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  • 2/76   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 3/76   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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  • 4/76   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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  • 5/76   '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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  • 6/76   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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  • 7/76   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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  • 8/76   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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  • 9/76   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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  • 10/76   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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  • 11/76   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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  • 12/76   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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  • 13/76   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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  • 14/76   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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  • 15/76   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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  • 16/76   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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  • 17/76   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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  • 18/76   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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  • 19/76   US consumer prices rose 0.3% amid widespread cost increases
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    U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in July, pushed higher by more expensive gas, medical care and housing.  The consumer price index increased 1.8% compared with a year earlier, up from 1.6% in June, the Labor Department said Tuesday.  While last month's price gains were modest, they were widespread.

    U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in July, pushed higher by more expensive gas, medical care and housing. The consumer price index increased 1.8% compared with a year earlier, up from 1.6% in June, the Labor Department said Tuesday. While last month's price gains were modest, they were widespread.


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  • 20/76   Villages evacuated as fire burns Greek island nature reserve
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    Hundreds of firefighters battled three wildfires in Greece, where two villages were being evacuated Tuesday as the largest blaze burned a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens.  More than 220 firefighters were deployed to tackle the Evia fire, along with six water-dropping planes and six helicopters.  Access to the pine forest by land was difficult, and an additional helicopter was sent to the area to coordinate the air support.

    Hundreds of firefighters battled three wildfires in Greece, where two villages were being evacuated Tuesday as the largest blaze burned a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens. More than 220 firefighters were deployed to tackle the Evia fire, along with six water-dropping planes and six helicopters. Access to the pine forest by land was difficult, and an additional helicopter was sent to the area to coordinate the air support.


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  • 21/76   Stocks Slide as Inflation Data Flatten Yield Curve: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.U.S. equity futures fell and the spread between short and long-term Treasuries narrowed after a pickup in inflation dented arguments for cutting interest rates. Risk assets remained under pressure globally as turmoil in Hong Kong and Argentina persisted.Contacts on the S&P 500 extended losses after the core consumer price index rose faster than anticipated, signaling inflation may be firming as the Federal Reserve debates cuts. Shorter-term Treasuries fell, while longer-dated bonds remained higher, flattening the spread between two- and 10-year yields to the lowest since 2007. Gold and silver rallied, while the dollar nudged higher.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell for a third day amid disappointing investor sentiment data in Germany. Asia’s benchmark retreated the most in a week, with Hong Kong stocks the worst hit as anti-government protesters again crippled the airport and the city’s leader warned it risked sliding into an “abyss.” Japan’s Topix gauge erased this year’s gain as it reopened following a long weekend. China’s 10-year bond yield touched 3% for the first time since 2016.The latest risk asset moves are adding to already skittish sentiment across markets during the low-volume month of August. With the U.S. and China offering no respite to their trade war and a slew of data pointing to slowing global growth, traders will look to this week’s euro-zone GDP figures and industrial production reports from both China and America for further clues to the outlook.“You’ve got the problem of the protectionist push leading to this downdraft in the economic data, leading to stretching the cycle,” said Ben Powell, chief Asia-Pacific strategist at BlackRock Investment Institute. “A combination of those two themes is creating quite an unusual and challenging macro investment environment that we all have to wrestle with.”Signs of the trade war’s impact are growing. Singapore’s government cut its forecast for economic growth this year to almost zero. In Europe, Henkel was among the worst-performing stocks after missing quarterly profit estimates, which the detergents maker blamed on the trade conflict and a competitive retail environment.Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Argentina’s peso when it starts trading. The currency sank on Monday and the nation’s equities crashed after voters turned on the president in primary elections.Here are some key events coming up:Companies releasing results include China’s JD.com, Tencent and Alibaba; Cisco, Walmart and Nvidia of the U.S.; the U.K.’s Prudential; Australia’s Telstra; Europe’s Swisscom and brewer Carlsberg.Wednesday brings data on China retail sales, industrial production and the jobless rate.Thursday sees the release of U.S. jobless claims, industrial production and retail sales data.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.3% as of 8:46 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.8%.The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index fell 0.7%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index decreased 1.3%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index decreased 1.3%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index advanced 0.1%.The euro was unchanged at $1.1214.The British pound was little changed at $1.2078.The Japanese yen was unchanged at 105.30 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries climbed one basis point to 1.66%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to -0.61%.Britain’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 0.482%.Italy’s 10-year yield declined three basis points to 1.671%.CommoditiesGold advanced 0.8% to $1,522.91 an ounce.West Texas Intermediate crude sank 0.8% to $54.47 a barrel.Silver advanced 1.8% to $17.37 per ounce.\--With assistance from Katherine Greifeld and Andreea Papuc.To contact the reporters on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.net;Jeremy Herron in New York at jherron8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Yakob PeterseilFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.U.S. equity futures fell and the spread between short and long-term Treasuries narrowed after a pickup in inflation dented arguments for cutting interest rates. Risk assets remained under pressure globally as turmoil in Hong Kong and Argentina persisted.Contacts on the S&P 500 extended losses after the core consumer price index rose faster than anticipated, signaling inflation may be firming as the Federal Reserve debates cuts. Shorter-term Treasuries fell, while longer-dated bonds remained higher, flattening the spread between two- and 10-year yields to the lowest since 2007. Gold and silver rallied, while the dollar nudged higher.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell for a third day amid disappointing investor sentiment data in Germany. Asia’s benchmark retreated the most in a week, with Hong Kong stocks the worst hit as anti-government protesters again crippled the airport and the city’s leader warned it risked sliding into an “abyss.” Japan’s Topix gauge erased this year’s gain as it reopened following a long weekend. China’s 10-year bond yield touched 3% for the first time since 2016.The latest risk asset moves are adding to already skittish sentiment across markets during the low-volume month of August. With the U.S. and China offering no respite to their trade war and a slew of data pointing to slowing global growth, traders will look to this week’s euro-zone GDP figures and industrial production reports from both China and America for further clues to the outlook.“You’ve got the problem of the protectionist push leading to this downdraft in the economic data, leading to stretching the cycle,” said Ben Powell, chief Asia-Pacific strategist at BlackRock Investment Institute. “A combination of those two themes is creating quite an unusual and challenging macro investment environment that we all have to wrestle with.”Signs of the trade war’s impact are growing. Singapore’s government cut its forecast for economic growth this year to almost zero. In Europe, Henkel was among the worst-performing stocks after missing quarterly profit estimates, which the detergents maker blamed on the trade conflict and a competitive retail environment.Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Argentina’s peso when it starts trading. The currency sank on Monday and the nation’s equities crashed after voters turned on the president in primary elections.Here are some key events coming up:Companies releasing results include China’s JD.com, Tencent and Alibaba; Cisco, Walmart and Nvidia of the U.S.; the U.K.’s Prudential; Australia’s Telstra; Europe’s Swisscom and brewer Carlsberg.Wednesday brings data on China retail sales, industrial production and the jobless rate.Thursday sees the release of U.S. jobless claims, industrial production and retail sales data.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index fell 0.3% as of 8:46 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index dipped 0.8%.The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index fell 0.7%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index decreased 1.3%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index decreased 1.3%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index advanced 0.1%.The euro was unchanged at $1.1214.The British pound was little changed at $1.2078.The Japanese yen was unchanged at 105.30 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries climbed one basis point to 1.66%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to -0.61%.Britain’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 0.482%.Italy’s 10-year yield declined three basis points to 1.671%.CommoditiesGold advanced 0.8% to $1,522.91 an ounce.West Texas Intermediate crude sank 0.8% to $54.47 a barrel.Silver advanced 1.8% to $17.37 per ounce.\--With assistance from Katherine Greifeld and Andreea Papuc.To contact the reporters on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.net;Jeremy Herron in New York at jherron8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Yakob PeterseilFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 22/76   Amazon in talks to buy up to 10% stake in India's Future Retail: Bloomberg
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    The move comes as Amazon is looking to expand its reach in the Indian brick-and-mortar market, about a year after retailer Walmart Inc  bought a majority stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart.  Future Group is seeking a valuation of about 20 billion rupees ($281 million) from Amazon for the stake, according to the report.

