KPTI’s XPOVIO received accelerated approval from the FDA. The drug was approved for the combined use with dexamethasone to treat adult patients who have relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma and have already received at least four therapies. After the approval, XPOVIO became commercially available in the U.S. on July 9. Management stated, “Early prescribing trends are encouraging with robust demand from both academic and community-based physicians throughout the U.S. with early prescriptions being filled for patients with Medicare and commercial insurance coverage.”  KPTI has also made substantial efforts to expand its reach. It submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for conditional approval of XPOVIO’s combined use with dexamethasone. Not to mention its Pivotal Phase 3 BOSTON study is in progress testing XPOVIO’s combined use with proteasome inhibitor Velcade (bortezomib) and low dose dexamethasone (SVd). The treatment would be used for patients with multiple myeloma that have only received one to three therapies.Edward White, a five-star analyst, believes XPOVIO’s success will fuel KPTI’s continued growth. “We base our $32 price target on probability-adjusted revenue forecasts for XPOVIO (selinexor). We use a net present value of $7.91 for our revenue forecast through 2026, that includes the approval of Xpovio in penta-refractory multiple myeloma, a 40% probability of success (POS) for XPOVIO in combination treatment for multiple myeloma, a 30% POS for 25% POS for XPOVIO in solid tumors,” he said. On August 6, the H.C. Wainwright analyst reiterated his Buy rating and $32 price target, implying 261% upside. One-star analyst, Eric Joseph said, “Our doctor survey supports a strong XPOVIO launch and long-term outlook.” On July 23, the J.P. Morgan analyst upgraded KPTI to a Buy and raised the price target from $8 to $16. He believes share prices could rise 81% over the next twelve months. KPTI has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and a $20 average price target, suggesting 128% upside potential. Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SNDX)The last healthcare stock on our list also develops treatments for cancer patients. With Syndax currently trading at $9.89, many analysts are saying now’s the time to get on board.On August 7, the company reported a second quarter net loss of $15 million or $0.47 per share. However, its loss narrowed from $18.4 million or $0.74 per share in the year-ago quarter. SNDX was also able to cut general and administrative costs from $4.5 million in the prior-year quarter to $3.5 million. The company’s most promising candidate is its entinostat treatment for breast cancer. In May 2019, E2112 trial passed its fourth interim overall survival (OS) analysis. The endocrine-based therapy could be a catalyst for SNDX, with results from the study expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2019. Investors got another reason to be excited in July when the FDA approved the company’s IND application to start a Phase 1/2 trial for SNDX-5613, a highly selective Menin inhibitor to treat relapsed or refractory acute leukemias. SNDX is also researching drugs to treat chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD). White, who also covers SNDX, believes that the company’s entinostat drug has the potential to fuel continued growth. On August 8, the analyst reiterated his Buy rating and $16 price target, suggesting 62% upside potential. “We base our $16 price target on probability-adjusted revenue forecasts for entinostat in combination treatment for advanced HR+, HER2- breast cancer. We use the net present value of our revenue forecast through 2027, apply a 40% POS for HR+, HER2- breast cancer, with a 3x price/sales multiple,” he said. Four-star analyst, Harshita Polishetty, agrees that its breast cancer drug is especially promising. “Taken as a whole, we believe the next preplanned overall surival (OS) interim analysis for E2112, scheduled for 4Q19, is a very important catalyst for the company. Overall, we remain focused on the potential of entinostat in HR+, HER2- breast cancer,” the B.Riley FBR analyst said. On August 8, he reiterated his Buy rating and $26 price target, implying 163% upside potential. Polishetty has a 62% success rate and gets an average return of 27% per rating. SNDX has a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus and an average price target of $19, indicating 95% upside. Discover the Analysts’ Top-Rated Stocks right now


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  • 22/75   Scaramucci Says GOP May Need to Replace Trump at Top of Ticket
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    (Bloomberg) -- Anthony Scaramucci, who only lasted as Donald Trump’s communications director for 11 days, suggested the Republican Party consider a different 2020 nominee because of the president’s actions.“I think you have to consider a change at the top of the ticket when someone is acting like this,” the financier told CNN on Monday after an acrimonious Twitter spat with Trump over the weekend.“The racially charged comments, the divisive tweeting,” Scaramucci added, “is not helping the country.”Scaramucci said that he’s now “neutral” on Trump. He said his support for Republican economic policies isn’t worth “fracturing institutions” and abandoning American values.“I would tell his loyalists: loyalty is not blind obedience unless you’re supporting a demagogue,” Scaramucci said.The Skybridge Capital LLC, co-founder told Axios on Sunday that he might back a challenge to Trump, who he compared to a melting down nuclear reactor. Scaramucci has been a major donor to Republican candidates, including Trump in 2016. But he predicted that others would join him in considering an alternative if the president "doesn’t reform his behavior."“Let’s face it, he’s gone off the rails and so we just have to call it for what it is," he said.Over the weekend, Trump attacked his former communications director following Scaramucci’s criticism of Trump’s comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color.“Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on ‘President Trump,”’ Trump tweeted. “Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me.”The back-and-forth followed what Scaramucci termed “arguably one of the worst weeks" of Trump’s presidency.Shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people have fueled criticism that Trump hasn’t done enough to stem gun violence and has instead fueled extremism. Trump visited hospitals in each city last week, excluding press from those visits but releasing campaign-style photos and videos.The mayor of Dayton has pressed Trump to enact gun restrictions, while the mayor of El Paso, a border community, has pushed back again Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. The alleged shooter in El Paso posted a racist manifesto that used phrases previously used by the president.(Adds Scaramucci comments starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Terrence Dopp in Washington at tdopp@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth Wasserman, Kathleen HunterFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Anthony Scaramucci, who only lasted as Donald Trump’s communications director for 11 days, suggested the Republican Party consider a different 2020 nominee because of the president’s actions.“I think you have to consider a change at the top of the ticket when someone is acting like this,” the financier told CNN on Monday after an acrimonious Twitter spat with Trump over the weekend.“The racially charged comments, the divisive tweeting,” Scaramucci added, “is not helping the country.”Scaramucci said that he’s now “neutral” on Trump. He said his support for Republican economic policies isn’t worth “fracturing institutions” and abandoning American values.“I would tell his loyalists: loyalty is not blind obedience unless you’re supporting a demagogue,” Scaramucci said.The Skybridge Capital LLC, co-founder told Axios on Sunday that he might back a challenge to Trump, who he compared to a melting down nuclear reactor. Scaramucci has been a major donor to Republican candidates, including Trump in 2016. But he predicted that others would join him in considering an alternative if the president "doesn’t reform his behavior."“Let’s face it, he’s gone off the rails and so we just have to call it for what it is," he said.Over the weekend, Trump attacked his former communications director following Scaramucci’s criticism of Trump’s comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color.“Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on ‘President Trump,”’ Trump tweeted. “Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me.”The back-and-forth followed what Scaramucci termed “arguably one of the worst weeks" of Trump’s presidency.Shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people have fueled criticism that Trump hasn’t done enough to stem gun violence and has instead fueled extremism. Trump visited hospitals in each city last week, excluding press from those visits but releasing campaign-style photos and videos.The mayor of Dayton has pressed Trump to enact gun restrictions, while the mayor of El Paso, a border community, has pushed back again Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. The alleged shooter in El Paso posted a racist manifesto that used phrases previously used by the president.(Adds Scaramucci comments starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Terrence Dopp in Washington at tdopp@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth Wasserman, Kathleen HunterFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 23/75   Anthony Scaramucci: Maybe Donald Trump should be replaced as GOP nominee in 2020
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    Anthony Scaramucci is upping the ante in his rhetorical war with President Donald Trump.

    Anthony Scaramucci is upping the ante in his rhetorical war with President Donald Trump.


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  • 24/75   Should The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?
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    Is The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings...

    Is The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings...


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  • 25/75   Better Buy: General Electric vs. Lowe's
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    These two giants of the retail and industrial world are both in turnaround mode.

    These two giants of the retail and industrial world are both in turnaround mode.


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  • 26/75   We Think NeoGenomics (NASDAQ:NEO) Can Manage Its Debt With Ease
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    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' It's only natural to consider a company's...

    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' It's only natural to consider a company's...


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  • 27/75   An Intrinsic Calculation For Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) Suggests It's 43% Undervalued
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    Today we'll do a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Norwegian Cruise Line...

    Today we'll do a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Norwegian Cruise Line...


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  • 28/75   These 4 Measures Indicate That SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ:SEDG) Is Using Debt Reasonably Well
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    David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the...

    David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the...


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  • 29/75   How Many Modine Manufacturing Company (NYSE:MOD) Shares Have Insiders Sold, In The Last Year?
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    It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that...

    It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that...


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  • 30/75   Is McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?
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    Dividend paying stocks like McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason...

    Dividend paying stocks like McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason...


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  • 31/75   Here's How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH)
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    This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it...

    This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it...


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  • 32/75   Epstein Was Left Unattended In His Cell for Hours Before His Death
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    Two guards who were tasked with monitoring billionaire Jeffrey Epstein during his detention in the Metropolitan Correctional Center failed to check in on him for “several” hours before his death early Saturday morning, the Washington Post reported.

    Two guards who were tasked with monitoring billionaire Jeffrey Epstein during his detention in the Metropolitan Correctional Center failed to check in on him for “several” hours before his death early Saturday morning, the Washington Post reported.


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  • 33/75   We Think Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI) Is Taking Some Risk With Its Debt
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    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it seems the smart money knows that...

    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it seems the smart money knows that...


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  • 34/75   Is ASGN Incorporated (NYSE:ASGN) Trading At A 40% Discount?
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    How far off is ASGN Incorporated (NYSE:ASGN) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, we'll...

    How far off is ASGN Incorporated (NYSE:ASGN) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, we'll...


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  • 35/75   US-China trade war leaves Europe as collateral damage
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    Like a sleek Mercedes crunched between two freight trucks, Europe's economy is being knocked off course by the conflict between the U.S. and China over trade.  The bill for damages from the U.S-China collision will likely be reflected in new growth figures due Wednesday that could show Europe's economic motor, Germany, is stalled or shrinking.  Beyond that, economists say there are signs that years of declining unemployment since the depths of the Great Recession and the eurozone debt crisis may be ending.

    Like a sleek Mercedes crunched between two freight trucks, Europe's economy is being knocked off course by the conflict between the U.S. and China over trade. The bill for damages from the U.S-China collision will likely be reflected in new growth figures due Wednesday that could show Europe's economic motor, Germany, is stalled or shrinking. Beyond that, economists say there are signs that years of declining unemployment since the depths of the Great Recession and the eurozone debt crisis may be ending.


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  • 36/75   Interested In ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE)? Here's What Its Recent Performance Looks Like
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    For long-term investors, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more beneficial than...

    For long-term investors, assessing earnings trend over time and against industry benchmarks is more beneficial than...


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  • 37/75   Macri’s Shock Setback in Argentina Deals Blow to Re-Election Bid
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    (Bloomberg) -- Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri unexpectedly lost a primary vote by a landslide, foreshadowing a defeat in October’s presidential election and a possible return to the policies of his predecessor, Cristina Kirchner.Argentina’s international bonds and stocks tumbled in London and New York early trading after the vote, effectively a test of national sentiment before the two-round presidential ballot. The scale of Macri’s defeat took pollsters by surprise, yet it reflects widespread public dismay at the country’s direction amid recession, austerity and inflation running at more than 50%.With some 99% of ballots counted, Alberto Fernandez, the main opposition candidate who has Kirchner as his running mate, took almost 48% of the vote to 32% for Macri. If that result were to be replicated in October, Fernandez would take the presidency without the need for a runoff.The nation’s century bond due in 2117 collapsed, sending the yield up more than two percentage points to 11.9%, the highest since the notes were sold two years ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Dollar bonds due in 2028 also plunged more than 18% in New York, while American depositary receipts from Argentine companies sank in early trading.“This election is over,” said Lucas Romero, director of polling firm Synopsis. “There’s no way the government can overcome this.” Pollsters have long forecast that Macri would have trouble overcoming defeat by a margin of more than 7 percentage points.The primaries were originally intended to whittle down candidates within each party ahead of the elections proper on Oct. 27. But because the parties each fielded a single ticket, the ballot ended up working as a broad measure of voter sentiment.Macri conceded defeat on Sunday even before the release of official numbers, which were delayed by the slow counting of votes in the province of Buenos Aires. “We had a bad election,” he told a crowd of somber supporters in Argentina’s capital. “We’ll have to redouble our efforts.”In an emergency meeting of his cabinet and other close aides late on Sunday, Macri ruled out any changes to the presidential team, La Nacion newspaper reported.Investors now face the reality that voters are losing patience with the market-friendly policies adopted by Macri, and are prepared to take a gamble on a return of the type of interventionist measures that were common place under Kirchner. The former president nationalized pension funds, imposed currency controls and tampered with economic statistics during her time in office from 2007 to 2015.Macri succeeded her with pledges to boost the economy and return Argentina to the international fold, but was instead forced to seek a record $56 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund and raise interest rates to more than 70% following a currency crisis last year. While the economy started to show signs of slowly recovering from recession earlier this year, what progress there has been failed to convince voters to back Macri on Sunday.Fernandez, 60, who has yet to lay out detailed economic policies, made a point of trying to allay investor fears in a speech after the release of official results.“We were never crazy while in power,” he told supporters in Buenos Aires. “We always fix problems left by others.”Currency WoesMonday’s sell-off was exacerbated by the last-minute wave of optimism about Macri’s prospects that caused the Merval stock index to jump 6.7% on Friday.Doubts about the future of the IMF deal under Fernandez may fuel a currency rout that is likely to put the central bank in a challenging situation. The bank has so far managed to stabilize the peso with a ultra-tight monetary policy and interventions in the peso futures market with the blessing of the IMF. The Argentine currency will start trading around 9 a.m. New York. To win outright on Oct. 27, the top candidate must receive 45% of valid votes, or 40% of them with a 10 point difference from the second-placed contender. If neither scenario happens, there’s a runoff vote on Nov. 24.Polls for weeks have shown Macri and Fernandez heading toward a runoff.“It’s one in another line of elections globally where the pollsters had absolutely no clue,” said Walter Stoeppelwerth, chief investment officer at Portfolio Personal Inversiones, a broker in Buenos Aires. “Everybody I talk to is in shock.”(Updates with market reaction from second paragraph)\--With assistance from Rodrigo Orihuela, Raymond Colitt, Hannah Benjamin, Tasos Vossos and Jonathan Gilbert.To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Gillespie in Buenos Aires at pgillespie29@bloomberg.net;Jorgelina do Rosario in Buenos Aires at jdorosario@bloomberg.net;Carolina Millan in Buenos Aires at cmillanronch@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto at jspinetto@bloomberg.net, Walter Brandimarte, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri unexpectedly lost a primary vote by a landslide, foreshadowing a defeat in October’s presidential election and a possible return to the policies of his predecessor, Cristina Kirchner.Argentina’s international bonds and stocks tumbled in London and New York early trading after the vote, effectively a test of national sentiment before the two-round presidential ballot. The scale of Macri’s defeat took pollsters by surprise, yet it reflects widespread public dismay at the country’s direction amid recession, austerity and inflation running at more than 50%.With some 99% of ballots counted, Alberto Fernandez, the main opposition candidate who has Kirchner as his running mate, took almost 48% of the vote to 32% for Macri. If that result were to be replicated in October, Fernandez would take the presidency without the need for a runoff.The nation’s century bond due in 2117 collapsed, sending the yield up more than two percentage points to 11.9%, the highest since the notes were sold two years ago, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Dollar bonds due in 2028 also plunged more than 18% in New York, while American depositary receipts from Argentine companies sank in early trading.“This election is over,” said Lucas Romero, director of polling firm Synopsis. “There’s no way the government can overcome this.” Pollsters have long forecast that Macri would have trouble overcoming defeat by a margin of more than 7 percentage points.The primaries were originally intended to whittle down candidates within each party ahead of the elections proper on Oct. 27. But because the parties each fielded a single ticket, the ballot ended up working as a broad measure of voter sentiment.Macri conceded defeat on Sunday even before the release of official numbers, which were delayed by the slow counting of votes in the province of Buenos Aires. “We had a bad election,” he told a crowd of somber supporters in Argentina’s capital. “We’ll have to redouble our efforts.”In an emergency meeting of his cabinet and other close aides late on Sunday, Macri ruled out any changes to the presidential team, La Nacion newspaper reported.Investors now face the reality that voters are losing patience with the market-friendly policies adopted by Macri, and are prepared to take a gamble on a return of the type of interventionist measures that were common place under Kirchner. The former president nationalized pension funds, imposed currency controls and tampered with economic statistics during her time in office from 2007 to 2015.Macri succeeded her with pledges to boost the economy and return Argentina to the international fold, but was instead forced to seek a record $56 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund and raise interest rates to more than 70% following a currency crisis last year. While the economy started to show signs of slowly recovering from recession earlier this year, what progress there has been failed to convince voters to back Macri on Sunday.Fernandez, 60, who has yet to lay out detailed economic policies, made a point of trying to allay investor fears in a speech after the release of official results.“We were never crazy while in power,” he told supporters in Buenos Aires. “We always fix problems left by others.”Currency WoesMonday’s sell-off was exacerbated by the last-minute wave of optimism about Macri’s prospects that caused the Merval stock index to jump 6.7% on Friday.Doubts about the future of the IMF deal under Fernandez may fuel a currency rout that is likely to put the central bank in a challenging situation. The bank has so far managed to stabilize the peso with a ultra-tight monetary policy and interventions in the peso futures market with the blessing of the IMF. The Argentine currency will start trading around 9 a.m. New York. To win outright on Oct. 27, the top candidate must receive 45% of valid votes, or 40% of them with a 10 point difference from the second-placed contender. If neither scenario happens, there’s a runoff vote on Nov. 24.Polls for weeks have shown Macri and Fernandez heading toward a runoff.“It’s one in another line of elections globally where the pollsters had absolutely no clue,” said Walter Stoeppelwerth, chief investment officer at Portfolio Personal Inversiones, a broker in Buenos Aires. “Everybody I talk to is in shock.”(Updates with market reaction from second paragraph)\--With assistance from Rodrigo Orihuela, Raymond Colitt, Hannah Benjamin, Tasos Vossos and Jonathan Gilbert.To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Gillespie in Buenos Aires at pgillespie29@bloomberg.net;Jorgelina do Rosario in Buenos Aires at jdorosario@bloomberg.net;Carolina Millan in Buenos Aires at cmillanronch@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto at jspinetto@bloomberg.net, Walter Brandimarte, Alan CrawfordFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 38/75   Is Verso (NYSE:VRS) Using Too Much Debt?
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    Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously...

    Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously...


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  • 39/75   Nike aims sneaker subscriber scheme at $10 billion U.S. kids market
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    Aimed at the U.S. kids shoe market, estimated at an annual $10 billion, 'Adventure Club' builds on Nike's SNKRS app, which notifies shoppers every time it launches a new shoe or has an exclusive sneaker at a nearby store.  It is Nike's latest plan to keep shoppers coming back to its brands as it struggles with strong competition from Adidas in its U.S. home market and a resurgence in retro brands like Fila and Reebok.  With three tiers of subscription – $20, $30 or $50 a month – Nike Adventure Club is aimed at 2-year to 10-year olds and effectively gives subscribers a new pair of Nike sneakers that cost about $50 or more once a month, once every two months or once every three.

    Aimed at the U.S. kids shoe market, estimated at an annual $10 billion, 'Adventure Club' builds on Nike's SNKRS app, which notifies shoppers every time it launches a new shoe or has an exclusive sneaker at a nearby store. It is Nike's latest plan to keep shoppers coming back to its brands as it struggles with strong competition from Adidas in its U.S. home market and a resurgence in retro brands like Fila and Reebok. With three tiers of subscription – $20, $30 or $50 a month – Nike Adventure Club is aimed at 2-year to 10-year olds and effectively gives subscribers a new pair of Nike sneakers that cost about $50 or more once a month, once every two months or once every three.


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  • 40/75   The Latest: Israeli troops kill gunman near Gaza fence
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    Gaza's Health Ministry says a 26-year-old Palestinian was killed after exchanging fire with Israeli troops along the perimeter fence surrounding the coastal territory.  The Israeli military says an 'armed terrorist' approached the frontier early Sunday and opened fire toward troops on the other side, who responded by shooting at the attacker.  The army says a tank also targeted a nearby military post operated by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

    Gaza's Health Ministry says a 26-year-old Palestinian was killed after exchanging fire with Israeli troops along the perimeter fence surrounding the coastal territory. The Israeli military says an 'armed terrorist' approached the frontier early Sunday and opened fire toward troops on the other side, who responded by shooting at the attacker. The army says a tank also targeted a nearby military post operated by the Islamic militant group Hamas.


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  • 41/75   Manhunt over: Escaped Tennessee inmate Curtis Ray Watson captured, death penalty possible
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    Curtis Ray Watson, 44, was charged with the murder of a correctional administrator after he escaped in the midst of a 15-year kidnapping sentence.

    Curtis Ray Watson, 44, was charged with the murder of a correctional administrator after he escaped in the midst of a 15-year kidnapping sentence.


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  • 42/75   As Pakistan-India tensions flare, a child mistakes a bomb for a toy
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    Deep in the mountains of the Neelum Valley, where a river separates Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, is the small village of Jabri, usually far enough away to avoid being hit by exchanges of fire between the countries' armies.  'He found a bomb that looked like a toy and he brought it here,' said Ali's uncle, Abdul Qayyum, pointing to their home.  Pakistan's military said the device was a cluster bomb, a weapon that releases many smaller bomblets that can kill or wound people over a wider area.

    Deep in the mountains of the Neelum Valley, where a river separates Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, is the small village of Jabri, usually far enough away to avoid being hit by exchanges of fire between the countries' armies. 'He found a bomb that looked like a toy and he brought it here,' said Ali's uncle, Abdul Qayyum, pointing to their home. Pakistan's military said the device was a cluster bomb, a weapon that releases many smaller bomblets that can kill or wound people over a wider area.


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  • 43/75   Andrew Yang breaks down in tears over gun violence as 2020 Democrats in Iowa call for action after El Paso shooting
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    A week after two mass shootings left more than 30 dead, the issue of gun violence was unavoidable for Democratic presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair.As children zoomed down slides and munched on deep-fried Oreos, caucus goers still working out which Democratic candidates to support flocked to ask candidates how they might address the epidemic of shootings.Of the 14 candidates who attended a last-minute forum in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, it was Andrew Yang, a businessman and long-shot candidate, who stole the show.At the Everytown for Gun Safety forum, when asked by a woman named Stephanie, who lost her 4-year-old son to a stray bullet, how he would address the unintentional shootings of children in America. Mr Yang asked to give her a hug and broke down in tears.“I have a six- and three-year-old boy, and I was imagining,” Mr Yang began, before becoming too choked up to continue. “I was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the other saw,” he eventually managed, before again choking up. “I’m so sorry.”It’s a feeling that runs raw with Iowa caucus goers, and has a renewed sense of urgency after the killings at a Walmart in Texas and a bar in Ohio last week.Heaven Chamberlain, a 23-year-old shift leader at a trampoline park in Des Moines who came to the Iowa State Fair to see as many candidates as she could, said she is among the generation of Americans who grew up with school lock downs for shootings.Now, Ms Chamberlain is worried about her two little sisters, who she thinks could be facing the prospect of gun violence at school any day.“My sisters are afraid to go to school, because they’re afraid that they won’t come back,” Ms Chamberlain said of her 10- and 11-year-old sisters. “Sorry, I always tear up when I think about them.”For many who came to see the Democrats, the fixes for mass shootings seem like common sense. They would like a ban on the semi-automatic versions of military rifles sold freely in many states and are used in many of the mass shootings that have shocked the county. They would like universal background checks. They want action.“That’s the one thing I’m looking for in a candidate,” Makayla Warrick, a 19-year-old college student who wants to become a teacher, said. Ms Warrick was waiting to ask a question of John Delaney, and said she’s a Republican, but doesn’t necessarily support Donald Trump. “Now it’s coming to the point where I’m scared to go into some classrooms.”Candidates, for their part, provided many answers. While congressman Beto O’Rourke stayed in his home town of El Paso to help his community, others forged ahead.Senator Cory Booker stopped during the annual Iowa Wing Ding – a Democratic fundraising dinner - on Friday night and dedicated his entire speech there to the issue.Kamala Harris promised to give Congress just 100 days to act, before she would take executive action on the issue. Joe Biden told a town hall he would push for background checks, and common-sense reforms.And many, like Elizabeth Warren, said that the shootings in recent years – in Parkland, Florida, Las Vegas, and these recent two, among others – had shifted the momentum in favour of gun control.“We are going to make change. We are going to pass gun safety laws in this country,” Ms Warren said.Darla Connell, a 73-year-old who drove two hours to see Mr Biden and Montana governor Steve Bullock on Thursday, said the shootings in Texas and Ohio showed just how fragile things are.“That can happen anywhere,” Ms Connell said. “And it could just as easily have happened to either the soapbox for Steve Bullock or Joe Biden. There’s a big group of people here. And, god forbid it doesn’t happen here at all. But it could.”

    A week after two mass shootings left more than 30 dead, the issue of gun violence was unavoidable for Democratic presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair.As children zoomed down slides and munched on deep-fried Oreos, caucus goers still working out which Democratic candidates to support flocked to ask candidates how they might address the epidemic of shootings.Of the 14 candidates who attended a last-minute forum in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, it was Andrew Yang, a businessman and long-shot candidate, who stole the show.At the Everytown for Gun Safety forum, when asked by a woman named Stephanie, who lost her 4-year-old son to a stray bullet, how he would address the unintentional shootings of children in America. Mr Yang asked to give her a hug and broke down in tears.“I have a six- and three-year-old boy, and I was imagining,” Mr Yang began, before becoming too choked up to continue. “I was imagining it was one of them that got shot and the other saw,” he eventually managed, before again choking up. “I’m so sorry.”It’s a feeling that runs raw with Iowa caucus goers, and has a renewed sense of urgency after the killings at a Walmart in Texas and a bar in Ohio last week.Heaven Chamberlain, a 23-year-old shift leader at a trampoline park in Des Moines who came to the Iowa State Fair to see as many candidates as she could, said she is among the generation of Americans who grew up with school lock downs for shootings.Now, Ms Chamberlain is worried about her two little sisters, who she thinks could be facing the prospect of gun violence at school any day.“My sisters are afraid to go to school, because they’re afraid that they won’t come back,” Ms Chamberlain said of her 10- and 11-year-old sisters. “Sorry, I always tear up when I think about them.”For many who came to see the Democrats, the fixes for mass shootings seem like common sense. They would like a ban on the semi-automatic versions of military rifles sold freely in many states and are used in many of the mass shootings that have shocked the county. They would like universal background checks. They want action.“That’s the one thing I’m looking for in a candidate,” Makayla Warrick, a 19-year-old college student who wants to become a teacher, said. Ms Warrick was waiting to ask a question of John Delaney, and said she’s a Republican, but doesn’t necessarily support Donald Trump. “Now it’s coming to the point where I’m scared to go into some classrooms.”Candidates, for their part, provided many answers. While congressman Beto O’Rourke stayed in his home town of El Paso to help his community, others forged ahead.Senator Cory Booker stopped during the annual Iowa Wing Ding – a Democratic fundraising dinner - on Friday night and dedicated his entire speech there to the issue.Kamala Harris promised to give Congress just 100 days to act, before she would take executive action on the issue. Joe Biden told a town hall he would push for background checks, and common-sense reforms.And many, like Elizabeth Warren, said that the shootings in recent years – in Parkland, Florida, Las Vegas, and these recent two, among others – had shifted the momentum in favour of gun control.“We are going to make change. We are going to pass gun safety laws in this country,” Ms Warren said.Darla Connell, a 73-year-old who drove two hours to see Mr Biden and Montana governor Steve Bullock on Thursday, said the shootings in Texas and Ohio showed just how fragile things are.“That can happen anywhere,” Ms Connell said. “And it could just as easily have happened to either the soapbox for Steve Bullock or Joe Biden. There’s a big group of people here. And, god forbid it doesn’t happen here at all. But it could.”


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  • 44/75   Biden Misdates 2018 Parkland Shooting in His Latest Blunder
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    (Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden said he was vice president when the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place. Except, it happened in 2018, more than a year after he left office -- the latest gaffe by the Democratic presidential front-runner.Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” But when they visited Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress, lawmakers were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to face it on camera.”The former vice president was making a point about the changing conversation around gun violence in this country, and how as more and more ordinary people are touched by mass shootings, they are more likely to call for action.An official with the Biden campaign said the former vice president was thinking of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when he misspoke. That attack, in which 20 children between six and seven years old were killed along with six staff members, was in December 2012.Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, made national headlines for their demonstrations and calls for action, including visits by some students to the nation’s capital. The shooting, the deadliest high school killing spree in U.S. history, occurred on Feb. 14, 2018, and left 17 dead and injured more than a dozen others. The assailant was an expelled student.Biden, along with former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who was shot in the head during an event with constituents in Tucson in 2011, met with Stoneman students in Washington days after the 2018 incident.The statement was the latest in a string of gaffes that have plagued Biden on the campaign trail. On Thursday, Biden, 76, told a group of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children. And last week he referred to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, as having taken place in Houston and Michigan.In both cases he quickly caught himself. And on Saturday Biden told reporters he misspoke on his “poor kids” comment but said that overall, people understood the point he was trying to make.“I don’t think anybody thinks I meant anything other than what I said I meant,” Biden said.President Donald Trump, who’s spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, was quick to seize on Biden’s blunder. He said on Twitter that the former vice president “doesn’t have a clue.”(Updates with Trump tweet in final paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Ian FisherFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden said he was vice president when the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place. Except, it happened in 2018, more than a year after he left office -- the latest gaffe by the Democratic presidential front-runner.Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” But when they visited Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress, lawmakers were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to face it on camera.”The former vice president was making a point about the changing conversation around gun violence in this country, and how as more and more ordinary people are touched by mass shootings, they are more likely to call for action.An official with the Biden campaign said the former vice president was thinking of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when he misspoke. That attack, in which 20 children between six and seven years old were killed along with six staff members, was in December 2012.Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, made national headlines for their demonstrations and calls for action, including visits by some students to the nation’s capital. The shooting, the deadliest high school killing spree in U.S. history, occurred on Feb. 14, 2018, and left 17 dead and injured more than a dozen others. The assailant was an expelled student.Biden, along with former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who was shot in the head during an event with constituents in Tucson in 2011, met with Stoneman students in Washington days after the 2018 incident.The statement was the latest in a string of gaffes that have plagued Biden on the campaign trail. On Thursday, Biden, 76, told a group of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright” as white children. And last week he referred to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, as having taken place in Houston and Michigan.In both cases he quickly caught himself. And on Saturday Biden told reporters he misspoke on his “poor kids” comment but said that overall, people understood the point he was trying to make.“I don’t think anybody thinks I meant anything other than what I said I meant,” Biden said.President Donald Trump, who’s spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, was quick to seize on Biden’s blunder. He said on Twitter that the former vice president “doesn’t have a clue.”(Updates with Trump tweet in final paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Ian FisherFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 45/75   Police are investigating a social media threat of the 'biggest mass shooting in modern American history' targeting Walmart stores in Missouri
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    The threat was posted this week to Reddit by someone claiming to have two AR-15 semi-automatic weapons and 22 pipe bombs.