    The move comes as Amazon is looking to expand its reach in the Indian brick-and-mortar market, about a year after retailer Walmart Inc bought a majority stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart. Future Group is seeking a valuation of about 20 billion rupees ($281 million) from Amazon for the stake, according to the report.


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  • 23/76   3 Profit-Driven Marijuana Stocks
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    Here's how companies from three different corners of the industry squeezed out a profit in the second quarter.

    Here's how companies from three different corners of the industry squeezed out a profit in the second quarter.


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  • 24/76   Genworth to Sell Canada Unit to Brookfield to Ease China Deal
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    (Bloomberg) -- Genworth Financial Inc. agreed to sell its Canadian unit to Brookfield Business Partners LP for C$2.4 billion ($1.8 billion) as it works to win regulatory approval for its acquisition by China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co.Brookfield Business Partners LP will purchase 48.9 million shares, or a 57% stake, at C$48.86 apiece in Genworth MI Canada Inc., giving it majority control of Canada’s largest private-sector residential mortgage insurer. That’s a 5.1% discount to Genworth MI’s closing price Monday.Genworth Financial is looking to “ultimately, moving forward with our long-awaited closing of our merger with Oceanwide,” Chief Executive Officer Tom McInerney said in a statement Tuesday. Oceanwide’s chairman Lu Zhiqiang said the company is “pleased with the quality of the buyer as well as the purchase price they have offered.”Shares of Genworth Financial jumped 13% in U.S. pre-market trading.Genworth has been working since 2016 to close its $2.7 billion buyout by China Oceanwide, a transaction McInerney called the “best option” as the Richmond-based insurer grappled with soaring costs on long-term care policies. The insurer said in July that it would seek to gauge interest in the Canadian mortgage insurance unit after lack of “any substantive progress” on talks with regulators in that country for the China Oceanwide deal.Brookfield plans to fund about $700 million of the purchase on its own and for some of its institutional partners to co-invest alongside it for the rest. Brookfield agreed to provide an $850 million bridge loan to back the transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of the year. The deal is subject to approval from Canada’s minister of finance.BFIN Securities LP, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets, and Scotiabank were among financial advisers to Brookfield Business Partners. Goldman Sachs and Lazard Freres & are acting as financial advisers to Genworth.Deadline ExtendedGenworth and Oceanwide have agreed to extend their merger deadline until Dec. 31.“Genworth is an industry-leading business that generates strong, consistent earnings and operates in a sector with high barriers to entry,” David Nowak, managing partner, Brookfield Business Partners, said in the statementThe Genworth deal with Oceanwide has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., but is pending a decision from Canadian authorities. It also still needs clearance in China for currency conversion, according to the statement Tuesday.The sale of the Canadian subsidiary comes at a sensitive time for Canadian-Chinese relations. The government is currently studying whether to ban Huawei Technologies Co. from its 5G networks. U.S. charges late last year against the Chinese telco saw its chief financial officer detained in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. Since then, Beijing has detained two Canadians, halted imports of canola and is now turning away meat shipments from Canada.Home SalesGenworth MI Canada competes with Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Co. in providing mortgage insurance, alongside the federal government’s Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. In Canada, homebuyers with less than a 20% downpayment are required to get their mortgage insured through one of the three companies.Alternative lenders have been reaping the benefits of Canada’s tighter mortgage regulations as homebuyers seek financing outside of the big banks in wake of new rules imposed last year. And home prices in big cities have remained lofty. Sales in the city of Toronto have been rebounding all summer from a slump earlier this year as housing supply remains limited, driving prices higher for most segments.(Updates with shares in fourth paragraph, analyst comment in 11th)To contact the reporters on this story: Divya Balji in Singapore at dbalji1@bloomberg.net;Katherine Chiglinsky in New York at kchiglinsky@bloomberg.net;Doug Alexander in Toronto at dalexander3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Madeleine Lim at mlim131@bloomberg.net, Jacqueline Thorpe, Shannon D. HarringtonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Genworth Financial Inc. agreed to sell its Canadian unit to Brookfield Business Partners LP for C$2.4 billion ($1.8 billion) as it works to win regulatory approval for its acquisition by China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co.Brookfield Business Partners LP will purchase 48.9 million shares, or a 57% stake, at C$48.86 apiece in Genworth MI Canada Inc., giving it majority control of Canada’s largest private-sector residential mortgage insurer. That’s a 5.1% discount to Genworth MI’s closing price Monday.Genworth Financial is looking to “ultimately, moving forward with our long-awaited closing of our merger with Oceanwide,” Chief Executive Officer Tom McInerney said in a statement Tuesday. Oceanwide’s chairman Lu Zhiqiang said the company is “pleased with the quality of the buyer as well as the purchase price they have offered.”Shares of Genworth Financial jumped 13% in U.S. pre-market trading.Genworth has been working since 2016 to close its $2.7 billion buyout by China Oceanwide, a transaction McInerney called the “best option” as the Richmond-based insurer grappled with soaring costs on long-term care policies. The insurer said in July that it would seek to gauge interest in the Canadian mortgage insurance unit after lack of “any substantive progress” on talks with regulators in that country for the China Oceanwide deal.Brookfield plans to fund about $700 million of the purchase on its own and for some of its institutional partners to co-invest alongside it for the rest. Brookfield agreed to provide an $850 million bridge loan to back the transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of the year. The deal is subject to approval from Canada’s minister of finance.BFIN Securities LP, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets, and Scotiabank were among financial advisers to Brookfield Business Partners. Goldman Sachs and Lazard Freres & are acting as financial advisers to Genworth.Deadline ExtendedGenworth and Oceanwide have agreed to extend their merger deadline until Dec. 31.“Genworth is an industry-leading business that generates strong, consistent earnings and operates in a sector with high barriers to entry,” David Nowak, managing partner, Brookfield Business Partners, said in the statementThe Genworth deal with Oceanwide has been approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., but is pending a decision from Canadian authorities. It also still needs clearance in China for currency conversion, according to the statement Tuesday.The sale of the Canadian subsidiary comes at a sensitive time for Canadian-Chinese relations. The government is currently studying whether to ban Huawei Technologies Co. from its 5G networks. U.S. charges late last year against the Chinese telco saw its chief financial officer detained in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. Since then, Beijing has detained two Canadians, halted imports of canola and is now turning away meat shipments from Canada.Home SalesGenworth MI Canada competes with Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Co. in providing mortgage insurance, alongside the federal government’s Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. In Canada, homebuyers with less than a 20% downpayment are required to get their mortgage insured through one of the three companies.Alternative lenders have been reaping the benefits of Canada’s tighter mortgage regulations as homebuyers seek financing outside of the big banks in wake of new rules imposed last year. And home prices in big cities have remained lofty. Sales in the city of Toronto have been rebounding all summer from a slump earlier this year as housing supply remains limited, driving prices higher for most segments.(Updates with shares in fourth paragraph, analyst comment in 11th)To contact the reporters on this story: Divya Balji in Singapore at dbalji1@bloomberg.net;Katherine Chiglinsky in New York at kchiglinsky@bloomberg.net;Doug Alexander in Toronto at dalexander3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Madeleine Lim at mlim131@bloomberg.net, Jacqueline Thorpe, Shannon D. HarringtonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 25/76   Report: BitMEX traders flee as exchange sheds $524m in July
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    BitMEX has recorded its worst ever month. Half a billion dollars left the exchange amid an alleged CFTC investigation.

    BitMEX has recorded its worst ever month. Half a billion dollars left the exchange amid an alleged CFTC investigation.


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  • 26/76   The Fed’s new real-time payments system is no threat to Bitcoin
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    Cryptocurrencies have nothing to fear from the Federal Reserve’s new real-time payments system, FedNow. Some, like Ripple, might even benefit.

    Cryptocurrencies have nothing to fear from the Federal Reserve’s new real-time payments system, FedNow. Some, like Ripple, might even benefit.


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  • 27/76   Hacker blackmails Binance over KYC data haul
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    Binance continues to deny the KYC data was hacked from its exchange, but suggests a third-party KYC provider may be at fault.

    Binance continues to deny the KYC data was hacked from its exchange, but suggests a third-party KYC provider may be at fault.


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  • 28/76   Ripple-backed company aims to strengthen Interledger
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    Interledger, a key part of the XRP ecosystem, suffers from a lack of liquidity and not enough users. Equilibrium Connect wants to change that.

    Interledger, a key part of the XRP ecosystem, suffers from a lack of liquidity and not enough users. Equilibrium Connect wants to change that.


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  • 29/76   Hacker dumps more KYC data, piling pressure on Binance
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    The hacker has dropped another tranche of personal data. How will Binance respond?

    The hacker has dropped another tranche of personal data. How will Binance respond?


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  • 30/76   Binance adds margin trading for Litecoin, USDC and Ethereum Classic
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    The exchange continues to expand its services despite being in the news for other reasons.

    The exchange continues to expand its services despite being in the news for other reasons.


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  • 31/76   Square's Cash App makes $125 million by selling bitcoin
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    Payments company Square has seen five straight quarters of record growth in sales of bitcoin.

    Payments company Square has seen five straight quarters of record growth in sales of bitcoin.


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  • 32/76   Binance unveils long list of potential tokens to offer on U.S. exchange
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    A total of 30 tokens may soon be coming to the Binance US platform, if they can pass the exchange’s own legal scrutiny. But be careful what you wish for.

    A total of 30 tokens may soon be coming to the Binance US platform, if they can pass the exchange’s own legal scrutiny. But be careful what you wish for.


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  • 33/76   Should Ripple burn 50% of XRP’s supply to pump its price?
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    A handful of XRP investors can’t handle its flatlining price and are petitioning Ripple to stop flooding the market with new coins.

    A handful of XRP investors can’t handle its flatlining price and are petitioning Ripple to stop flooding the market with new coins.


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  • 34/76   Iran's new crypto bill legalizes mining at a cost to miners’ profit margins
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    Iran has approved cryptocurrency mining, while still outlawing trading. The stringent conditions of the bill may scare off miners.

    Iran has approved cryptocurrency mining, while still outlawing trading. The stringent conditions of the bill may scare off miners.


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  • 35/76   User experience is vital to blockchain adoption, according to new report
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    It’s time to make crypto projects more usable, say a handful of blockchain project founders.

    It’s time to make crypto projects more usable, say a handful of blockchain project founders.


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  • 36/76   Bitcoin ETF Decisions: Delayed Again
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    Is this the last time that a long-awaited and critical ruling by the SEC is postponed?

    Is this the last time that a long-awaited and critical ruling by the SEC is postponed?


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  • 37/76   Kik denies (almost) everything
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    In a blistering response to July’s SEC complaint against it, Kik basically accuses the Commission of lying about...everything.

    In a blistering response to July’s SEC complaint against it, Kik basically accuses the Commission of lying about...everything.


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  • 38/76   Number barely go up—has Litecoin’s halvening had the intended effect?
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    Litecoin’s post-halving performance has been weak, and traders who expected better are disappointed.

    Litecoin’s post-halving performance has been weak, and traders who expected better are disappointed.


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  • 39/76   Peter McCormack calls Craig Wright 'wholly discredited' in legal defense
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    Peter McCormack's lawyers say the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor is wasting the court's time—if he has the proof, why doesn't he just provide it?

    Peter McCormack's lawyers say the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor is wasting the court's time—if he has the proof, why doesn't he just provide it?


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  • 40/76   '#ClintonBodyCount': Trump's sharing of Epstein conspiracy theory draws outrage
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    President Trump drew widespread backlash after sharing a baseless conspiracy theory tying the death of Jeffrey Epstein, a well-connected convicted sex offender, to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    President Trump drew widespread backlash after sharing a baseless conspiracy theory tying the death of Jeffrey Epstein, a well-connected convicted sex offender, to Bill and Hillary Clinton.


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  • 41/76   The Latest: Hong Kong airport to restart flights Tuesday
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    The Hong Kong airport says it will restart flights starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday after it completely shut down operations when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied its main terminal.  Airport staff advised passengers to leave the airport for their own safety, but traffic outside was at a near standstill, and public transportation was clogged.  Some passengers and departing protesters opted to walk.

    The Hong Kong airport says it will restart flights starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday after it completely shut down operations when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied its main terminal. Airport staff advised passengers to leave the airport for their own safety, but traffic outside was at a near standstill, and public transportation was clogged. Some passengers and departing protesters opted to walk.


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  • 42/76   Seven dead in DR Congo lake boat capsize
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    Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday.  Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.  The 'total number of deaths is seven,' the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a statement.

    Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday. Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels. The 'total number of deaths is seven,' the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a statement.


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  • 43/76   Deadly explosion at Russian test site involved nuclear power source, reports say
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    An explosion at a Russian base that killed at least five people last week involved a small nuclear reactor, state nuclear officials said.

    An explosion at a Russian base that killed at least five people last week involved a small nuclear reactor, state nuclear officials said.


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  • 44/76   Family sues Glenview nursing home over video of aides taunting woman, 91, with dementia; aides charged and fired
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    Two nursing home aides in Glenview, Illinois have been fired and charged after a Snapchat video showed them taunting a 91-year-old woman with dementia.

    Two nursing home aides in Glenview, Illinois have been fired and charged after a Snapchat video showed them taunting a 91-year-old woman with dementia.


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  • 45/76   Canada cable car cord severed in 'likely sabotage'
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    Canadian police are investigating an apparent act of vandalism after a cord carrying cable cars was severed, sending all 30 of them crashing to the ground.The company said the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, north of Vancouver, was not operating at the time of the incident, and that no guests or staff members were injured.The attraction’s manager told Canadian broadcaster CBC that maintenance on the line had been recently carried out “and it was a big, thick, beautiful healthy rope”.The firm said the incident took place at around 04.30 local time (11.30 GMT).Police think an individual deliberately slashed the cables in the early hours of Saturday and say technical safety experts are now assessing the line.“We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism,” Squamish RCMP Inspector Kara Triance told CBC. “At this time, it’s a crime scene.”Inspector Triance said the person responsible placed themselves in “extreme jeopardy” if they had scaled a maintenance pole. She also noted the steel cable coming loose under tension would have been highly dangerous.Police are asking visitors to steer clear of the area – including away from nearby trails. They have also urged any hikers, climbers, or campers who were in the area to get in touch with them.“We recognise the potential of what could have been and are thankful that no one was injured,” police said in a statement.The Sea to Sky Gondola takes passengers to almost 3,000 feet above sea level, giving views of Howe Sound, a network of fjords situated immediately northwest of Vancouver, and surrounding waterfalls. Each of the gondola cars is able to hold eight passengersAdditional reporting by agencies