    The threat was posted this week to Reddit by someone claiming to have two AR-15 semi-automatic weapons and 22 pipe bombs.


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  • 46/75   The Polish village where no boys have been born for almost a decade
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    It was during a competition for junior firefighters that somebody first noticed something unusual about the small Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. Every single one of the uniformed children showing off their skills was a girl.  The reason is as simple as it is surprising. No boys have been born in Miejsce Odrzanskie for almost a decade, while the village’s women in the rural backwater of 300 souls have given birth to 12 girls. The boy shortage is so acute that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the first family to produce a son. The world’s media have descended on the village in the fields of south-west Poland not far from the Czech border to investigate the phenomenom.  “Of course the media attention was a surprise for us, for the residents and the area,” Rajmund Frischko, the local mayor who offered the reward—and the father of two daughters—told The Telegraph.  “There has been so much talk about us in the media that for a minute there I was considering naming a street after the next boy born here,” he said. “He will definitely get a very nice gift. And we will plant an oak and name it after him.” “The situation was that the girls were growing up, and the kids were around us, so we didn’t pay much attention to it. Until, that is, someone noticed during a competition for volunteer firefighters that the team consisted of just girls,” he said.  The all-girl young volunteer firefighters team in the village of Miejsce Odrzanskie, Poland, Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The mayor said doctors from across Poland has been calling him with tips on how to encourage the birth of a boy. One retired doctor had told him that the sex of a baby depended on the mother’s diet, which must be rich in calcium to guarantee a son.  “There is always the tried way of the Polish highlanders: If you want a boy, keep an axe under your marital bed,” he joked.  “We treat the whole affair as something as a curiosity,” said Krystyna Zydziak, the head of the village and the mother of two daughters. “I always say that nature can find ways to balance things. There may be more girls born here but somewhere else in the world more boys are probably being born.” Krystyna Zydziak of Miejsce Odrzanskie Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The lack of male births over the past few years compared to the dozen or so female births has fuelled worries about the future of the village.  Miejsce Odrzanskie, like many Polish villages, has been fighting a losing battle to retain its population as people leave the fields for Poland’s flourishing cities. Without men going into farming, people fear, that struggle could get harder. Ms Zydziak, said that everyone in the village had family living and working elsewhere in the EU.  “Some villagers are concerned who will fill the farming jobs in the future,” she said. The Facebook page of the local volunteer fire brigade, a centre of community life in the village,  has taken to listing all the stories now featuring the village, along with numerous pictures of happy, if somewhat bemused, villagers being interviewed for television cameras. The all-girl young volunteer firefighters team. Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  Malwina Kicler, 10, has been a volunteer firefighter for three years. The lack of boys has not stopped her crew from scooping up trophies in major competitions across Poland in the six years since the tram was founded.  “Boys are noisy and naughty,” she told the New York Times. “At least now we have peace and quiet. You can always meet them somewhere else.” The comments below the links to the stories range from the baffled to proud “Go girls!” posts. One joked that perhaps the lack of boys was due to a particularly libidinous postman delivering more than letters to the village’s womenfolk.  Malwina Kicler, center, and Liliana Kicler, left, of the village of Miejsce Odrzanskie, Poland, Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  Scientists have stressed that people should not jump to conclusions as to why so many girls are being born in the village.  “You have to go deep into the history and check the birth statistics,” said Professor Rafal Ploski, head of the genetics department at Warsaw’s Medical University.  “They you have to check to see if the girls’ parents are not related to each other, even to a very distant extent. Then you have to conduct detailed interviews with the parents and the children, and check the environmental conditions. Only then can a trail appear.” Not everyone sees the dearth of boys as a problem. One villager, perhaps making a veiled reference to Poland's war-scarred history said that the string of daughters was a good omen.  “They once said that ‘when boys are born there will be war, when girls are born there will be peace’ so thank God it is as it is,” she said.

    It was during a competition for junior firefighters that somebody first noticed something unusual about the small Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. Every single one of the uniformed children showing off their skills was a girl.  The reason is as simple as it is surprising. No boys have been born in Miejsce Odrzanskie for almost a decade, while the village’s women in the rural backwater of 300 souls have given birth to 12 girls. The boy shortage is so acute that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the first family to produce a son. The world’s media have descended on the village in the fields of south-west Poland not far from the Czech border to investigate the phenomenom.  “Of course the media attention was a surprise for us, for the residents and the area,” Rajmund Frischko, the local mayor who offered the reward—and the father of two daughters—told The Telegraph.  “There has been so much talk about us in the media that for a minute there I was considering naming a street after the next boy born here,” he said. “He will definitely get a very nice gift. And we will plant an oak and name it after him.” “The situation was that the girls were growing up, and the kids were around us, so we didn’t pay much attention to it. Until, that is, someone noticed during a competition for volunteer firefighters that the team consisted of just girls,” he said.  The all-girl young volunteer firefighters team in the village of Miejsce Odrzanskie, Poland, Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The mayor said doctors from across Poland has been calling him with tips on how to encourage the birth of a boy. One retired doctor had told him that the sex of a baby depended on the mother’s diet, which must be rich in calcium to guarantee a son.  “There is always the tried way of the Polish highlanders: If you want a boy, keep an axe under your marital bed,” he joked.  “We treat the whole affair as something as a curiosity,” said Krystyna Zydziak, the head of the village and the mother of two daughters. “I always say that nature can find ways to balance things. There may be more girls born here but somewhere else in the world more boys are probably being born.” Krystyna Zydziak of Miejsce Odrzanskie Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The lack of male births over the past few years compared to the dozen or so female births has fuelled worries about the future of the village.  Miejsce Odrzanskie, like many Polish villages, has been fighting a losing battle to retain its population as people leave the fields for Poland’s flourishing cities. Without men going into farming, people fear, that struggle could get harder. Ms Zydziak, said that everyone in the village had family living and working elsewhere in the EU.  “Some villagers are concerned who will fill the farming jobs in the future,” she said. The Facebook page of the local volunteer fire brigade, a centre of community life in the village,  has taken to listing all the stories now featuring the village, along with numerous pictures of happy, if somewhat bemused, villagers being interviewed for television cameras. The all-girl young volunteer firefighters team. Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  Malwina Kicler, 10, has been a volunteer firefighter for three years. The lack of boys has not stopped her crew from scooping up trophies in major competitions across Poland in the six years since the tram was founded.  “Boys are noisy and naughty,” she told the New York Times. “At least now we have peace and quiet. You can always meet them somewhere else.” The comments below the links to the stories range from the baffled to proud “Go girls!” posts. One joked that perhaps the lack of boys was due to a particularly libidinous postman delivering more than letters to the village’s womenfolk.  Malwina Kicler, center, and Liliana Kicler, left, of the village of Miejsce Odrzanskie, Poland, Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  Scientists have stressed that people should not jump to conclusions as to why so many girls are being born in the village.  “You have to go deep into the history and check the birth statistics,” said Professor Rafal Ploski, head of the genetics department at Warsaw’s Medical University.  “They you have to check to see if the girls’ parents are not related to each other, even to a very distant extent. Then you have to conduct detailed interviews with the parents and the children, and check the environmental conditions. Only then can a trail appear.” Not everyone sees the dearth of boys as a problem. One villager, perhaps making a veiled reference to Poland's war-scarred history said that the string of daughters was a good omen.  “They once said that ‘when boys are born there will be war, when girls are born there will be peace’ so thank God it is as it is,” she said.


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  • 47/75   Republicans can find common ground on guns, Kellyanne Conway says
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    President Donald Trump is "actively talking to Republicans and Democrats" on background checks, Conway said.

    President Donald Trump is "actively talking to Republicans and Democrats" on background checks, Conway said.


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  • 48/75   US military says service member dead in Iraq mission
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    The US military said Saturday that an American service member died during an operation alongside Iraqi security personnel in Nineveh province.  'One US service member died today during an Iraqi Security Force mission in... Iraq, while advising and accompanying the ISF during a planned operation,' US Central Command said in a statement.  Iraq's government in late 2017 declared victory against IS, which seized vast swathes of the country including the key northern city of Mosul in a lightning 2014 offensive.

    The US military said Saturday that an American service member died during an operation alongside Iraqi security personnel in Nineveh province. 'One US service member died today during an Iraqi Security Force mission in... Iraq, while advising and accompanying the ISF during a planned operation,' US Central Command said in a statement. Iraq's government in late 2017 declared victory against IS, which seized vast swathes of the country including the key northern city of Mosul in a lightning 2014 offensive.


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  • 49/75   Man armed with AR-15 that killed 2 in rush hour traffic on Thursday arrested Saturday
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    ATF said they assisted HPD with arresting the man from the double shooting.

    ATF said they assisted HPD with arresting the man from the double shooting.


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  • 50/75   Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time
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    This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on at 11 observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain as a protest blocks the road to the summit, one of the world's premier sites for studying the skies.  Astronomers said Friday they will attempt to resume observations, but they have already lost four weeks of viewing — and in some cases won't be able to make up the missed research.  Protesters, who are trying to stop the construction of yet another telescope at the site, say they should not be blamed for the shutdown.

    This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on at 11 observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain as a protest blocks the road to the summit, one of the world's premier sites for studying the skies. Astronomers said Friday they will attempt to resume observations, but they have already lost four weeks of viewing — and in some cases won't be able to make up the missed research. Protesters, who are trying to stop the construction of yet another telescope at the site, say they should not be blamed for the shutdown.


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  • 51/75   DNA evidence: This New England 'vampire' was named John Barber in life
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    For decades, archaeologists, historians and DNA experts, have investigated a Connecticut vampire. Now they have new information, a name: John Barber.

    For decades, archaeologists, historians and DNA experts, have investigated a Connecticut vampire. Now they have new information, a name: John Barber.


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  • 52/75   Too much screen time linked to a child's risk of being overweight: study
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    New European research has found that children who spend a lot of time in front of a screen also appear to have an increased risk of being overweight and abdominal obesity, regardless of how active they are.  The children were classified as light, medium, or heavy screen users, which included viewing TV shows and films on any screen-based device and using computers, and having a low, medium, or high level of physical activity.  The researchers also recorded the children's height, weight, and waist circumference.

    New European research has found that children who spend a lot of time in front of a screen also appear to have an increased risk of being overweight and abdominal obesity, regardless of how active they are. The children were classified as light, medium, or heavy screen users, which included viewing TV shows and films on any screen-based device and using computers, and having a low, medium, or high level of physical activity. The researchers also recorded the children's height, weight, and waist circumference.


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  • 53/75   Get These 4 Vaccines for College
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    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...

    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...


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  • 54/75   China cuts 2019/20 corn use forecast by 2 million tonnes due to African swine fever
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    China's agriculture ministry on Thursday said it was lowering its forecast for corn consumption in the 2019/20 crop year amid outbreaks of African swine fever across the country.  The ministry said corn consumption was now seen 2 million tonnes lower than last month's forecast at 280 million tonnes because a huge fall in the pig herd was reducing demand for feed.  African swine fever is fatal to pigs, though it doesn't harm humans.

    China's agriculture ministry on Thursday said it was lowering its forecast for corn consumption in the 2019/20 crop year amid outbreaks of African swine fever across the country. The ministry said corn consumption was now seen 2 million tonnes lower than last month's forecast at 280 million tonnes because a huge fall in the pig herd was reducing demand for feed. African swine fever is fatal to pigs, though it doesn't harm humans.


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  • 55/75   Are Nightshade Vegetables Really That Bad For Us? Here's The Truth.
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    Experts get to the bottom of whether tomatoes, eggplants and peppers can be bad for you.

    Experts get to the bottom of whether tomatoes, eggplants and peppers can be bad for you.


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  • 56/75   Texas teenager dies after he's mauled by 3 dogs
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    A 16-year-old has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked by three dogs in the early hours of Saturday morning in Irving, Texas.  In an attempt to save the boy, the officers then jumped the fence and attempted to get in between the boy and the dogs, according to a police statement.

    A 16-year-old has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked by three dogs in the early hours of Saturday morning in Irving, Texas. In an attempt to save the boy, the officers then jumped the fence and attempted to get in between the boy and the dogs, according to a police statement.


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  • 57/75   What to know about PCOS, the most common hormonal issue affecting women
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    Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormone abnormality that affects around 1 in 10 women.  The origins of PCOS aren't entirely clear but PCOS can affect women's overall health and appearance, and can be a treatable cause of infertility.  According to the National Institute of Health, the causes of PCOS are very complex.

    Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormone abnormality that affects around 1 in 10 women. The origins of PCOS aren't entirely clear but PCOS can affect women's overall health and appearance, and can be a treatable cause of infertility. According to the National Institute of Health, the causes of PCOS are very complex.