    Canadian police are investigating an apparent act of vandalism after a cord carrying cable cars was severed, sending all 30 of them crashing to the ground.The company said the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, north of Vancouver, was not operating at the time of the incident, and that no guests or staff members were injured.The attraction’s manager told Canadian broadcaster CBC that maintenance on the line had been recently carried out “and it was a big, thick, beautiful healthy rope”.The firm said the incident took place at around 04.30 local time (11.30 GMT).Police think an individual deliberately slashed the cables in the early hours of Saturday and say technical safety experts are now assessing the line.“We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism,” Squamish RCMP Inspector Kara Triance told CBC. “At this time, it’s a crime scene.”Inspector Triance said the person responsible placed themselves in “extreme jeopardy” if they had scaled a maintenance pole. She also noted the steel cable coming loose under tension would have been highly dangerous.Police are asking visitors to steer clear of the area – including away from nearby trails. They have also urged any hikers, climbers, or campers who were in the area to get in touch with them.“We recognise the potential of what could have been and are thankful that no one was injured,” police said in a statement.The Sea to Sky Gondola takes passengers to almost 3,000 feet above sea level, giving views of Howe Sound, a network of fjords situated immediately northwest of Vancouver, and surrounding waterfalls. Each of the gondola cars is able to hold eight passengersAdditional reporting by agencies


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  • 46/76   Biden's 'gaffe machine' revs up in Iowa
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    Months before launching his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden acknowledged that he is a “gaffe machine,” prone to misstatements and unforced errors that could undercut his electability. Such blunders were on display this weekend.

    Months before launching his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden acknowledged that he is a “gaffe machine,” prone to misstatements and unforced errors that could undercut his electability. Such blunders were on display this weekend.


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  • 47/76   Versace apologies in flap over T-shirts sold in China
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    Italian fashion house Versace apologized Sunday in China for selling T-shirts that it said attached incorrect country names to cities, after being attacked on social media for challenging China's territorial integrity. Versace did not identify the T-shirt in its own post on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site, but the Global Times newspaper said the item mislabeled Hong Kong and Macao as countries. Both are former European colonies that were returned to China in the late 1990s.

    Italian fashion house Versace apologized Sunday in China for selling T-shirts that it said attached incorrect country names to cities, after being attacked on social media for challenging China's territorial integrity. Versace did not identify the T-shirt in its own post on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site, but the Global Times newspaper said the item mislabeled Hong Kong and Macao as countries. Both are former European colonies that were returned to China in the late 1990s.


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  • 48/76   India promises to ease Kashmir curfew as Pakistan accuses New Delhi government of 'ethnic cleansing'
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    Indian security forces said they had eased a week-long curfew and restrictions on movement in Kashmir ahead of a major Muslim festival on Monday. The move came as police denied carrying out a violent crackdown against protesters in the region, despite the emergence of footage showing troops firing into a crowd. Jammu and Kashmir police said on Sunday that “not a single bullet had been fired in the last six days” and called the reports “mischievous and motivated news”. They claimed the protests were small and peaceably broken up. Earlier the BBC broadcast footage apparently showing officers firing tear gas and live rounds at a crowd of 10,000 protesters after Friday prayers in the city of Srinagar.   The BBC stood by its report, while the New York Times and India Today said its journalists had corroborated the incident.    Jammu and Kashmir has been under a media, internet and phone blackout since Narendra Modi's Indian government revoked the Muslim-majority region's special constitutional status on August 5. A curfew enforced by thousands of Indian troops has made movement and reporting in the region difficult. The move has provoked outrage in Pakistan, which has fought two major wars with India over the disputed territory since independence. Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, on Sunday accused the Indian government of pursing "ethnic cleansing" comparable to Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia. Describing the move as "the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum", he said it would lead to "the suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan". "Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing," he tweeted. "Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich? Dilbag Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, on Sunday said the curfew had been eased ahead of the Muslims festival of Eid ul-adha today.    “Things are absolutely normal, not a single incident has been reported from south Kashmir even,” Mr Singh told the Hindustan Times. “We are closely watching the situation,” he said. Mr Singh said there were incidents of stone throwing in downtown Srinagar on Saturday, but insisted that any report of violence in the region “is false”. The New Delhi government on Sunday said deliveries of food and supplies were active again to Kashmir, and banks and stores were being restocked ahead of Eid.

    Indian security forces said they had eased a week-long curfew and restrictions on movement in Kashmir ahead of a major Muslim festival on Monday. The move came as police denied carrying out a violent crackdown against protesters in the region, despite the emergence of footage showing troops firing into a crowd. Jammu and Kashmir police said on Sunday that “not a single bullet had been fired in the last six days” and called the reports “mischievous and motivated news”. They claimed the protests were small and peaceably broken up. Earlier the BBC broadcast footage apparently showing officers firing tear gas and live rounds at a crowd of 10,000 protesters after Friday prayers in the city of Srinagar.   The BBC stood by its report, while the New York Times and India Today said its journalists had corroborated the incident.    Jammu and Kashmir has been under a media, internet and phone blackout since Narendra Modi's Indian government revoked the Muslim-majority region's special constitutional status on August 5. A curfew enforced by thousands of Indian troops has made movement and reporting in the region difficult. The move has provoked outrage in Pakistan, which has fought two major wars with India over the disputed territory since independence. Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, on Sunday accused the Indian government of pursing "ethnic cleansing" comparable to Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia. Describing the move as "the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum", he said it would lead to "the suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan". "Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing," he tweeted. "Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich? Dilbag Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, on Sunday said the curfew had been eased ahead of the Muslims festival of Eid ul-adha today.    “Things are absolutely normal, not a single incident has been reported from south Kashmir even,” Mr Singh told the Hindustan Times. “We are closely watching the situation,” he said. Mr Singh said there were incidents of stone throwing in downtown Srinagar on Saturday, but insisted that any report of violence in the region “is false”. The New Delhi government on Sunday said deliveries of food and supplies were active again to Kashmir, and banks and stores were being restocked ahead of Eid.


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  • 49/76   One million moved into camps, 184 dead in India monsoon floods
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    Indian authorities have moved around a million people into emergency camps in recent days as the death toll from monsoon floods jumped Monday to at least 184.  The southern state of Kerala, a tourist haven known for its beaches, hill resorts and backwaters, has been the worst hit region for the second consecutive year, forcing the closure of the Kochi international airport for three days last week.  'At least 76 people have died, 58 are missing and another 32 have received injuries,' Pramod Kumar, Kerala police spokesman, told AFP.

    Indian authorities have moved around a million people into emergency camps in recent days as the death toll from monsoon floods jumped Monday to at least 184. The southern state of Kerala, a tourist haven known for its beaches, hill resorts and backwaters, has been the worst hit region for the second consecutive year, forcing the closure of the Kochi international airport for three days last week. 'At least 76 people have died, 58 are missing and another 32 have received injuries,' Pramod Kumar, Kerala police spokesman, told AFP.


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  • 50/76   Lightning strikes detected within 300 miles of North Pole amid escalating climate change emergency in Arctic
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    Multiple lightning strikes have been detected within 300 miles of the North Pole, in the latest extraordinary weather event amid an escalating climate change emergency. The bolts on Saturday, which were spotted by the US’s National Weather Service (NWS), were the result of towering storm clouds that in lower latitudes would amount to ordinary thunderstorms. But polar lightning is so rare, due to temperatures usually being too low to allow the phenomenon, that the NWS decided to issue a public information statement over the weekend. “A number of lightning strikes were recorded between 4pm and 6pm today within 300 miles of the North Pole,” it said. According to the statement, the thunderstorm was around 700 miles north of Siberia’s Lena River Delta and the strikes hit the surface, which was probably made up of sea ice or areas of open ocean waters mixed with ice.“This is one of the furthest north lightning strikes in Alaska forecaster memory,” the NWS stated after its office in Fairbanks, Alaska, detected the incident.The thunderstorms at the top of the world struck in the midst of an extreme summer that has featured record-low sea ice levels and much-above-average temperatures across much of the Arctic Ocean, including at the pole itself.In Greenland in late July and early August, an extreme weather event led to record levels of ice melt into the sea, tangibly raising global sea levels. A wildfire has been burning in western Greenland for more than a month, illustrating the unusually dry and warm conditions there.Reached by phone Monday morning, NWS Fairbanks meteorologist Ryan Metzger hesitated to say that lightning so close to the pole has never been seen before, in part because forecasters are not always looking there.“I wouldn’t say it’s never happened before, but it’s certainly unusual, and it piqued our attention,” Mr Metzger said.He said he was confident the strikes were not errors in the lightning detection network, which spans the globe, because they tracked along with the clouds’ movements.The lightning strikes mean that the atmosphere near the pole was unstable enough, with sufficient warm and moist air in the lower atmosphere, to give rise to thunderstorms.The loss of sea ice across the Arctic has led to sea surface temperatures that are much above average for this time of year, which may be contributing to unusually unstable air masses being pushed across the central Arctic Ocean.The vast majority of Earth’s thunderstorms occur at lower latitudes, where the combination of higher temperatures and humidity more easily sparks such weather phenomena.However, as Alaska and other parts of the Arctic have warmed in response to human-caused global climate change, there is evidence thunderstorms are starting earlier in the year and are extending to areas that previously rarely saw such events, such as Alaska’s North Slope.One reason to be cautious about interpreting the lightning as an unprecedented event is that lightning can also occur in intense nontropical storms that affect the Arctic, though no such large and potent storm was present Saturday. This does make the weekend lightning stand out, however.The Arctic climate has seemingly gone off the rails this summer. There is no longer any sea ice present in Alaskan waters, with Bering Sea ice having melted out beginning in February, and ice in the Chukchi Sea already pulling back hundreds of miles north of the state.Alaska had its hottest month on record in July. Wildfires are burning across the state, and fires in Siberia have sent plumes of dark smoke into the Arctic, where soot particles can land on the ice and snow and speed up melting.In July alone, the Greenland ice sheet poured 197 billion tons of water into the North Atlantic, which was enough to raise sea levels by 0.5mm, or 0.02 inches, in a one-month time frame. On 1 August, Greenland had its biggest single-day melt event on record, with 12.5 billion tons of surface ice lost to the sea.Across the Arctic, sea ice is at record to near-record low levels for this time of year and is likely to end the melt season with one of the five lowest ice extents on record in the satellite era, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.Sea-ice extent is probably the lowest it has been in at least 1,500 years, based on recent research.Additional reporting by agencies

    Multiple lightning strikes have been detected within 300 miles of the North Pole, in the latest extraordinary weather event amid an escalating climate change emergency. The bolts on Saturday, which were spotted by the US’s National Weather Service (NWS), were the result of towering storm clouds that in lower latitudes would amount to ordinary thunderstorms. But polar lightning is so rare, due to temperatures usually being too low to allow the phenomenon, that the NWS decided to issue a public information statement over the weekend. “A number of lightning strikes were recorded between 4pm and 6pm today within 300 miles of the North Pole,” it said. According to the statement, the thunderstorm was around 700 miles north of Siberia’s Lena River Delta and the strikes hit the surface, which was probably made up of sea ice or areas of open ocean waters mixed with ice.“This is one of the furthest north lightning strikes in Alaska forecaster memory,” the NWS stated after its office in Fairbanks, Alaska, detected the incident.The thunderstorms at the top of the world struck in the midst of an extreme summer that has featured record-low sea ice levels and much-above-average temperatures across much of the Arctic Ocean, including at the pole itself.In Greenland in late July and early August, an extreme weather event led to record levels of ice melt into the sea, tangibly raising global sea levels. A wildfire has been burning in western Greenland for more than a month, illustrating the unusually dry and warm conditions there.Reached by phone Monday morning, NWS Fairbanks meteorologist Ryan Metzger hesitated to say that lightning so close to the pole has never been seen before, in part because forecasters are not always looking there.“I wouldn’t say it’s never happened before, but it’s certainly unusual, and it piqued our attention,” Mr Metzger said.He said he was confident the strikes were not errors in the lightning detection network, which spans the globe, because they tracked along with the clouds’ movements.The lightning strikes mean that the atmosphere near the pole was unstable enough, with sufficient warm and moist air in the lower atmosphere, to give rise to thunderstorms.The loss of sea ice across the Arctic has led to sea surface temperatures that are much above average for this time of year, which may be contributing to unusually unstable air masses being pushed across the central Arctic Ocean.The vast majority of Earth’s thunderstorms occur at lower latitudes, where the combination of higher temperatures and humidity more easily sparks such weather phenomena.However, as Alaska and other parts of the Arctic have warmed in response to human-caused global climate change, there is evidence thunderstorms are starting earlier in the year and are extending to areas that previously rarely saw such events, such as Alaska’s North Slope.One reason to be cautious about interpreting the lightning as an unprecedented event is that lightning can also occur in intense nontropical storms that affect the Arctic, though no such large and potent storm was present Saturday. This does make the weekend lightning stand out, however.The Arctic climate has seemingly gone off the rails this summer. There is no longer any sea ice present in Alaskan waters, with Bering Sea ice having melted out beginning in February, and ice in the Chukchi Sea already pulling back hundreds of miles north of the state.Alaska had its hottest month on record in July. Wildfires are burning across the state, and fires in Siberia have sent plumes of dark smoke into the Arctic, where soot particles can land on the ice and snow and speed up melting.In July alone, the Greenland ice sheet poured 197 billion tons of water into the North Atlantic, which was enough to raise sea levels by 0.5mm, or 0.02 inches, in a one-month time frame. On 1 August, Greenland had its biggest single-day melt event on record, with 12.5 billion tons of surface ice lost to the sea.Across the Arctic, sea ice is at record to near-record low levels for this time of year and is likely to end the melt season with one of the five lowest ice extents on record in the satellite era, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.Sea-ice extent is probably the lowest it has been in at least 1,500 years, based on recent research.Additional reporting by agencies


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  • 51/76   Indonesia ships back tonnes of Australian waste
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    Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash.  Eight containers of trash -- weighing some 210 tonnes -- left Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya on Monday aboard a cargo ship bound for Singapore, the local customs agency said.  The move comes less than a week after Australia pledged to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.

    Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash. Eight containers of trash -- weighing some 210 tonnes -- left Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya on Monday aboard a cargo ship bound for Singapore, the local customs agency said. The move comes less than a week after Australia pledged to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.


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  • 52/76   US Air Force Gives Vector Launch Its First Mission
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    But is it too little, too late?

    But is it too little, too late?


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  • 53/76   August 15th’s Full Sturgeon Moon Will Make You Question All Of Your Relationships
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    Your friends, included.

    Your friends, included.


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  • 54/76   Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the U.S. to avoid flying
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    Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York this week, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit.  To avoid travelling by air, Thunberg is making her trans-Atlantic trip on board the 60-ft yacht, the Malizia II, fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon.

    Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York this week, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit. To avoid travelling by air, Thunberg is making her trans-Atlantic trip on board the 60-ft yacht, the Malizia II, fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon.


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  • 55/76   Young Adults See Climate Change Affecting Them and Support More Solutions - But Not Necessarily Taxes
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    Young adults and people who live in coastal metros are the most likely to anticipate their lives will be affected by climate change.The post Young Adults See Climate Change Affecting Them and Support More Solutions - But Not Necessarily Taxes appeared first on Zillow Research.

    Young adults and people who live in coastal metros are the most likely to anticipate their lives will be affected by climate change.The post Young Adults See Climate Change Affecting Them and Support More Solutions - But Not Necessarily Taxes appeared first on Zillow Research.