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  • 58/75   The Army Will Soon Have a New Way to Win the Wars of the Future
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    (Washington, D.C.) When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- “battery life” can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death.Units of forward positioned Army soldiers may not have quick access to battery recharging and may therefore depend entirely upon the functionality of their batteries - needed to power night vision, radios, small soldier-worn sensors, portable laptops for drone control and other combat-essential items. Without the requisite battery power to advance, soldiers might be forced to retreat or, of even greater consequence, become far more vulnerable to enemy fire.It goes without saying that attacking soldiers, especially those on the move on foot, need lightweight, electrically powered equipment for communications, data sharing, enemy tracking, targeting and some weaponry. Therefore, for many years Army weapons developers have been closely focused upon “lightening the load” for soldiers to increase combat quickness, endurance and functionality; this broad-sweeping effort includes not only lighter boots, body armor, belts, backpacks, uniforms and even some weaponry.It is within this broader context that the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is now funding Cornell University to engineer small, portable, lightweight, durable and longer-lasting Fuel Cells engineered to produce electricity -- Dr Purush Iyer, Army research office regarding AI & Fuel Cells Research, ARL, told Warrior.Iyer explained how scientists are now working intensely to manufacture new smaller, safer and more efficient electricity-generating Fuel Cells for soldiers in combat. Larger form-factor Fuel Cells already exist. For example, Fuel Cells are now being integrated into “Auxiliary Power Units” for Abrams tanks. In a manner quite similar to the smaller Fuel Cells now under development, these larger Fuel Cells are being integrated to enhance and extend the performance of the Abram’s sensors, weapons, on-board electronics and computer systems. Like many armored combat vehicles, Abrams tanks are very power-dependent and fast-emerging modernization is increasingly requiring the vehicle to generate more electrical power.This new effort, however, is quite different that ongoing work to develop Fuel Cells suited for larger combat vehicles; it is instead focused upon an advanced effort to engineer entirely new Fuel Cells. Most existing Fuel Cells, Iyer explained, are now created by “oxidizing” Hydrogen to generate electricity. The new method, which Iyer says may still be more than five years away from being operational, replaces Hydrogen with Methanol.“We are looking at alternatives to oxidizing Hydrogen Fuel Cells and searching for materials that act as a catalyst in Methanol oxidation. When Hydrogen is oxidized, you get water and it is much harder to control than Methanol. When Methanol is oxidized it produces power,” Iyer told Warrior.In short, scientists are using advanced techniques to find new materials best suited to produce “alloys,” Iyer explained.Alloys, which are substances made by combining and mixing metals and non-metallic objects, are essential to Fuel Cell construction.“Alloys are formed by two-to-three different materials. We have a combination of alloys we put together, and we want to know what happens when we mix “x” with “y” and “z,” Iyer explained.“We look to determine desired material properties by analyzing what produces changes in materials,” Iyer said.Key material properties can be discovered by finding critical points Iyer referred to as “hidden variables.”“There are these critical points where things change immensely. By mapping out where those boundaries are, we look at phased transitions to identify peaks and valleys which show you how the properties of how the materials change,” Iyer said.Fuel Cells and AI“The surprising aspect of this is that AI and machine learning can play a role,” Iyer said.The search to discern ideal new materials, by analyzing how properties change, requires massive amounts of data collection - a circumstance which is now enabled by fast-evolving applications of Artificial Intelligence, Iyer explained. Gathering and analyzing enormous volumes of microscopic data is a lengthy, laborious and complex process.“AI is used to search through the data to identify those big changes in properties. If you do this blindly it will take an exponential amount of time. You have this data which is voluminous and takes months for a material scientist to sift through,” Iyer explained.The ongoing process relies upon extensive collaboration between scientists and AI experts looking at how to solve data-volume problems by using AI.AI can take a graph of data and “figure out where peaks and valleys are,” essentially pinpointing changes and fluctuations in the materials to find those “properties” best suited for building new alloys essential to the construction of fuel cells. This is of tremendous consequence to the current discovery process, as AI is known for having a lightning-fast system of gathering new information -- and instantly comparing it against a vast or seemingly limitless database -- to find moments of relevance, perform close to real-time analytics and solve complex problems.Therefore, identifying moments of difference, and discerning pertinent patterns is essential to finding the needed material properties by using AI exponentially optimizes the search for new materials.The process for this analysis, Iyer explained, involves the use of a complex scientific methodology known as “X-ray Crystallography.”X-ray crystallography, as defined in scientific journals, is a specific technique used for assessing the atomic and molecular structure of a crystal which can cause a beam of X-rays to “diffract.”This process continues to be widely used by health experts to analyze proteins and certain materials needed for pharmaceutical drugs, among other things.By measuring the angles and intensities of diffracted beams, scientific experts can determine the “density of electrons within the crystal,” according to a “Metallurgy and Material Science” essay from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. This process, the paper states, helps analyze the structure and properties of molecules and atoms, such as the “size of atoms.” The X-ray crystallography process is used to discern differences among various materials … especially alloys - of great significance to Fuel Cells.Interestingly, an essay from the “Journal of Clinical Pathology” from as far back as 2000 points to the data-gathering and data-analysis challenges fundamental to the X-ray Crystallography process. By referring to “algorithms and software packages,” the essay seems to anticipate the kinds of complexities and problems scientists are now using AI to address.“The processing of the diffraction data is mathematically complex. Fortunately, however, well established algorithms are available in many software packages and program suites. Their existence enables the relative newcomer to process data and calculate an electron density map,” the paper states. (Paper archived in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. M.S. Smith & JHJ Martin.)The extensive volumes of data this process requires makes it an ideal area of great relevance to AI, as Iyer explained. Along these lines, in a manner consistent with Iyer’s point, the essay goes on to explain that the amount of data gathered through the X-ray Crystallography diffraction process is so vast that it often needs to be “scaled” into “data subsets.”Of course the essay, while pointing to the impact of software and algorithms upon the X-ray Crystallography process, was written at a time when humans would need to perform enormous amounts of data processing relative to what AI-empowered modern techniques can accomplish.While the research is still fairly early on and not likely to fully evolve into operational status for at least another five years, initial laboratory work is already showing great promise.“The next step is for a material scientist to take those identified particular materials and do further testing,” Iyer said.Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

    (Washington, D.C.) When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- “battery life” can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death.Units of forward positioned Army soldiers may not have quick access to battery recharging and may therefore depend entirely upon the functionality of their batteries - needed to power night vision, radios, small soldier-worn sensors, portable laptops for drone control and other combat-essential items. Without the requisite battery power to advance, soldiers might be forced to retreat or, of even greater consequence, become far more vulnerable to enemy fire.It goes without saying that attacking soldiers, especially those on the move on foot, need lightweight, electrically powered equipment for communications, data sharing, enemy tracking, targeting and some weaponry. Therefore, for many years Army weapons developers have been closely focused upon “lightening the load” for soldiers to increase combat quickness, endurance and functionality; this broad-sweeping effort includes not only lighter boots, body armor, belts, backpacks, uniforms and even some weaponry.It is within this broader context that the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is now funding Cornell University to engineer small, portable, lightweight, durable and longer-lasting Fuel Cells engineered to produce electricity -- Dr Purush Iyer, Army research office regarding AI & Fuel Cells Research, ARL, told Warrior.Iyer explained how scientists are now working intensely to manufacture new smaller, safer and more efficient electricity-generating Fuel Cells for soldiers in combat. Larger form-factor Fuel Cells already exist. For example, Fuel Cells are now being integrated into “Auxiliary Power Units” for Abrams tanks. In a manner quite similar to the smaller Fuel Cells now under development, these larger Fuel Cells are being integrated to enhance and extend the performance of the Abram’s sensors, weapons, on-board electronics and computer systems. Like many armored combat vehicles, Abrams tanks are very power-dependent and fast-emerging modernization is increasingly requiring the vehicle to generate more electrical power.This new effort, however, is quite different that ongoing work to develop Fuel Cells suited for larger combat vehicles; it is instead focused upon an advanced effort to engineer entirely new Fuel Cells. Most existing Fuel Cells, Iyer explained, are now created by “oxidizing” Hydrogen to generate electricity. The new method, which Iyer says may still be more than five years away from being operational, replaces Hydrogen with Methanol.“We are looking at alternatives to oxidizing Hydrogen Fuel Cells and searching for materials that act as a catalyst in Methanol oxidation. When Hydrogen is oxidized, you get water and it is much harder to control than Methanol. When Methanol is oxidized it produces power,” Iyer told Warrior.In short, scientists are using advanced techniques to find new materials best suited to produce “alloys,” Iyer explained.Alloys, which are substances made by combining and mixing metals and non-metallic objects, are essential to Fuel Cell construction.“Alloys are formed by two-to-three different materials. We have a combination of alloys we put together, and we want to know what happens when we mix “x” with “y” and “z,” Iyer explained.“We look to determine desired material properties by analyzing what produces changes in materials,” Iyer said.Key material properties can be discovered by finding critical points Iyer referred to as “hidden variables.”“There are these critical points where things change immensely. By mapping out where those boundaries are, we look at phased transitions to identify peaks and valleys which show you how the properties of how the materials change,” Iyer said.Fuel Cells and AI“The surprising aspect of this is that AI and machine learning can play a role,” Iyer said.The search to discern ideal new materials, by analyzing how properties change, requires massive amounts of data collection - a circumstance which is now enabled by fast-evolving applications of Artificial Intelligence, Iyer explained. Gathering and analyzing enormous volumes of microscopic data is a lengthy, laborious and complex process.“AI is used to search through the data to identify those big changes in properties. If you do this blindly it will take an exponential amount of time. You have this data which is voluminous and takes months for a material scientist to sift through,” Iyer explained.The ongoing process relies upon extensive collaboration between scientists and AI experts looking at how to solve data-volume problems by using AI.AI can take a graph of data and “figure out where peaks and valleys are,” essentially pinpointing changes and fluctuations in the materials to find those “properties” best suited for building new alloys essential to the construction of fuel cells. This is of tremendous consequence to the current discovery process, as AI is known for having a lightning-fast system of gathering new information -- and instantly comparing it against a vast or seemingly limitless database -- to find moments of relevance, perform close to real-time analytics and solve complex problems.Therefore, identifying moments of difference, and discerning pertinent patterns is essential to finding the needed material properties by using AI exponentially optimizes the search for new materials.The process for this analysis, Iyer explained, involves the use of a complex scientific methodology known as “X-ray Crystallography.”X-ray crystallography, as defined in scientific journals, is a specific technique used for assessing the atomic and molecular structure of a crystal which can cause a beam of X-rays to “diffract.”This process continues to be widely used by health experts to analyze proteins and certain materials needed for pharmaceutical drugs, among other things.By measuring the angles and intensities of diffracted beams, scientific experts can determine the “density of electrons within the crystal,” according to a “Metallurgy and Material Science” essay from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. This process, the paper states, helps analyze the structure and properties of molecules and atoms, such as the “size of atoms.” The X-ray crystallography process is used to discern differences among various materials … especially alloys - of great significance to Fuel Cells.Interestingly, an essay from the “Journal of Clinical Pathology” from as far back as 2000 points to the data-gathering and data-analysis challenges fundamental to the X-ray Crystallography process. By referring to “algorithms and software packages,” the essay seems to anticipate the kinds of complexities and problems scientists are now using AI to address.“The processing of the diffraction data is mathematically complex. Fortunately, however, well established algorithms are available in many software packages and program suites. Their existence enables the relative newcomer to process data and calculate an electron density map,” the paper states. (Paper archived in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. M.S. Smith & JHJ Martin.)The extensive volumes of data this process requires makes it an ideal area of great relevance to AI, as Iyer explained. Along these lines, in a manner consistent with Iyer’s point, the essay goes on to explain that the amount of data gathered through the X-ray Crystallography diffraction process is so vast that it often needs to be “scaled” into “data subsets.”Of course the essay, while pointing to the impact of software and algorithms upon the X-ray Crystallography process, was written at a time when humans would need to perform enormous amounts of data processing relative to what AI-empowered modern techniques can accomplish.While the research is still fairly early on and not likely to fully evolve into operational status for at least another five years, initial laboratory work is already showing great promise.“The next step is for a material scientist to take those identified particular materials and do further testing,” Iyer said.Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.


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  • 59/75   RIP F-22 and F-35? Is China on Verge of Developing 'Super' Stealth Fighters?
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    Metamaterials have been a popular research subject for more than a decade, Financial Times reported in 2018. “Metamaterials first captured the public imagination in 2006, when John Pendry of Imperial College published two papers showing how to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak using the specially engineered materials.”Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar.(This first appeared last month.)But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is.Prof. Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu, said they had created the first-ever mathematical model to precisely describe the behavior of electromagnetic waves when they “strike a piece of metal engraved with microscopic patterns,” according to South China Morning Post.The newspaper cited a statement Luo’s team posted on the academy’s website on July 15, 2019.“With their new model and breakthroughs in materials fabrication, they developed a membrane, known as a ‘metasurface,’ which can absorb radar waves in the widest spectrum yet reported,” South China Morning Post reported.> At present, stealth aircraft mainly rely on special geometry – their body shape – to deflect radar signals, but those designs can affect aerodynamic performance. They also use radar absorbing paint, which has a high density but only works against a limited frequency spectrum.> > In one test, the new technology cut the strength of a reflected radar signal – measured in decibels – by between 10 and nearly 30dB in a frequency range from 0.3 to 40 gigahertz.> > A stealth technologist from Fudan University in Shanghai, who was not involved in the work, said a fighter jet or warship using the new technology could feasibly fool all military radar systems in operation today.Luo’s claims and breathless comment on their implications do not constitute a major change in the way companies develop stealth warplanes or the military balance of power among operators of such aircraft.That’s because the metasurface Luo is working on is just one example of type of metamaterial that has been the subject of research all over the world. It’s not terribly new. If and when it begins to appear in front-line aircraft, it could improve stealth qualities in a wide range of aircraft on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.Metamaterials have been a popular research subject for more than a decade, Financial Times reported in 2018. “Metamaterials first captured the public imagination in 2006, when John Pendry of Imperial College published two papers showing how to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak using the specially engineered materials.”> David Smith, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, who was a co-author of the research, went on to produce the first functioning cloak — although it made objects invisible to microwaves rather than to visible light. Now, the same technology is starting to be used in a number of commercial products.> > Because certain metamaterials can control electromagnetic waves, they can also be used to improve the performance of satellite antennas and sensors. These commercial uses may be less headline-grabbing than an invisibility shield, but they show that metamaterials are coming out of the lab and into everyday use.> > “These are the earliest pushes,” says Tom Driscoll, chief technology officer of Echodyne, which makes radar for drones, one of the products that uses the emerging technology. “It is a time when [people are] starting to emerge from their research or stealth development phases and ship general availability products.”Lockheed Martin, which makes the U.S. military’s F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters, is a big investor in metamaterials. In 2017 the company partnered with a Canadian firm that produces lightweight metamaterials for solar-energy applications.Metamaterials clearly are promising and, over time, could wind their way into various countries’ warplane-production. But they are not revolutionary.South China Morning Post in a 2018 story gave voice to the skeptics. “There is debate in the research community about the value” of metamaterials under development by a research team at Southeast University in Nanjing, the newspaper explained.“There is not a clear-cut definition of a metamaterial, so not everyone in the research community agrees with their claim,” a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences said. “The consensus is that their product still has a lot of room for improvement.”David Axe serves as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels  War Fix, War Is Boring and Machete Squad.

    Metamaterials have been a popular research subject for more than a decade, Financial Times reported in 2018. “Metamaterials first captured the public imagination in 2006, when John Pendry of Imperial College published two papers showing how to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak using the specially engineered materials.”Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar.(This first appeared last month.)But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is.Prof. Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu, said they had created the first-ever mathematical model to precisely describe the behavior of electromagnetic waves when they “strike a piece of metal engraved with microscopic patterns,” according to South China Morning Post.The newspaper cited a statement Luo’s team posted on the academy’s website on July 15, 2019.“With their new model and breakthroughs in materials fabrication, they developed a membrane, known as a ‘metasurface,’ which can absorb radar waves in the widest spectrum yet reported,” South China Morning Post reported.> At present, stealth aircraft mainly rely on special geometry – their body shape – to deflect radar signals, but those designs can affect aerodynamic performance. They also use radar absorbing paint, which has a high density but only works against a limited frequency spectrum.> > In one test, the new technology cut the strength of a reflected radar signal – measured in decibels – by between 10 and nearly 30dB in a frequency range from 0.3 to 40 gigahertz.> > A stealth technologist from Fudan University in Shanghai, who was not involved in the work, said a fighter jet or warship using the new technology could feasibly fool all military radar systems in operation today.Luo’s claims and breathless comment on their implications do not constitute a major change in the way companies develop stealth warplanes or the military balance of power among operators of such aircraft.That’s because the metasurface Luo is working on is just one example of type of metamaterial that has been the subject of research all over the world. It’s not terribly new. If and when it begins to appear in front-line aircraft, it could improve stealth qualities in a wide range of aircraft on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.Metamaterials have been a popular research subject for more than a decade, Financial Times reported in 2018. “Metamaterials first captured the public imagination in 2006, when John Pendry of Imperial College published two papers showing how to create a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak using the specially engineered materials.”> David Smith, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, who was a co-author of the research, went on to produce the first functioning cloak — although it made objects invisible to microwaves rather than to visible light. Now, the same technology is starting to be used in a number of commercial products.> > Because certain metamaterials can control electromagnetic waves, they can also be used to improve the performance of satellite antennas and sensors. These commercial uses may be less headline-grabbing than an invisibility shield, but they show that metamaterials are coming out of the lab and into everyday use.> > “These are the earliest pushes,” says Tom Driscoll, chief technology officer of Echodyne, which makes radar for drones, one of the products that uses the emerging technology. “It is a time when [people are] starting to emerge from their research or stealth development phases and ship general availability products.”Lockheed Martin, which makes the U.S. military’s F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters, is a big investor in metamaterials. In 2017 the company partnered with a Canadian firm that produces lightweight metamaterials for solar-energy applications.Metamaterials clearly are promising and, over time, could wind their way into various countries’ warplane-production. But they are not revolutionary.South China Morning Post in a 2018 story gave voice to the skeptics. “There is debate in the research community about the value” of metamaterials under development by a research team at Southeast University in Nanjing, the newspaper explained.“There is not a clear-cut definition of a metamaterial, so not everyone in the research community agrees with their claim,” a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences said. “The consensus is that their product still has a lot of room for improvement.”David Axe serves as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels  War Fix, War Is Boring and Machete Squad.