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  • 56/76   Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the U.S. on boat with no toilet
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    Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York on Wednesday, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht with no shower or toilet to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit.  To avoid traveling by air, Thunberg is making her trans-Atlantic trip on board the 60-ft yacht, the Malizia II, fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon.  'I might feel a bit seasick and it's not going to be comfortable but that I can live with,' Thunberg told BBC TV in Plymouth, southwest England, from where she is due to leave on Wednesday afternoon.

    Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York on Wednesday, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht with no shower or toilet to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit. To avoid traveling by air, Thunberg is making her trans-Atlantic trip on board the 60-ft yacht, the Malizia II, fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon. 'I might feel a bit seasick and it's not going to be comfortable but that I can live with,' Thunberg told BBC TV in Plymouth, southwest England, from where she is due to leave on Wednesday afternoon.


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  • 57/76   Studies Show You Can Trick Your Brain Into Liking Vegetables
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    A few simple psychological tricks can help you load up on more healthy produce. Also, find out why parents should never hide veggies in kids' food.

    A few simple psychological tricks can help you load up on more healthy produce. Also, find out why parents should never hide veggies in kids' food.


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  • 58/76   African Americans underserved by U.S. banks: study
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    Many minorities in the United States depend on more expensive financial services like check-cashing counters since there are fewer banks in non-white neighborhoods.  Increasing access to basic banking services, like checking and savings accounts, could save individual black Americans up to $40,000 over their lifetime, the report found.  'Black families are being underserved and overcharged by institutions that can provide the best channels for saving,' said the report authored by McKinsey partners Shelley Stewart and Jason Wright.

    Many minorities in the United States depend on more expensive financial services like check-cashing counters since there are fewer banks in non-white neighborhoods. Increasing access to basic banking services, like checking and savings accounts, could save individual black Americans up to $40,000 over their lifetime, the report found. 'Black families are being underserved and overcharged by institutions that can provide the best channels for saving,' said the report authored by McKinsey partners Shelley Stewart and Jason Wright.


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  • 59/76   African Americans underserved by U.S. banks: study
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    Many minorities in the United States depend on more expensive financial services like check-cashing counters since there are fewer banks in non-white neighborhoods.  Increasing access to basic banking services, like checking and savings accounts, could save individual black Americans up to $40,000 over their lifetime, the report found.  'Black families are being underserved and overcharged by institutions that can provide the best channels for saving,' said the report authored by McKinsey partners Shelley Stewart and Jason Wright.

    Many minorities in the United States depend on more expensive financial services like check-cashing counters since there are fewer banks in non-white neighborhoods. Increasing access to basic banking services, like checking and savings accounts, could save individual black Americans up to $40,000 over their lifetime, the report found. 'Black families are being underserved and overcharged by institutions that can provide the best channels for saving,' said the report authored by McKinsey partners Shelley Stewart and Jason Wright.


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  • 60/76   Detained Kyrgyzstan ex-president charged with murder over special forces death
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    The head of Kyrgyzstan's security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him. Mr Atambayev surrendered on Thursday when police raided his home and detained him for questioning over a corruption case, laying bare a power struggle with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov that is pushing the Central Asian nation to the brink of political crisis. Mr Atambayev's supporters had repulsed a similar raid the previous day in which a deputy commander of an elite special forces unit was killed. In an indictment related to the botched raid, prosecutors on Tuesday charged him with murder, hostage-taking and causing mass unrest, Kabar said. Mr Atambayev has dismissed criminal investigations against him as politically motivated and illegal. Supporters of former president Almazbek Atambayev fight with riot police near Atambayev's house in Koi-Tash Credit: AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin National security chief Orozbek Opumbayev on Tuesday accused the former president of seeking bloodshed. "Then, blaming it on the authorities, he would have been able to stage a coup," Kabar quoted Opumbayev as saying. Mr Opumbayev said Mr Atambayev shot at security officers with his sniper rifle, fatally wounding one of them. Mr Atambayev, whose lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment, said last week he had fired off several shots, but most were warning ones directed into the air. Mr Atambayev, who served as president of the former Soviet republic between 2011 and 2017, backed his then-ally Mr Jeenbekov's presidential bid, hoping to retain political influence. But Mr Jeenbekov purged Atambayev loyalists from his cabinet last year, prompting a falling-out between the two which was followed by several criminal probes targeting Mr Atambayev and his close associates. Kyrgyzstan has been a close ally of Moscow and hosts a Russian military airbase. Mr Atambayev met Vladimir Putin last month but the Russian president subsequently endorsed Mr Jeenbekov in public.

    The head of Kyrgyzstan's security forces accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him. Mr Atambayev surrendered on Thursday when police raided his home and detained him for questioning over a corruption case, laying bare a power struggle with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov that is pushing the Central Asian nation to the brink of political crisis. Mr Atambayev's supporters had repulsed a similar raid the previous day in which a deputy commander of an elite special forces unit was killed. In an indictment related to the botched raid, prosecutors on Tuesday charged him with murder, hostage-taking and causing mass unrest, Kabar said. Mr Atambayev has dismissed criminal investigations against him as politically motivated and illegal. Supporters of former president Almazbek Atambayev fight with riot police near Atambayev's house in Koi-Tash Credit: AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin National security chief Orozbek Opumbayev on Tuesday accused the former president of seeking bloodshed. "Then, blaming it on the authorities, he would have been able to stage a coup," Kabar quoted Opumbayev as saying. Mr Opumbayev said Mr Atambayev shot at security officers with his sniper rifle, fatally wounding one of them. Mr Atambayev, whose lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment, said last week he had fired off several shots, but most were warning ones directed into the air. Mr Atambayev, who served as president of the former Soviet republic between 2011 and 2017, backed his then-ally Mr Jeenbekov's presidential bid, hoping to retain political influence. But Mr Jeenbekov purged Atambayev loyalists from his cabinet last year, prompting a falling-out between the two which was followed by several criminal probes targeting Mr Atambayev and his close associates. Kyrgyzstan has been a close ally of Moscow and hosts a Russian military airbase. Mr Atambayev met Vladimir Putin last month but the Russian president subsequently endorsed Mr Jeenbekov in public.


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  • 61/76   Mexicans protest over alleged rape of teenage girls by police officers
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    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Mexico City calling for justice for two teenage girls who were allegedly raped by police officers.The first case involves a 17-year-old girl who said four policemen raped her in their patrol car in Azcapotzalco, in the Mexican capital’s north, on 3 August. The saga has sparked outrage after the city lawyer, Ernestina Godoy, last week admitted the officers have yet to have been charged because officials are waiting for the victim to identify the perpetrators.In the other case, just six days later, a 16-year-old girl said a policeman raped her in a museum in the city centre. A policeman was arrested on Thursday.Around 300 protesters, who were predominantly women, descended on the city’s security headquarters and the capital’s prosecutor’s office on Monday. They voiced their anger at the two recent cases – shouting “justice” and “they don’t protect us, they rape us” at officers.The demonstrators, equipped with pink glitter and spray paint, advanced on the prosecutor’s office and smashed its door and left a pig’s head outside.Mexico’s security minister Jesus Orta Martínez was enveloped in pink glitter when he tried to reassure the women both cases would be properly investigated.Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s first elected female mayor, branded the demonstration a “provocation”. At a press conference, she said the authorities would carry out justice but labelled the demonstrators provocateurs.She said: “We are not going to fall for any provocation, this was a provocation. They wanted the government to use violent methods and in no way will we fall for it. There will be an investigation and the prosecutors’ office will resolve it”.Ms Sheinbaum said “due to the seriousness of the case“ the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City would be involved in the investigation.Violence against women is prevalent in Mexico – according to United Nations figures, an average of nine women are believed to be murdered every day.According to the Mexican Institute of Statistics and Geography, 44 per cent of women have suffered violence from a partner and 66 per cent of women have experienced some form of violence during their life. The country’s criminal code specifically references femicides – defining the crime as one “that deprives a woman of her life for gendered reasons” and citing evidence of it as including signs of sexual violence, “degrading” injuries, a history of violence at home, work or school.In October 2018, Mexicans were left shocked by news of a couple who admitted to having murdered more than 20 women in Ecatepec, a suburb northeast of Mexico City. This case thrust the subject of femicide into the national spotlight once again – with local media branding the couple the “monsters of Ecatepec”.Femicide is defined around the world as the deliberate killing of a woman or girl because of their gender. The United Nations notes these gender-related murders may come after other violent acts including domestic abuse – describing the climate in Latin America as one of “high tolerance” towards such “normalised” attacks.According to the United Nations, Latin America has the world’s highest rates of femicide.

    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Mexico City calling for justice for two teenage girls who were allegedly raped by police officers.The first case involves a 17-year-old girl who said four policemen raped her in their patrol car in Azcapotzalco, in the Mexican capital’s north, on 3 August. The saga has sparked outrage after the city lawyer, Ernestina Godoy, last week admitted the officers have yet to have been charged because officials are waiting for the victim to identify the perpetrators.In the other case, just six days later, a 16-year-old girl said a policeman raped her in a museum in the city centre. A policeman was arrested on Thursday.Around 300 protesters, who were predominantly women, descended on the city’s security headquarters and the capital’s prosecutor’s office on Monday. They voiced their anger at the two recent cases – shouting “justice” and “they don’t protect us, they rape us” at officers.The demonstrators, equipped with pink glitter and spray paint, advanced on the prosecutor’s office and smashed its door and left a pig’s head outside.Mexico’s security minister Jesus Orta Martínez was enveloped in pink glitter when he tried to reassure the women both cases would be properly investigated.Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s first elected female mayor, branded the demonstration a “provocation”. At a press conference, she said the authorities would carry out justice but labelled the demonstrators provocateurs.She said: “We are not going to fall for any provocation, this was a provocation. They wanted the government to use violent methods and in no way will we fall for it. There will be an investigation and the prosecutors’ office will resolve it”.Ms Sheinbaum said “due to the seriousness of the case“ the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City would be involved in the investigation.Violence against women is prevalent in Mexico – according to United Nations figures, an average of nine women are believed to be murdered every day.According to the Mexican Institute of Statistics and Geography, 44 per cent of women have suffered violence from a partner and 66 per cent of women have experienced some form of violence during their life. The country’s criminal code specifically references femicides – defining the crime as one “that deprives a woman of her life for gendered reasons” and citing evidence of it as including signs of sexual violence, “degrading” injuries, a history of violence at home, work or school.In October 2018, Mexicans were left shocked by news of a couple who admitted to having murdered more than 20 women in Ecatepec, a suburb northeast of Mexico City. This case thrust the subject of femicide into the national spotlight once again – with local media branding the couple the “monsters of Ecatepec”.Femicide is defined around the world as the deliberate killing of a woman or girl because of their gender. The United Nations notes these gender-related murders may come after other violent acts including domestic abuse – describing the climate in Latin America as one of “high tolerance” towards such “normalised” attacks.According to the United Nations, Latin America has the world’s highest rates of femicide.