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  • 60/75   Hong Kong flights cancelled as thousands protest at airport after night of violence
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    All flights out of Hong Kong airport were cancelled yesterday after thousands of demonstrators occupied one of the world’s busiest travel hubs, as Beijing denounced the protests as "terrorism". The sudden airport shutdown came as mass demonstrations spilled into a third month, despite rising threats from the authorities. On Monday, Beijing officials gave their third press conference in as many weeks, a rarity for authorities in normal times. “Radical protesters have been frequently using extremely dangerous tools to attack the police in recent days, constituting serious criminal acts with sprouts of terrorism emerging,” said Yang Guang, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, which reports to China’s cabinet.   Violence escalated significantly between protesters and police over the weekend, as officers shot tear gas into underground subway stations for the first time after mass demonstrations began early June. Police have made more than 600 arrests in recent days. Hong Kong police said 5,000 people were at the airport protest Credit: Vincent Thian /AP Protesters had already occupied the airport for days when more flooded in Monday. Some wore black eye patches, waving signs that read “Hong Kong is not safe,” “Shame on the police,” and “An eye for an eye,” turning out to express their anger after one person thought to have been shot by a beanbag round in her right eye was hospitalised. Stations on the city’s airport express line were filled with confused passengers unable to get to the airport, many of whom were on the phone with family, friends and colleagues to sort backup travel plans, while other visitors disembarked from the train after being turned away at the airport. Hong Kong airport is the world's 8th busiest, with frequent departures to more than 180 cities, and a hub for travel to much of Asia.  Police have ramped up the use of force against protesters in recent weeks Credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP Roads leading to the airport were gridlocked yesterday afternoon, and a nearby hotel was flooded with people looking for a last-minute stay. Shocking footage of HongKong riot police charging into a subway station pursuing pro-democracy activists and firing into them at point blank range. I’ve seen police being provoked here but I’m speechless. Carrie Lam says no police inquiry needed they’re investigating themselves. pic.twitter.com/R61BytE6ft— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) August 11, 2019 Many of those whose travel was interrupted expressed support for the protestes. “I think China is facing a difficult time. I am glad they haven’t put out tanks yet," said James Campbell, a 26-year-old civil engineer from Sydney en route to Taipei. "I can see where these protesters are coming from.” The protests have brought millions into the streets, plunging the former British colony into its most serious political crisis since being returned to Chinese rule and representing the biggest challenge ever to Xi Jinping’s power as the leader of the Chinese Communist Party. A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside Tsim Sha Tsui Police station during a demonstration  Credit: AFP Demonstrations first began in opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill that would have sent people to face trial in mainland China, where Communist Party control of the courts contributes to a 99.9 per cent conviction rate. Protesters - increasingly angry as police continue to use escalating violence to disperse crowds - have now expanded their demands, calling for wider political reforms including direct leadership elections. Let us admin HK is a police state. Riot police push down peaceful protestor on the escalator of railway station. pic.twitter.com/gycHF8E8Zo— Joshua Wong ??? (@joshuawongcf) August 11, 2019 Despite many mass rallies now ending in violence as night falls with police shooting tear gas, rubber bullets, and foam rounds, broad support has continued to swell and show no signs of splintering.  After all flights were cancelled, protesters and pro-democracy lawmakers began encouraging the crowds to leave out of concern that police might fire tear gas into the airport as dozens of police vans had been spotted en route. Protesters use steels barricades to form a defensive line inside the Quarry bay MTR station Credit: AP But many continued to stay on, peacefully chanting in the arrivals hall, “Liberate Hong Kong!” and approaching arriving visitors with flyers that listed their demands and explaining the political situation.

    All flights out of Hong Kong airport were cancelled yesterday after thousands of demonstrators occupied one of the world’s busiest travel hubs, as Beijing denounced the protests as "terrorism". The sudden airport shutdown came as mass demonstrations spilled into a third month, despite rising threats from the authorities. On Monday, Beijing officials gave their third press conference in as many weeks, a rarity for authorities in normal times. “Radical protesters have been frequently using extremely dangerous tools to attack the police in recent days, constituting serious criminal acts with sprouts of terrorism emerging,” said Yang Guang, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, which reports to China’s cabinet.   Violence escalated significantly between protesters and police over the weekend, as officers shot tear gas into underground subway stations for the first time after mass demonstrations began early June. Police have made more than 600 arrests in recent days. Hong Kong police said 5,000 people were at the airport protest Credit: Vincent Thian /AP Protesters had already occupied the airport for days when more flooded in Monday. Some wore black eye patches, waving signs that read “Hong Kong is not safe,” “Shame on the police,” and “An eye for an eye,” turning out to express their anger after one person thought to have been shot by a beanbag round in her right eye was hospitalised. Stations on the city’s airport express line were filled with confused passengers unable to get to the airport, many of whom were on the phone with family, friends and colleagues to sort backup travel plans, while other visitors disembarked from the train after being turned away at the airport. Hong Kong airport is the world's 8th busiest, with frequent departures to more than 180 cities, and a hub for travel to much of Asia.  Police have ramped up the use of force against protesters in recent weeks Credit: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP Roads leading to the airport were gridlocked yesterday afternoon, and a nearby hotel was flooded with people looking for a last-minute stay. Shocking footage of HongKong riot police charging into a subway station pursuing pro-democracy activists and firing into them at point blank range. I’ve seen police being provoked here but I’m speechless. Carrie Lam says no police inquiry needed they’re investigating themselves. pic.twitter.com/R61BytE6ft— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) August 11, 2019 Many of those whose travel was interrupted expressed support for the protestes. “I think China is facing a difficult time. I am glad they haven’t put out tanks yet," said James Campbell, a 26-year-old civil engineer from Sydney en route to Taipei. "I can see where these protesters are coming from.” The protests have brought millions into the streets, plunging the former British colony into its most serious political crisis since being returned to Chinese rule and representing the biggest challenge ever to Xi Jinping’s power as the leader of the Chinese Communist Party. A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside Tsim Sha Tsui Police station during a demonstration  Credit: AFP Demonstrations first began in opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill that would have sent people to face trial in mainland China, where Communist Party control of the courts contributes to a 99.9 per cent conviction rate. Protesters - increasingly angry as police continue to use escalating violence to disperse crowds - have now expanded their demands, calling for wider political reforms including direct leadership elections. Let us admin HK is a police state. Riot police push down peaceful protestor on the escalator of railway station. pic.twitter.com/gycHF8E8Zo— Joshua Wong ??? (@joshuawongcf) August 11, 2019 Despite many mass rallies now ending in violence as night falls with police shooting tear gas, rubber bullets, and foam rounds, broad support has continued to swell and show no signs of splintering.  After all flights were cancelled, protesters and pro-democracy lawmakers began encouraging the crowds to leave out of concern that police might fire tear gas into the airport as dozens of police vans had been spotted en route. Protesters use steels barricades to form a defensive line inside the Quarry bay MTR station Credit: AP But many continued to stay on, peacefully chanting in the arrivals hall, “Liberate Hong Kong!” and approaching arriving visitors with flyers that listed their demands and explaining the political situation.


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  • 61/75   U.K. Doesn’t See EU Moving on Brexit for at Least a Month
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    (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. government doesn’t expect the European Union to shift its position on Brexit for at least a month, a person familiar with the matter said.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is insisting the EU must reopen the Withdrawal Agreement it negotiated with his predecessor, Theresa May, and drop the so-called Irish backstop, a fall-back position designed to keep the border with Ireland open. That’s something EU leaders have said they won’t countenance.Johnson has said the U.K. will leave the bloc “do or die” on Oct. 31 -- if necessary, without a deal. But members of parliament who oppose a no-deal Brexit are plotting ways to frustrate the premier.EU leaders are waiting to see if those MPs, including members of Johnson’s own Tories, are able to use proceedings in the House of Commons to tie Johnson’s hands, according to the person, who declined to be named discussing government thinking. Sept. 9 is shaping up to be an occasion when those rebels could act, they said.That’s because under an amendment to Northern Ireland legislation forced through by rebels last month, the government is required to make a statement on Sept. 4 about progress toward restoring the Northern Ireland Executive, and hold a debate five days later. No-deal opponents could use that debate to seize control of parliament’s agenda, a necessary first step to blocking no-deal.The debate, and votes around it, will be a first indication of the strength of opposition to no-deal in parliament, and whether there is a route to tying Johnson’s hands. After that, the EU will have a clearer idea of what parliamentary rebels are able to do, the person said.Macron, MerkelWhile Johnson has spoken by phone with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron since taking office last month, he’s yet to meet them in person. He’s due to meet Macron and Merkel at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France at the end of August. The person said that Johnson is prepared to meet with leaders face-to-face to lay out the U.K. position, but that no negotiation is really possible until the bloc retreats from its red line on re-opening the Withdrawal Agreement.In the meantime, Johnson has announced a slew of domestic policy initiatives including hiring more police, expanding prisons and plowing more cash into the National Health Service. He’s made spending commitments to the tune of about 2 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) a week since taking office, fueling speculation he’s preparing for an early general election.“There’s been a whole series of these announcements and Boris doesn’t quite explain how he would pay for it,” Labour’s home affairs spokeswoman, Diane Abbott, told BBC radio on Monday. “This is a pre-election period. Even if he doesn’t go ahead and have an election in the autumn, he’s clearing the ground.”To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert Hutton, David MerrittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. government doesn’t expect the European Union to shift its position on Brexit for at least a month, a person familiar with the matter said.Prime Minister Boris Johnson is insisting the EU must reopen the Withdrawal Agreement it negotiated with his predecessor, Theresa May, and drop the so-called Irish backstop, a fall-back position designed to keep the border with Ireland open. That’s something EU leaders have said they won’t countenance.Johnson has said the U.K. will leave the bloc “do or die” on Oct. 31 -- if necessary, without a deal. But members of parliament who oppose a no-deal Brexit are plotting ways to frustrate the premier.EU leaders are waiting to see if those MPs, including members of Johnson’s own Tories, are able to use proceedings in the House of Commons to tie Johnson’s hands, according to the person, who declined to be named discussing government thinking. Sept. 9 is shaping up to be an occasion when those rebels could act, they said.That’s because under an amendment to Northern Ireland legislation forced through by rebels last month, the government is required to make a statement on Sept. 4 about progress toward restoring the Northern Ireland Executive, and hold a debate five days later. No-deal opponents could use that debate to seize control of parliament’s agenda, a necessary first step to blocking no-deal.The debate, and votes around it, will be a first indication of the strength of opposition to no-deal in parliament, and whether there is a route to tying Johnson’s hands. After that, the EU will have a clearer idea of what parliamentary rebels are able to do, the person said.Macron, MerkelWhile Johnson has spoken by phone with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron since taking office last month, he’s yet to meet them in person. He’s due to meet Macron and Merkel at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France at the end of August. The person said that Johnson is prepared to meet with leaders face-to-face to lay out the U.K. position, but that no negotiation is really possible until the bloc retreats from its red line on re-opening the Withdrawal Agreement.In the meantime, Johnson has announced a slew of domestic policy initiatives including hiring more police, expanding prisons and plowing more cash into the National Health Service. He’s made spending commitments to the tune of about 2 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) a week since taking office, fueling speculation he’s preparing for an early general election.“There’s been a whole series of these announcements and Boris doesn’t quite explain how he would pay for it,” Labour’s home affairs spokeswoman, Diane Abbott, told BBC radio on Monday. “This is a pre-election period. Even if he doesn’t go ahead and have an election in the autumn, he’s clearing the ground.”To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert Hutton, David MerrittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 62/75   Mohammed bin Salman backs Yemeni government as Saudi-led coalition descends into infighting
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    Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, has thrown his weight behind the Yemeni government as it battles against a separatist group backed by Saudi Arabia’s allies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The prince’s military coalition in Yemen fractured dramatically over the weekend as the Yemeni government and the southern separatists turned their guns on each other after years of fight side-by-side under Saudi leadership.    The intense fighting in the port city of Aden left 40 people dead as separatist forces, who seek an independent state in south Yemen, seized control of government buildings and fought against presidential guards.   Saudi jets carried out an airstrike in Aden in support of government troops and Prince Mohammed met with the Yemeni president, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, on Sunday night in a show of support.  Mr Hadi’s office said the two men discussed the separatist “coup” against the government and “various other crimes against the sons of Aden”.  By Monday morning a tense calm appeared to have settled over Aden with no reports of fresh fighting between the two sides. Humanitarian groups warned that thousands of civilians were trapped in the firing line.  Mohammed bin Salman is supporting the Yemeni government. Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo But it was unclear how the standoff would be resolved and whether separatist forces, known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC), would withdraw from seized government buildings. Aidarus al-Zubaidi, the head of the STC, said he was committed to a ceasefire and was prepared to travel to Saudi Arabia to negotiate a long-term truce.  He said his forces had moved against the Yemeni government because he had intelligence that government troops were preparing to launch an attack of their own.  Even if the immediate crisis in Aden can be resolved, the violence highlights the deep fractures in Prince Mohammed’s coalition, which has been struggling for more than four years against Houthi rebels aligned with Iran.     Saudi Arabia led an Arab military coalition into an air campaign against Houthi forces in 2015 in an effort to restore Mr Hadi’s control over Yemen.  The fighting has plunged the country into famine and the UN now considers Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Thousands of civilians have been killed by the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes. The separatists are armed by the UAE Credit: REUTERS/Fawaz Salman The UAE, which has one of the region’s most effective militaries, played a major role in helping government forces push the Houthis back towards their stronghold in the country’s northwest.  It also provided weapons and support to the STC, arguing that the separatists were key partners in fighting both the Houthis and jihadists groups in Yemen.   However, the UAE withdrew most of its forces from Yemen in recent months, hampering the coalition’s ability to continue fighting the Houthis.   With their patrons withdrawing from Yemen, the STC decided to move against the Yemeni government.  In an statement over the weekend, the Yemeni embassy in Washington said it held “the United Arab Emirates fully responsible for the coup perpetrated against the state in Aden”.

    Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, has thrown his weight behind the Yemeni government as it battles against a separatist group backed by Saudi Arabia’s allies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The prince’s military coalition in Yemen fractured dramatically over the weekend as the Yemeni government and the southern separatists turned their guns on each other after years of fight side-by-side under Saudi leadership.    The intense fighting in the port city of Aden left 40 people dead as separatist forces, who seek an independent state in south Yemen, seized control of government buildings and fought against presidential guards.   Saudi jets carried out an airstrike in Aden in support of government troops and Prince Mohammed met with the Yemeni president, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, on Sunday night in a show of support.  Mr Hadi’s office said the two men discussed the separatist “coup” against the government and “various other crimes against the sons of Aden”.  By Monday morning a tense calm appeared to have settled over Aden with no reports of fresh fighting between the two sides. Humanitarian groups warned that thousands of civilians were trapped in the firing line.  Mohammed bin Salman is supporting the Yemeni government. Credit: REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo But it was unclear how the standoff would be resolved and whether separatist forces, known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC), would withdraw from seized government buildings. Aidarus al-Zubaidi, the head of the STC, said he was committed to a ceasefire and was prepared to travel to Saudi Arabia to negotiate a long-term truce.  He said his forces had moved against the Yemeni government because he had intelligence that government troops were preparing to launch an attack of their own.  Even if the immediate crisis in Aden can be resolved, the violence highlights the deep fractures in Prince Mohammed’s coalition, which has been struggling for more than four years against Houthi rebels aligned with Iran.     Saudi Arabia led an Arab military coalition into an air campaign against Houthi forces in 2015 in an effort to restore Mr Hadi’s control over Yemen.  The fighting has plunged the country into famine and the UN now considers Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Thousands of civilians have been killed by the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes. The separatists are armed by the UAE Credit: REUTERS/Fawaz Salman The UAE, which has one of the region’s most effective militaries, played a major role in helping government forces push the Houthis back towards their stronghold in the country’s northwest.  It also provided weapons and support to the STC, arguing that the separatists were key partners in fighting both the Houthis and jihadists groups in Yemen.   However, the UAE withdrew most of its forces from Yemen in recent months, hampering the coalition’s ability to continue fighting the Houthis.   With their patrons withdrawing from Yemen, the STC decided to move against the Yemeni government.  In an statement over the weekend, the Yemeni embassy in Washington said it held “the United Arab Emirates fully responsible for the coup perpetrated against the state in Aden”.


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  • 63/75   Kashmir in Lockdown, But India Says Restrictions Will Ease Soon
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    (Bloomberg) -- Large parts of Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of the world as a communications blackout entered its eighth day, although India said it would soon begin gradually easing restrictions.Television footage showed barbed wire barricades set up on the streets of Srinagar -- the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir -- where gun-toting security forces were guarding the streets. Some of the restrictions, including one that prohibits the assembly of people, were eased at the weekend, according to local officials and some media reports, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid.The restrictions were put on place to stop the spread of misinformation, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said at a briefing in New Delhi on Monday, noting the curbs were precautionary and would be lifted.“This is obviously a sensitive week, we have a major festival today, we have our independence day on Aug. 15,” Gokhale told reporters. Restrictions will be gradually eased “when we feel the law and order situation improves,” he said, without giving a timeline. Indian authorities imposed the lock down fearing massive protests after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended Kashmir’s seven decades of autonomy in a surprise move last week. In one swoop, the government pushed through a legislation which brought the region under central administration and allowed Indian citizens living outside the state to own land in Kashmir. The decision was taken within days of U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan. India rejected the offer that came after Trump met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to seek his help to pressure the Taliban into signing a permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan.On Monday, large numbers of people congregated for Eid prayers across the Kashmir valley, Imtiyaz Hussain, a Jammu and Kashmir police officer, posted on his personal Twitter handle.Authorities established 300 public telephone booths for communication, the government said in a statement, while banks started reopening on Saturday, according to Shahid Choudhary, the administration’s head in Srinagar.Still, the situation remained tense, with footage from the BBC showing protesters marching on the streets and clashing with security forces.Addressing nation on Thursday, Modi hailed a “new era” in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and said the move would bring prosperity to the region, while his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan warned of “genocide” once the curfew is lifted.On Sunday, Amit Shah, India’s home minister said the move will bring an “end to terrorism” in the state.Kashmir has been the main flash point between India and Pakistan since the British left the subcontinent in 1947. Both countries claim Kashmir as theirs and have fought two of their three wars over the territory.Responding to the development, Pakistan announced a series of measures to oppose what it called “unilateral and illegal actions” by India. Islamabad downgraded diplomatic relations and suspended bilateral trade with India and said it will take the matter to the United Nations Security Council and ensure its army remains vigilant. India urged Pakistan to review its decision.Pakistan also imposed altitude restrictions on foreign aircraft flying over Lahore on the weekend. Relations between the two South Asian rivals are already under strain following a suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitary troops in February. India responded with airstrikes and Pakistan retaliated by shooting down an Indian jet.India accuses Pakistan of supporting armed extremists in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan denies the charges and says it offers only moral support to separatists.(Updates with foreign secretary quote in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bibhudatta Pradhan.To contact the reporters on this story: Anirban Nag in Mumbai at anag8@bloomberg.net;Archana Chaudhary in New Delhi at achaudhary2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Subramaniam SharmaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Large parts of Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of the world as a communications blackout entered its eighth day, although India said it would soon begin gradually easing restrictions.Television footage showed barbed wire barricades set up on the streets of Srinagar -- the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir -- where gun-toting security forces were guarding the streets. Some of the restrictions, including one that prohibits the assembly of people, were eased at the weekend, according to local officials and some media reports, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid.The restrictions were put on place to stop the spread of misinformation, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said at a briefing in New Delhi on Monday, noting the curbs were precautionary and would be lifted.“This is obviously a sensitive week, we have a major festival today, we have our independence day on Aug. 15,” Gokhale told reporters. Restrictions will be gradually eased “when we feel the law and order situation improves,” he said, without giving a timeline. Indian authorities imposed the lock down fearing massive protests after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended Kashmir’s seven decades of autonomy in a surprise move last week. In one swoop, the government pushed through a legislation which brought the region under central administration and allowed Indian citizens living outside the state to own land in Kashmir. The decision was taken within days of U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan. India rejected the offer that came after Trump met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to seek his help to pressure the Taliban into signing a permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan.On Monday, large numbers of people congregated for Eid prayers across the Kashmir valley, Imtiyaz Hussain, a Jammu and Kashmir police officer, posted on his personal Twitter handle.Authorities established 300 public telephone booths for communication, the government said in a statement, while banks started reopening on Saturday, according to Shahid Choudhary, the administration’s head in Srinagar.Still, the situation remained tense, with footage from the BBC showing protesters marching on the streets and clashing with security forces.Addressing nation on Thursday, Modi hailed a “new era” in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and said the move would bring prosperity to the region, while his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan warned of “genocide” once the curfew is lifted.On Sunday, Amit Shah, India’s home minister said the move will bring an “end to terrorism” in the state.Kashmir has been the main flash point between India and Pakistan since the British left the subcontinent in 1947. Both countries claim Kashmir as theirs and have fought two of their three wars over the territory.Responding to the development, Pakistan announced a series of measures to oppose what it called “unilateral and illegal actions” by India. Islamabad downgraded diplomatic relations and suspended bilateral trade with India and said it will take the matter to the United Nations Security Council and ensure its army remains vigilant. India urged Pakistan to review its decision.Pakistan also imposed altitude restrictions on foreign aircraft flying over Lahore on the weekend. Relations between the two South Asian rivals are already under strain following a suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitary troops in February. India responded with airstrikes and Pakistan retaliated by shooting down an Indian jet.India accuses Pakistan of supporting armed extremists in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan denies the charges and says it offers only moral support to separatists.(Updates with foreign secretary quote in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bibhudatta Pradhan.To contact the reporters on this story: Anirban Nag in Mumbai at anag8@bloomberg.net;Archana Chaudhary in New Delhi at achaudhary2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Subramaniam SharmaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 64/75   Argentina Can’t Shake Its Turmoil Without End
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    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.Mauricio Macri is waking up with an almighty political hangover.The scale of the Argentine leader’s defeat in yesterday’s primary vote took pollsters and investors by surprise: Markets rose on Friday in expectation that he’d emerge with enough momentum to have a good shot at winning a second term in October’s presidential election.Now a market sell-off looms, and Macri’s presidential ambitions are hanging by a thread.The result is testament to Argentina’s near-permanent state of economic crisis and a revolving door of political fixes.Macri came to office in 2015 pledging a turnaround from the years of Cristina Kirchner, who presided over default and capital controls that made Argentina an international pariah.Four years on, Argentina is still in recession and saddled with rampant inflation, with bolted-on austerity following a record International Monetary Fund bailout Macri was forced to request last year.Voters used the primary — essentially a poll of national sentiment — to signal their dissatisfaction with Macri’s course. What is most worrying for investors is that the electorate instead opted for Alberto Fernandez, who has Kirchner as his running mate. Fernandez tried to reassure markets yesterday. But it’s unlikely to stop the rout today.Investors are clear they want Macri in power. Argentina’s voters seem to have other ideas.Global HeadlinesJust in: Five scientists killed in an explosion last week during a missile test on Russia’s White Sea had been working on developing a small-scale nuclear reactor, a top official said.Airport shutdown | Hong Kong airport authorities canceled remaining flights today after thousands of black-clad protesters swarmed the main terminal building for a fourth day — the biggest disruption yet to the city’s economy since demonstrations against Beijing’s increasing grip over the financial hub began in early June. Shares of Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s main airline, tumbled to a 10-year low. The unrest is the strongest challenge to Chinese control since the U.K. relinquished its former colony in 1997.Narrowing the field | The Iowa State Fair is a rite of passage for presidential contenders. But for the lowest polling candidates in the record-size Democratic field, the event took on an extra level of urgency this weekend. It was perhaps their final attempt to break through as they seek to qualify for the September debate in Houston. Those who fail to make the cut — and only nine have so far — might start bowing out.One top-tier candidate — Kamala Harris — portrayed herself as a pragmatist in an interview yesterday with Tyler Pager. Democratic candidates aren’t necessarily all on board with the tactics being used to oppose Trump and other Republicans.  Billy House outlines the political risks inherent in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of slow-walking moves to impeach Trump. Cash promises | U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rolled out spending pledges of about 2 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) a week since coming to power last month promising to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31. That’s fueled speculation he’s preparing for a general election to change the balance in Parliament, where his Conservatives hold a wafer-thin majority of one.Crime fighter | A former director of prisons handily won Guatemala’s presidential election yesterday after pledging to crack down on crime and pursue market-friendly policies. A 63-year-old surgeon, Alejandro Giammattei has been critical of his nation's safe-third country agreement with the U.S. to stem the flow of migrants.What to Watch This WeekParliament leaders in Rome meet today to set a date for the no-confidence vote that will most likely set Italy on track for a snap election in the fall. Political fallout from Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to Trump, former president Bill Clinton and others could continue following the indicted financier’s apparent suicide. Former White House counsel Gregory Craig — a rare Democrat caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling — faces a jury today over criminal charges that could send him to prison for five years. The National Rifle Association is set to square off against the city of Los Angeles as the gun-rights group seeks to overturn a law requiring contractors to disclose all business ties to the organization. Large parts of Kashmir remain cut off from the rest of the world as a communications blackout entered its eighth day, although India said it would soon begin easing restrictions.And finally ... Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has taken his campaign for fresh elections to the beaches where millions of Italians are trying to escape a summer heat wave. In a bid to counter opposition to a new vote that could hand his League party an outright parliamentary majority, Salvini posed for bare-chested selfies, chatted with holidaymakers in Sicily and even enjoyed a short dip in front of the cameras. \--With assistance from Kathleen Hunter, Karen Leigh, Alex Morales, Ben Sills and Michael Winfrey.To contact the author of this story: Alan Crawford in Berlin at acrawford6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Karl Maier at kmaier2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.Mauricio Macri is waking up with an almighty political hangover.The scale of the Argentine leader’s defeat in yesterday’s primary vote took pollsters and investors by surprise: Markets rose on Friday in expectation that he’d emerge with enough momentum to have a good shot at winning a second term in October’s presidential election.Now a market sell-off looms, and Macri’s presidential ambitions are hanging by a thread.The result is testament to Argentina’s near-permanent state of economic crisis and a revolving door of political fixes.Macri came to office in 2015 pledging a turnaround from the years of Cristina Kirchner, who presided over default and capital controls that made Argentina an international pariah.Four years on, Argentina is still in recession and saddled with rampant inflation, with bolted-on austerity following a record International Monetary Fund bailout Macri was forced to request last year.Voters used the primary — essentially a poll of national sentiment — to signal their dissatisfaction with Macri’s course. What is most worrying for investors is that the electorate instead opted for Alberto Fernandez, who has Kirchner as his running mate. Fernandez tried to reassure markets yesterday. But it’s unlikely to stop the rout today.Investors are clear they want Macri in power. Argentina’s voters seem to have other ideas.Global HeadlinesJust in: Five scientists killed in an explosion last week during a missile test on Russia’s White Sea had been working on developing a small-scale nuclear reactor, a top official said.Airport shutdown | Hong Kong airport authorities canceled remaining flights today after thousands of black-clad protesters swarmed the main terminal building for a fourth day — the biggest disruption yet to the city’s economy since demonstrations against Beijing’s increasing grip over the financial hub began in early June. Shares of Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s main airline, tumbled to a 10-year low. The unrest is the strongest challenge to Chinese control since the U.K. relinquished its former colony in 1997.Narrowing the field | The Iowa State Fair is a rite of passage for presidential contenders. But for the lowest polling candidates in the record-size Democratic field, the event took on an extra level of urgency this weekend. It was perhaps their final attempt to break through as they seek to qualify for the September debate in Houston. Those who fail to make the cut — and only nine have so far — might start bowing out.One top-tier candidate — Kamala Harris — portrayed herself as a pragmatist in an interview yesterday with Tyler Pager. Democratic candidates aren’t necessarily all on board with the tactics being used to oppose Trump and other Republicans.  Billy House outlines the political risks inherent in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of slow-walking moves to impeach Trump. Cash promises | U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rolled out spending pledges of about 2 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) a week since coming to power last month promising to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31. That’s fueled speculation he’s preparing for a general election to change the balance in Parliament, where his Conservatives hold a wafer-thin majority of one.Crime fighter | A former director of prisons handily won Guatemala’s presidential election yesterday after pledging to crack down on crime and pursue market-friendly policies. A 63-year-old surgeon, Alejandro Giammattei has been critical of his nation's safe-third country agreement with the U.S. to stem the flow of migrants.What to Watch This WeekParliament leaders in Rome meet today to set a date for the no-confidence vote that will most likely set Italy on track for a snap election in the fall. Political fallout from Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to Trump, former president Bill Clinton and others could continue following the indicted financier’s apparent suicide. Former White House counsel Gregory Craig — a rare Democrat caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling — faces a jury today over criminal charges that could send him to prison for five years. The National Rifle Association is set to square off against the city of Los Angeles as the gun-rights group seeks to overturn a law requiring contractors to disclose all business ties to the organization. Large parts of Kashmir remain cut off from the rest of the world as a communications blackout entered its eighth day, although India said it would soon begin easing restrictions.And finally ... Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has taken his campaign for fresh elections to the beaches where millions of Italians are trying to escape a summer heat wave. In a bid to counter opposition to a new vote that could hand his League party an outright parliamentary majority, Salvini posed for bare-chested selfies, chatted with holidaymakers in Sicily and even enjoyed a short dip in front of the cameras. \--With assistance from Kathleen Hunter, Karen Leigh, Alex Morales, Ben Sills and Michael Winfrey.To contact the author of this story: Alan Crawford in Berlin at acrawford6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Karl Maier at kmaier2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 65/75   Russia's Su-35 Fighter: Can It Kill American F-15s, F-22s and Even F-35s?
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    The Su-35 has twelve to fourteen weapons hardpoints, giving it an excellent loadout compared to the eight hardpoints on the F-15C and F-22, or the four internally stowed missiles on the F-35.The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It will remain so until Russia succeeds in bringing its fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter into production.Distinguished by its unrivaled maneuverability, most of the Su-35’s electronics and weapons capabilities have caught up with those of Western equivalents, like the F-15 Eagle. But while it may be a deadly adversary to F-15s, Eurofighters and Rafales, the big question mark remains how effectively it can contend with fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the F-22 and F-35.(This first appeared several years ago.)HistoryThe Su-35 is an evolution of the Su-27 Flanker, a late Cold War design intended to match the F-15 in concept: a heavy twin-engine multirole fighter combining excellent speed and weapons loadout with dogfighting agility.An Su-27 stunned the audience of the Paris Air Show in 1989 when it demonstrated Pugachev’s Cobra, a maneuver in which the fighter rears its nose up to 120-degree vertical—but continues to soar forward along the plane’s original attitude.Widely exported, the Flanker has yet to clash with Western fighters, but did see air-to-air combat in Ethiopian service during a border war with Eritrea, scoring four kills against MiG-29s for no loss. It has also been employed on ground attack missions.Recommended: We Went Aboard the Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Ever BuiltRecommended: This Is How China Would Invade Taiwan (And How to Stop It)Recommended: North Korea’s Most Lethal Weapon Isn’t NukesThe development history of the Su-35 is a bit complicated. An upgraded Flanker with canards (additional small wings on the forward fuselage) called the Su-35 first appeared way back in 1989, but is not the same plane as the current model; only fifteen were produced. Another upgraded Flanker, the two-seat Su-30, has been produced in significant quantities, and its variants exported to nearly a dozen countries.The current model in question, without canards, is properly called the Su-35S and is the most advanced type of the Flanker family. It began development in 2003 under the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO), a subcontractor of Sukhoi. The first prototypes rolled out in 2007 and production began in 2009.Airframe and EnginesThe Flanker family of aircraft is supermaneuverable—meaning it is engineered to perform controlled maneuvers that are impossible through regular aerodynamic mechanisms. In the Su-35, this is in part achieved through use of thrust-vectoring engines: the nozzles of its Saturn AL-41F1S turbofans can independently point in different directions in flight to assist the aircraft in rolling and yawing. Only one operational Western fighter, the F-22 Raptor, has similar technology.This also allows the Su-35 to achieve very high angles-of-attack—in other words, the plane can be moving in one direction while its nose is pointed in another. A high angle of attack allows an aircraft to more easily train its weapons on an evading target and execute tight maneuvers.Such maneuvers may be useful for evading missiles or dogfighting at close ranges—though they leave any aircraft in a low-energy state.The Flanker-E can achieve a maximum speed of Mach 2.25 at high altitude (equal to the F-22 and faster than the F-35 or F-16) and has excellent acceleration. However, contrary to initial reports, it appears it may not be able to supercruise—perform sustained supersonic flight without using afterburners—while loaded for combat. Its service ceiling is sixty thousand feet, on par with F-15s and F-22s, and ten thousand feet higher than Super Hornets, Rafales and F-35s.The Su-35 has expanded fuel capacity, giving it a range of 2,200 miles on internal fuel, or 2,800 miles with two external fuel tanks. Both the lighter titanium airframe and the engines have significantly longer life expectancies than their predecessors, at six thousand and 4,500 flight hours, respectively. (For comparison, the F-22 and F-35 are rated at eight thousand hours).The Flanker airframe is not particularly stealthy. However, adjustments to the engine inlets and canopy, and the use of radar-absorbent material, supposedly halve the Su-35’s radar cross-section; one article claims it may be down to between one and three meters. This could reduce the range it can be detected and targeted, but the Su-35 is still not a “stealth fighter.”WeaponryThe Su-35 has twelve to fourteen weapons hardpoints, giving it an excellent loadout compared to the eight hardpoints on the F-15C and F-22, or the four internally stowed missiles on the F-35.At long range, the Su-35 can use K-77M radar-guided missiles (known by NATO as the AA-12 Adder), which are claimed to have range of over 120 miles.For shorter-range engagements, the R-74 (NATO designation: AA-11 Archer) infrared-guided missile is capable of targeting “off boresight”—simply by looking through a helmet-mounted optical sight, the pilot can target an enemy plane up sixty degrees away from where his plane is pointed. The R-74 has a range of over twenty-five miles, and also uses thrust-vectoring technology.The medium-range R-27 missile and the extra long-range R-37 (aka the AA-13 Arrow, for use against AWACs, EW and tanker aircraft) complete the Su-35’s air-to-air missile selection.Additionally, the Su-35 is armed with a thirty-millimeter cannon with 150 rounds for strafing or dogfighting.The Flanker-E can also carry up to seventeen thousand pounds of air-to-ground munitions. Historically, Russia has made only limited use of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) compared to Western air forces. However, the capability for large-scale use of such weapons is there, if doctrine and munition stocks accommodate it.Sensors and AvionicsThe Su-35’s most critical improvements over its predecessors may be in hardware. It is equipped with a powerful L175M Khibiny electronic countermeasure system intended to distort radar waves and misdirect hostile missiles. This could significantly degrade attempts to target and hit the Flanker-E.The Su-35’s IRBIS-E passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar is hoped to provide better performance against stealth aircraft. It is claimed to able to track up to thirty airborne targets with a Radar-cross section of three meters up to 250 miles away—and targets with cross-sections as small 0.1 meters over fifty miles away. However, PESA radars are easier to detect and to jam than the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars now used by Western fighters. The IRBIS also has an air-to ground mode that can designate up to four surface targets at time for PGMs.Supplementing the radar is an OLS-35 targeting system that includes an Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) system said to have a fifty-mile range—potentially a significant threat to stealth fighters.More mundane but vital systems—such as pilot multi-function displays and fly-by-wire avionics—have also been significantly updated.Operational Units and Future CustomersCurrently, the Russian Air Force operates only forty-eight Su-35s. Another fifty were ordered in January 2016, and will be produced at a rate of ten per year. Four Su-35s were deployed to Syria this January after a Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16. Prominently armed with air-to-air missiles, the Su-35s were intended to send a message that the Russians could pose an aerial threat if attacked.China has ordered twenty-four Su-35s at a cost of $2 billion, but is thought unlikely to purchase more. Beijing’s interest is believed to lie mostly in copying the Su-35’s thrust-vector engines for use in its own designs. The Chinese PLAAF already operates the Shenyang J-11, a copy of the Su-27.Attempts to market the Su-35 abroad, especially to India and Brazil, have mostly foundered. Recently, however, Indonesia has indicated it wishes to purchase eight this year, though the contract signing has been repeatedly delayed. Algeria is reportedly considering acquiring ten for $900 million. Egypt, Venezuela and Vietnam are also potential customers.Cost estimates for the Su-35 have run between $40 million and $65 million; however, the exports contracts have been at prices above $80 million per unit.Against the Fifth GenerationThe Su-35 is at least equal—if not superior—to the very best Western fourth-generation fighters. The big question, is how well can it perform against a fifth-generation stealth plane such as the F-22 or F-35?The maneuverability of the Su-35 makes it an unsurpassed dogfighter. However, future aerial clashes using the latest missiles (R-77s, Meteors, AIM-120s) could potentially take place over enormous ranges, while even short-range combat may involve all-aspect missiles like the AIM-9X and R-74 that don’t require pointing the aircraft at the target. Nonetheless, the Su-35’s speed (which contributes to a missile’s velocity) and large load-carrying abilities mean it can hold its own in beyond-visual-range combat. Meanwhile, the Flanker-E’s agility and electronic countermeasures may help it evade opposing missiles.The more serious issue, though, is that we don’t know how effective stealth technology will be against a high-tech opponent. An F-35 stealth fighter that gets in a short-range duel with a Flanker-E will be in big trouble—but how good a chance does the faster, more-maneuverable Russian fighter have of detecting that F-35 and getting close to it in the first place?As the U.S. Air Force would have it, stealth fighters will be able to unleash a hail of missiles up to one hundred miles away without the enemy having any way to return fire until they close to a (short) distance, where visual and IR scanning come into play. Proponents of the Russian fighter argue that it will be able to rely upon ground-based low-bandwidth radars, and on-board IRST sensors and PESA radar, to detect stealth planes. Keep in mind, however, that the former two technologies are imprecise and can’t be used to target weapons in most cases.Both parties obviously have huge economic and political incentives to advance their claims. While it is worthwhile examining the technical merits of these schools of thought in detail, the question will likely only be resolved by testing under combat conditions. Furthermore, other factors such as supporting assets, mission profile, pilot training and numbers play a large a role in determining the outcomes of aerial engagements.The Su-35 may be the best jet-age dogfighter ever made and a capable missile delivery platform—but whether that will suffice for an air-superiority fighter in the era of stealth technology remains to be seen.Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.This article originally ran in 2016.

    The Su-35 has twelve to fourteen weapons hardpoints, giving it an excellent loadout compared to the eight hardpoints on the F-15C and F-22, or the four internally stowed missiles on the F-35.The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the top Russian air-superiority fighter in service today, and represents the pinnacle of fourth-generation jet fighter design. It will remain so until Russia succeeds in bringing its fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter into production.Distinguished by its unrivaled maneuverability, most of the Su-35’s electronics and weapons capabilities have caught up with those of Western equivalents, like the F-15 Eagle. But while it may be a deadly adversary to F-15s, Eurofighters and Rafales, the big question mark remains how effectively it can contend with fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the F-22 and F-35.(This first appeared several years ago.)HistoryThe Su-35 is an evolution of the Su-27 Flanker, a late Cold War design intended to match the F-15 in concept: a heavy twin-engine multirole fighter combining excellent speed and weapons loadout with dogfighting agility.An Su-27 stunned the audience of the Paris Air Show in 1989 when it demonstrated Pugachev’s Cobra, a maneuver in which the fighter rears its nose up to 120-degree vertical—but continues to soar forward along the plane’s original attitude.Widely exported, the Flanker has yet to clash with Western fighters, but did see air-to-air combat in Ethiopian service during a border war with Eritrea, scoring four kills against MiG-29s for no loss. It has also been employed on ground attack missions.Recommended: We Went Aboard the Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier Ever BuiltRecommended: This Is How China Would Invade Taiwan (And How to Stop It)Recommended: North Korea’s Most Lethal Weapon Isn’t NukesThe development history of the Su-35 is a bit complicated. An upgraded Flanker with canards (additional small wings on the forward fuselage) called the Su-35 first appeared way back in 1989, but is not the same plane as the current model; only fifteen were produced. Another upgraded Flanker, the two-seat Su-30, has been produced in significant quantities, and its variants exported to nearly a dozen countries.The current model in question, without canards, is properly called the Su-35S and is the most advanced type of the Flanker family. It began development in 2003 under the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO), a subcontractor of Sukhoi. The first prototypes rolled out in 2007 and production began in 2009.Airframe and EnginesThe Flanker family of aircraft is supermaneuverable—meaning it is engineered to perform controlled maneuvers that are impossible through regular aerodynamic mechanisms. In the Su-35, this is in part achieved through use of thrust-vectoring engines: the nozzles of its Saturn AL-41F1S turbofans can independently point in different directions in flight to assist the aircraft in rolling and yawing. Only one operational Western fighter, the F-22 Raptor, has similar technology.This also allows the Su-35 to achieve very high angles-of-attack—in other words, the plane can be moving in one direction while its nose is pointed in another. A high angle of attack allows an aircraft to more easily train its weapons on an evading target and execute tight maneuvers.Such maneuvers may be useful for evading missiles or dogfighting at close ranges—though they leave any aircraft in a low-energy state.The Flanker-E can achieve a maximum speed of Mach 2.25 at high altitude (equal to the F-22 and faster than the F-35 or F-16) and has excellent acceleration. However, contrary to initial reports, it appears it may not be able to supercruise—perform sustained supersonic flight without using afterburners—while loaded for combat. Its service ceiling is sixty thousand feet, on par with F-15s and F-22s, and ten thousand feet higher than Super Hornets, Rafales and F-35s.The Su-35 has expanded fuel capacity, giving it a range of 2,200 miles on internal fuel, or 2,800 miles with two external fuel tanks. Both the lighter titanium airframe and the engines have significantly longer life expectancies than their predecessors, at six thousand and 4,500 flight hours, respectively. (For comparison, the F-22 and F-35 are rated at eight thousand hours).The Flanker airframe is not particularly stealthy. However, adjustments to the engine inlets and canopy, and the use of radar-absorbent material, supposedly halve the Su-35’s radar cross-section; one article claims it may be down to between one and three meters. This could reduce the range it can be detected and targeted, but the Su-35 is still not a “stealth fighter.”WeaponryThe Su-35 has twelve to fourteen weapons hardpoints, giving it an excellent loadout compared to the eight hardpoints on the F-15C and F-22, or the four internally stowed missiles on the F-35.At long range, the Su-35 can use K-77M radar-guided missiles (known by NATO as the AA-12 Adder), which are claimed to have range of over 120 miles.For shorter-range engagements, the R-74 (NATO designation: AA-11 Archer) infrared-guided missile is capable of targeting “off boresight”—simply by looking through a helmet-mounted optical sight, the pilot can target an enemy plane up sixty degrees away from where his plane is pointed. The R-74 has a range of over twenty-five miles, and also uses thrust-vectoring technology.The medium-range R-27 missile and the extra long-range R-37 (aka the AA-13 Arrow, for use against AWACs, EW and tanker aircraft) complete the Su-35’s air-to-air missile selection.Additionally, the Su-35 is armed with a thirty-millimeter cannon with 150 rounds for strafing or dogfighting.The Flanker-E can also carry up to seventeen thousand pounds of air-to-ground munitions. Historically, Russia has made only limited use of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) compared to Western air forces. However, the capability for large-scale use of such weapons is there, if doctrine and munition stocks accommodate it.Sensors and AvionicsThe Su-35’s most critical improvements over its predecessors may be in hardware. It is equipped with a powerful L175M Khibiny electronic countermeasure system intended to distort radar waves and misdirect hostile missiles. This could significantly degrade attempts to target and hit the Flanker-E.The Su-35’s IRBIS-E passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar is hoped to provide better performance against stealth aircraft. It is claimed to able to track up to thirty airborne targets with a Radar-cross section of three meters up to 250 miles away—and targets with cross-sections as small 0.1 meters over fifty miles away. However, PESA radars are easier to detect and to jam than the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars now used by Western fighters. The IRBIS also has an air-to ground mode that can designate up to four surface targets at time for PGMs.Supplementing the radar is an OLS-35 targeting system that includes an Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) system said to have a fifty-mile range—potentially a significant threat to stealth fighters.More mundane but vital systems—such as pilot multi-function displays and fly-by-wire avionics—have also been significantly updated.Operational Units and Future CustomersCurrently, the Russian Air Force operates only forty-eight Su-35s. Another fifty were ordered in January 2016, and will be produced at a rate of ten per year. Four Su-35s were deployed to Syria this January after a Russian Su-24 was shot down by a Turkish F-16. Prominently armed with air-to-air missiles, the Su-35s were intended to send a message that the Russians could pose an aerial threat if attacked.China has ordered twenty-four Su-35s at a cost of $2 billion, but is thought unlikely to purchase more. Beijing’s interest is believed to lie mostly in copying the Su-35’s thrust-vector engines for use in its own designs. The Chinese PLAAF already operates the Shenyang J-11, a copy of the Su-27.Attempts to market the Su-35 abroad, especially to India and Brazil, have mostly foundered. Recently, however, Indonesia has indicated it wishes to purchase eight this year, though the contract signing has been repeatedly delayed. Algeria is reportedly considering acquiring ten for $900 million. Egypt, Venezuela and Vietnam are also potential customers.Cost estimates for the Su-35 have run between $40 million and $65 million; however, the exports contracts have been at prices above $80 million per unit.Against the Fifth GenerationThe Su-35 is at least equal—if not superior—to the very best Western fourth-generation fighters. The big question, is how well can it perform against a fifth-generation stealth plane such as the F-22 or F-35?The maneuverability of the Su-35 makes it an unsurpassed dogfighter. However, future aerial clashes using the latest missiles (R-77s, Meteors, AIM-120s) could potentially take place over enormous ranges, while even short-range combat may involve all-aspect missiles like the AIM-9X and R-74 that don’t require pointing the aircraft at the target. Nonetheless, the Su-35’s speed (which contributes to a missile’s velocity) and large load-carrying abilities mean it can hold its own in beyond-visual-range combat. Meanwhile, the Flanker-E’s agility and electronic countermeasures may help it evade opposing missiles.The more serious issue, though, is that we don’t know how effective stealth technology will be against a high-tech opponent. An F-35 stealth fighter that gets in a short-range duel with a Flanker-E will be in big trouble—but how good a chance does the faster, more-maneuverable Russian fighter have of detecting that F-35 and getting close to it in the first place?As the U.S. Air Force would have it, stealth fighters will be able to unleash a hail of missiles up to one hundred miles away without the enemy having any way to return fire until they close to a (short) distance, where visual and IR scanning come into play. Proponents of the Russian fighter argue that it will be able to rely upon ground-based low-bandwidth radars, and on-board IRST sensors and PESA radar, to detect stealth planes. Keep in mind, however, that the former two technologies are imprecise and can’t be used to target weapons in most cases.Both parties obviously have huge economic and political incentives to advance their claims. While it is worthwhile examining the technical merits of these schools of thought in detail, the question will likely only be resolved by testing under combat conditions. Furthermore, other factors such as supporting assets, mission profile, pilot training and numbers play a large a role in determining the outcomes of aerial engagements.The Su-35 may be the best jet-age dogfighter ever made and a capable missile delivery platform—but whether that will suffice for an air-superiority fighter in the era of stealth technology remains to be seen.Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.This article originally ran in 2016.


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  • 66/75   Taliban say latest talks end on US's Afghanistan withdrawal
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    The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States on a deal to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has ended and now both sides will consult with their leadership on the next steps, a Taliban spokesman said Monday.  The eighth round of talks in the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar concluded after midnight and was 'long and useful,' Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.  Last week, another Taliban spokesman had said a deal was expected to follow this round as both sides seek an end to the nearly 18-year war, America's longest conflict.

    The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States on a deal to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has ended and now both sides will consult with their leadership on the next steps, a Taliban spokesman said Monday. The eighth round of talks in the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar concluded after midnight and was 'long and useful,' Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. Last week, another Taliban spokesman had said a deal was expected to follow this round as both sides seek an end to the nearly 18-year war, America's longest conflict.


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  • 67/75   Israeli F-35s over Iran? Don't Be Shocked, But It's Possible. Here's Why.
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    Israel is the first country outside the U.S. to acquire the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, of which it could take up to 75.Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighters had violated Iran’s airspace, the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida reported on Saturday.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)The newspaper emphasized that it was the original media source that exposed the Israeli raids, which had taken place in March 2018. Al Jarida cited senior Iranian military who said that only following its March report did the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence ministry begin to investigate the case, under Khamenei’s direct orders.According to the newspaper’s investigation, “the IAF F-35 “Adir” planes penetrated Iran’s airspace, circled high above Tehran, Karajrak, Isfahan, Shiraz and Bandar Abbas – and photographed Iran’s air defense system.”One of the sources reported that Iran’s air defense system, including its Russian radar, did not detect the entry and exit of the fighter planes, and that Ismaili hid this information from the supreme leader to cover his service failure. However Iranian intelligence discovered that the Israeli fighter jets had carried out this sortie as a test of the possibility of an undetected attack on Iranian outposts and bases, during which they photographed those sensitive bases, evading the Russian S-300 missile system’s radar.According to Al Jarida, Iranian intelligence received top secret information that the Israeli fighter planes even managed to photograph Iran’s underground bases. Khamenei, who received this information, now suspects a cooperation between Russia and Israel, and that the Russians gave Israel the secret code of the Russian radar in Iran – according to the Kuwaiti newspaper.Khamenei fired the commander of Iran’s air defense system on May 29, replacing him with his deputy, General Alireza Sabahi-Fard.Israel is the first country outside the U.S. to acquire the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, of which it could take up to 75.Noteworthy Israeli F-35 deals have been severely criticized because the aircraft are more expensive than those purchased by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) since they feature several unique (and indigenous) systems to satisfy Israeli Air Force (IAF) operational requirements.However former Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman explained that “The F-35 squadrons are the pinnacle of technology, and will assist the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and air force in meeting the many security challenges Israel faces head-on. They are a central aspect in protecting the safety of the people of Israel along the country’s borders and even away from them.”The U.S. in fact has given Israel more military aid than any other country in the world – currently around $4bn a year – and its laws on arms sales require that Israel always maintains military superiority in the Middle East.Israel has praised the Lockheed Martin F-35 as a “game-changer”.All planes ordered by IAF belong to the F-35A variant named F-35I Adir (Mighty) in Israel and are operated by the IAF’s Golden Eagle Squadron, based in the Nevatim Air Base in the center of the country.As we have already explained, in May 2018 the IAF revealed that it has used its stealth fighters in combat operations, making Israel the first country in the world to carry out an “operational attack” using the F-35.This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2019.

    Israel is the first country outside the U.S. to acquire the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, of which it could take up to 75.Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighters had violated Iran’s airspace, the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida reported on Saturday.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)The newspaper emphasized that it was the original media source that exposed the Israeli raids, which had taken place in March 2018. Al Jarida cited senior Iranian military who said that only following its March report did the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence ministry begin to investigate the case, under Khamenei’s direct orders.According to the newspaper’s investigation, “the IAF F-35 “Adir” planes penetrated Iran’s airspace, circled high above Tehran, Karajrak, Isfahan, Shiraz and Bandar Abbas – and photographed Iran’s air defense system.”One of the sources reported that Iran’s air defense system, including its Russian radar, did not detect the entry and exit of the fighter planes, and that Ismaili hid this information from the supreme leader to cover his service failure. However Iranian intelligence discovered that the Israeli fighter jets had carried out this sortie as a test of the possibility of an undetected attack on Iranian outposts and bases, during which they photographed those sensitive bases, evading the Russian S-300 missile system’s radar.According to Al Jarida, Iranian intelligence received top secret information that the Israeli fighter planes even managed to photograph Iran’s underground bases. Khamenei, who received this information, now suspects a cooperation between Russia and Israel, and that the Russians gave Israel the secret code of the Russian radar in Iran – according to the Kuwaiti newspaper.Khamenei fired the commander of Iran’s air defense system on May 29, replacing him with his deputy, General Alireza Sabahi-Fard.Israel is the first country outside the U.S. to acquire the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, of which it could take up to 75.Noteworthy Israeli F-35 deals have been severely criticized because the aircraft are more expensive than those purchased by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) since they feature several unique (and indigenous) systems to satisfy Israeli Air Force (IAF) operational requirements.However former Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman explained that “The F-35 squadrons are the pinnacle of technology, and will assist the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and air force in meeting the many security challenges Israel faces head-on. They are a central aspect in protecting the safety of the people of Israel along the country’s borders and even away from them.”The U.S. in fact has given Israel more military aid than any other country in the world – currently around $4bn a year – and its laws on arms sales require that Israel always maintains military superiority in the Middle East.Israel has praised the Lockheed Martin F-35 as a “game-changer”.All planes ordered by IAF belong to the F-35A variant named F-35I Adir (Mighty) in Israel and are operated by the IAF’s Golden Eagle Squadron, based in the Nevatim Air Base in the center of the country.As we have already explained, in May 2018 the IAF revealed that it has used its stealth fighters in combat operations, making Israel the first country in the world to carry out an “operational attack” using the F-35.This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2019.


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  • 68/75   Russia vs. Stealth F-35s: Is Moscow Jamming F-35 GPS Systems Near Iran?
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    Bakke-Jensen implied the jamming was intentional. “They were exercising very close to the border and they knew this will affect areas on the other side,” Bakke-Jensen said of the Russians.Russian forces have been jamming GPS systems in the Middle East. The electronic-warfare campaign could affect U.S. forces gathering in the region in advance of potential strikes on Iran.“Since last spring, pilots flying through the Middle East, specifically around Syria, have noted that their GPS systems have displayed the wrong location or stopped working entirely,” The Times of Israel reported in late June 2019.> The signal that has been disrupting satellite navigation for planes flying through Israeli airspace in recent weeks originates inside a Russian air base inside Syria, according to data collected by a U.S.-based researcher.> > This interference to the Global Positioning System reception does not appear to be specifically directed at Israel, but rather the Jewish state is likely collateral damage in an effort by Moscow both to protect its troops from drone attacks and to assert its dominance in the field of electronic warfare, Todd Humphreys, a professor at the University of Texas, told The Times of Israel.Israeli sources “are increasingly convinced” that three weeks of GPS disruptions for civilian flights are a side effect of Russian jamming and spoofing in Syria, Breaking Defense reported. “Moscow is trying to interfere with both Western airplanes — including cutting-edge stealthy F-22s and F-35s — and improvised terrorist drones.”(This first appeared in July 2019.)The U.S. Air Force starting in April 2019 has deployed F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, as part of a wider build-up of forces as Washington clashes with Tehran following U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program.> Now, the situation is rife with rumor, with the Israeli government avoiding any official statement and still investigating other sources. But if Russia is indeed disrupting a friendly nation’s GPS by accident, why haven’t they stopped?> > The answer may lie in the limits of Russian electronic warfare, which — while far more potent than U.S. military [electronic warfare] — still relies on raw power more than precise targeting.The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations and Israeli Airports Authority in late June 2019 announced that many flights lost the GPS satellite signal while flying into or out of Ben Gurion International in Israel, Breaking Defense reported. There has been no risk to passengers, according to the IAA. The affected aircraft simply switched to backup systems.“Intriguingly, ground-based GPS systems are unaffected,” Breaking Defense noted. “That makes the jamming of aviation GPS suspiciously specific — another sign that it’s not a simple glitch but some kind of electronic weapon. And the Russians have invested heavily in high-powered spoofing systems that send out false GPS signals up to 500 times stronger than the real ones, leading civilian navigators miles astray.”Russia also has disrupted GPS in Europe.“Scrambled GPS signals were first detected during NATO’s large-scale Trident Juncture exercises in Norway at the end of October [2018],” Defense News reported.“Norway’s defense intelligence agency said it tracked the source of the signal-jamming to a Russian military base on the nearby, heavily fortified Kola Peninsula. Finland’s military intelligence said Norway’s analysis mirrors its own investigations and evaluations."In late 2018 Finland and Norway both lodged complaints with Russia over the disruptions. “Defense and civil aviation chiefs in Finland and Norway warned that the GPS jamming posed a serious risk to both military and commercial aircraft using the affected airspace in the High North,” Defense News noted.“Russia asked (us) to give proof. We gave them the proof,” Norwegian defense minister Frank Bakke-Jensen told Arctic Today. The proof consisted of measurements showing signals had been jammed.“Russia said, ‘Thank you, we will come back when our experts review that,’” Bakke-Jensen said. “To have such an answer from Russia is a positive thing,” he said.Bakke-Jensen implied the jamming was intentional. “They were exercising very close to the border and they knew this will affect areas on the other side,” Bakke-Jensen said of the Russians.The U.S Army is planning to test jam-resistant GPS systems in Europe as a potential step toward countering Russian electronic warfare.The Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany should get the new jam-resistant GPS by the end of 2019.David Axe serves as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels  War Fix, War Is Boring and Machete Squad.

    Bakke-Jensen implied the jamming was intentional. “They were exercising very close to the border and they knew this will affect areas on the other side,” Bakke-Jensen said of the Russians.Russian forces have been jamming GPS systems in the Middle East. The electronic-warfare campaign could affect U.S. forces gathering in the region in advance of potential strikes on Iran.“Since last spring, pilots flying through the Middle East, specifically around Syria, have noted that their GPS systems have displayed the wrong location or stopped working entirely,” The Times of Israel reported in late June 2019.> The signal that has been disrupting satellite navigation for planes flying through Israeli airspace in recent weeks originates inside a Russian air base inside Syria, according to data collected by a U.S.-based researcher.> > This interference to the Global Positioning System reception does not appear to be specifically directed at Israel, but rather the Jewish state is likely collateral damage in an effort by Moscow both to protect its troops from drone attacks and to assert its dominance in the field of electronic warfare, Todd Humphreys, a professor at the University of Texas, told The Times of Israel.Israeli sources “are increasingly convinced” that three weeks of GPS disruptions for civilian flights are a side effect of Russian jamming and spoofing in Syria, Breaking Defense reported. “Moscow is trying to interfere with both Western airplanes — including cutting-edge stealthy F-22s and F-35s — and improvised terrorist drones.”(This first appeared in July 2019.)The U.S. Air Force starting in April 2019 has deployed F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, as part of a wider build-up of forces as Washington clashes with Tehran following U.S. president Donald Trump’s decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program.> Now, the situation is rife with rumor, with the Israeli government avoiding any official statement and still investigating other sources. But if Russia is indeed disrupting a friendly nation’s GPS by accident, why haven’t they stopped?> > The answer may lie in the limits of Russian electronic warfare, which — while far more potent than U.S. military [electronic warfare] — still relies on raw power more than precise targeting.The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations and Israeli Airports Authority in late June 2019 announced that many flights lost the GPS satellite signal while flying into or out of Ben Gurion International in Israel, Breaking Defense reported. There has been no risk to passengers, according to the IAA. The affected aircraft simply switched to backup systems.“Intriguingly, ground-based GPS systems are unaffected,” Breaking Defense noted. “That makes the jamming of aviation GPS suspiciously specific — another sign that it’s not a simple glitch but some kind of electronic weapon. And the Russians have invested heavily in high-powered spoofing systems that send out false GPS signals up to 500 times stronger than the real ones, leading civilian navigators miles astray.”Russia also has disrupted GPS in Europe.“Scrambled GPS signals were first detected during NATO’s large-scale Trident Juncture exercises in Norway at the end of October [2018],” Defense News reported.“Norway’s defense intelligence agency said it tracked the source of the signal-jamming to a Russian military base on the nearby, heavily fortified Kola Peninsula. Finland’s military intelligence said Norway’s analysis mirrors its own investigations and evaluations."In late 2018 Finland and Norway both lodged complaints with Russia over the disruptions. “Defense and civil aviation chiefs in Finland and Norway warned that the GPS jamming posed a serious risk to both military and commercial aircraft using the affected airspace in the High North,” Defense News noted.“Russia asked (us) to give proof. We gave them the proof,” Norwegian defense minister Frank Bakke-Jensen told Arctic Today. The proof consisted of measurements showing signals had been jammed.“Russia said, ‘Thank you, we will come back when our experts review that,’” Bakke-Jensen said. “To have such an answer from Russia is a positive thing,” he said.Bakke-Jensen implied the jamming was intentional. “They were exercising very close to the border and they knew this will affect areas on the other side,” Bakke-Jensen said of the Russians.The U.S Army is planning to test jam-resistant GPS systems in Europe as a potential step toward countering Russian electronic warfare.The Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany should get the new jam-resistant GPS by the end of 2019.David Axe serves as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels  War Fix, War Is Boring and Machete Squad.


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