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  • 62/76   All Flight Check-Ins Canceled Amid Protests: Hong Kong Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Protests forced Hong Kong’s airport to suspend check-ins for departing flights -- its second straight day of major service disruptions -- as embattled local leader Carrie Lam warned that the city risked sliding into an “abyss.”Hundreds of black-shirted protesters staged a sit-in at the departures hall at Hong Kong International Airport, preventing some checked-in passengers from reaching their planes. Airlines including Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. had already canceled hundreds more flights Tuesday, the day after the government decided to briefly shut the airport during a mass demonstration in the arrivals area.The interruptions follow a weekend of violence that saw police fire tear gas into a subway station and shoot rubber bullets at close range.Here’s the latest:Remaining Check-Ins Canceled (6:52 p.m.)Hong Kong’s airport halted check-ins for remaining departures for a second straight day, the airport authority said in a statement, after protesters blocked outgoing gates in a dramatic sit-in. The cancellation of all check-ins was announced after hundreds of black-shirted protesters sat down in the airport’s departure halls. The move came a day after authorities shut the airport amid a mass rally in the arrival hall Monday.China’s Leader Faces a Dilemma (6:14 p.m.)It’s the question worrying some in Hong Kong: Will Chinese President Xi Jinping send in troops to restore order? Xi now faces a dilemma over whether to wait the protesters out or bring in his forces. The likelihood he’ll do that remains low. While Xi could choose to do away with the city’s autonomy, there would be immense cost to both the Chinese leader and his country. It could dwarf any fallout from the weekslong protest movement. Among those risk factors is his protracted trade war with the U.S.Mainland Airports Stand To Benefit (5:52 p.m.)The disruptions at Hong Kong’s airport could be a boon for its competitors. It drove big gains Tuesday in shares of airports just over the Chinese border. Shenzhen Airport Co. soared by the 10% daily limit, while Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. was up 4.5% to a record high. They had also rallied Monday. The unrest may lead global carriers to reevaluate Hong Kong’s role as an international hub and flights allocated there, helping megacity Shenzhen establish itself as a hub in the longer run, Citic Securities Co. said.Cathay Parent Backs Government (5:35 p.m.)Cathay Pacific’s parent company, Swire Pacific Ltd., said it has “consistently and resolutely” supported Hong Kong’s development and remains fully committed to the city.UN Agency Urges Restraint (5:29 p.m.)The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned police for firing tear gas directly at protesters, saying they created “a considerable risk of death or serious injury.” It also urged protesters to express their views peacefully. The office “reviewed credible evidence of law enforcement officials employing less-lethal weapons in ways that are prohibited by international norms and standards,” spokesman Rupert Colville said in a statement.Departure Gates Closed (4:23 p.m.)The airport closed its north and south departure gates at international Terminal 1, leaving long lines of passengers who had already checked in to wait for further instruction.The closures came as Hong Kong police said at a daily briefing that officers fired 58 rounds of tear gas and seven rounds of rubber bullets as violence escalated Saturday, moves that helped fuel protester anger.Protests Spread to Departures Hall (3:32 p.m.)Hundreds of black-shirted protesters spread to the airport’s departures area, bringing passenger check-ins to a crawl. They sat on the floor and blocked the route to the terminal’s north departure gates as they chanted “Shame on Hong Kong police.” A trickle of passengers were still getting through, but others remained in a long line, some sitting warily with their luggage carts. The crew channel was closed off. As the crowd of protesters shifted, the arrivals hall largely emptied out.“They shoot press, they shoot first aid, they are HK police,” one protester’s sign read.Patten: China Intervention Would Be ‘Catastrophe’ (2:20 p.m.)Hong Kong’s last colonial governor, Chris Patten, told the BBC on Tuesday that the government’s refusal to formally withdraw the extradition bill and set up an independent inquiry into the protests was to blame for pushing Hong Kong to the abyss. He urged President Xi Jinping and the local government to seek reconciliation avoid forcibly suppressing protests. “That would be a catastrophe,” said Patten, who served as governor from 1992 to 1997.Plans for Sunday March Detailed (1:19 p.m.)The Civil Human Rights Front, the group that organized three historically large marches against the extradition bill in June and July, detailed plans to hold a similar public procession at 3 p.m. Sunday. The group’s challenge will be maintaining the largely peaceful atmosphere of the earlier events as some protests turn to violence and the police employ more forceful measures to disperse them. It’s unclear whether CHRF will get sign-off from the police, who have been withholding approval from some marches.Opposition lawmaker Claudia Mo, a prominent participant in CHRF protests, separately called Lam’s contention that she didn’t have authority over the police force “irresponsible.” “It’s very clear right now who is running Hong Kong, and that’s Beijing,” Mo said.Airport Train Services Cut (12:51 p.m.)Hong Kong’s Airport Authority announced that trains between downtown and the terminals would depart less frequently after 1 p.m. in a bid to control crowds. The agency said fewer trains were necessary due to reduced flights at the airport. Trains would run at 15-minute intervals instead of the usual 10-minute span, an agency spokesman said.Travelers Confront Protesters at Airport (11:15 a.m.)Some travelers whose flights were disrupted by the airport protests confronted demonstrators, including one man speaking the Mandarin Chinese dialect preferred on the mainland, who complained that his trip had been delayed by a day. One protester apologized to the man, explaining that the government wouldn’t listen to their demands. Others shrugged off the delays.Lam: Police Used ‘Lowest Level’ Force (10:14 a.m.)Lam said police used the “lowest level of force” when asked why they had fired tear gas in residential areas, as she held a regular Q+A session ahead of a meeting of the city’s Executive Council. She urged calm, a refrain in recent weeks as violence between protesters and police worsens and tear gas is regularly deployed in crowded areas across the city.At one point, she was interrupted by reporters as she sidestepped questions on whether she would resign -- a key protester demand -- and whether she had concrete proposals to ease residents’ fears.“It would take a very long time to restore Hong Kong,” she said, choking up. “I again call on everyone to set aside prejudice, and be calm to look at the city, our home -- do we really want to push it into the abyss?”Read more on the potential toll of the unrest on Hong Kong’s economyLam Says Hong Kong in Chaos (9:48 a.m.)After her session began, Lam asked the public whether they wanted to see Hong Kong fall into an abyss and said the city was in a chaotic situation.The city’s rule of law is being hurt, she said, and non-cooperation events affected the airport and traffic. Lam also said she saw further suffering for the city’s economy, and that dialogue between the two sides could resume after violence stops.Protesters Call for Return to Airport (9 a.m.)Some protesters called for a return to the airport at 1 p.m. Tuesday, circulating a flyer online calling for people to gather featuring an airplane and blue sky.Hong Kong Airlines vowed its support for the city’s government and police and condemned protester violence in a half-page advertisement in pro-Beijing local newspaper Wen Wei Po. It came as state-run Air China Ltd. canceled dozens of scheduled flights to the city on Tuesday, citing issues at the airport in a post to its official account on Chinese social media platform Weibo.Read more from Monday’s scene at Hong Kong’s airportAirport Resumes Normal Operation (6:40 a.m.)The airport was operating normally as of now, a staff at the airport’s customer service hotline said by phone. It is re-scheduling 90 canceled flights from Monday. It may cancel more flights Tuesday depending on the situation as some protesters remained at the arrival hall. Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific has canceled more than 200 flights to and out of Hong Kong Tuesday.(A previous version of this story was corrected after the Airport Authority revised its statement to show flights still departing, check-in closed.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow, Sebastian Chau, Annabelle Droulers and Stephen Engle.To contact the reporters on this story: Yvonne Man in Hong Kong at yman9@bloomberg.net;Fion Li in Hong Kong at fli59@bloomberg.net;Annie Lee in Hong Kong at olee42@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Protests forced Hong Kong’s airport to suspend check-ins for departing flights -- its second straight day of major service disruptions -- as embattled local leader Carrie Lam warned that the city risked sliding into an “abyss.”Hundreds of black-shirted protesters staged a sit-in at the departures hall at Hong Kong International Airport, preventing some checked-in passengers from reaching their planes. Airlines including Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. had already canceled hundreds more flights Tuesday, the day after the government decided to briefly shut the airport during a mass demonstration in the arrivals area.The interruptions follow a weekend of violence that saw police fire tear gas into a subway station and shoot rubber bullets at close range.Here’s the latest:Remaining Check-Ins Canceled (6:52 p.m.)Hong Kong’s airport halted check-ins for remaining departures for a second straight day, the airport authority said in a statement, after protesters blocked outgoing gates in a dramatic sit-in. The cancellation of all check-ins was announced after hundreds of black-shirted protesters sat down in the airport’s departure halls. The move came a day after authorities shut the airport amid a mass rally in the arrival hall Monday.China’s Leader Faces a Dilemma (6:14 p.m.)It’s the question worrying some in Hong Kong: Will Chinese President Xi Jinping send in troops to restore order? Xi now faces a dilemma over whether to wait the protesters out or bring in his forces. The likelihood he’ll do that remains low. While Xi could choose to do away with the city’s autonomy, there would be immense cost to both the Chinese leader and his country. It could dwarf any fallout from the weekslong protest movement. Among those risk factors is his protracted trade war with the U.S.Mainland Airports Stand To Benefit (5:52 p.m.)The disruptions at Hong Kong’s airport could be a boon for its competitors. It drove big gains Tuesday in shares of airports just over the Chinese border. Shenzhen Airport Co. soared by the 10% daily limit, while Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. was up 4.5% to a record high. They had also rallied Monday. The unrest may lead global carriers to reevaluate Hong Kong’s role as an international hub and flights allocated there, helping megacity Shenzhen establish itself as a hub in the longer run, Citic Securities Co. said.Cathay Parent Backs Government (5:35 p.m.)Cathay Pacific’s parent company, Swire Pacific Ltd., said it has “consistently and resolutely” supported Hong Kong’s development and remains fully committed to the city.UN Agency Urges Restraint (5:29 p.m.)The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned police for firing tear gas directly at protesters, saying they created “a considerable risk of death or serious injury.” It also urged protesters to express their views peacefully. The office “reviewed credible evidence of law enforcement officials employing less-lethal weapons in ways that are prohibited by international norms and standards,” spokesman Rupert Colville said in a statement.Departure Gates Closed (4:23 p.m.)The airport closed its north and south departure gates at international Terminal 1, leaving long lines of passengers who had already checked in to wait for further instruction.The closures came as Hong Kong police said at a daily briefing that officers fired 58 rounds of tear gas and seven rounds of rubber bullets as violence escalated Saturday, moves that helped fuel protester anger.Protests Spread to Departures Hall (3:32 p.m.)Hundreds of black-shirted protesters spread to the airport’s departures area, bringing passenger check-ins to a crawl. They sat on the floor and blocked the route to the terminal’s north departure gates as they chanted “Shame on Hong Kong police.” A trickle of passengers were still getting through, but others remained in a long line, some sitting warily with their luggage carts. The crew channel was closed off. As the crowd of protesters shifted, the arrivals hall largely emptied out.“They shoot press, they shoot first aid, they are HK police,” one protester’s sign read.Patten: China Intervention Would Be ‘Catastrophe’ (2:20 p.m.)Hong Kong’s last colonial governor, Chris Patten, told the BBC on Tuesday that the government’s refusal to formally withdraw the extradition bill and set up an independent inquiry into the protests was to blame for pushing Hong Kong to the abyss. He urged President Xi Jinping and the local government to seek reconciliation avoid forcibly suppressing protests. “That would be a catastrophe,” said Patten, who served as governor from 1992 to 1997.Plans for Sunday March Detailed (1:19 p.m.)The Civil Human Rights Front, the group that organized three historically large marches against the extradition bill in June and July, detailed plans to hold a similar public procession at 3 p.m. Sunday. The group’s challenge will be maintaining the largely peaceful atmosphere of the earlier events as some protests turn to violence and the police employ more forceful measures to disperse them. It’s unclear whether CHRF will get sign-off from the police, who have been withholding approval from some marches.Opposition lawmaker Claudia Mo, a prominent participant in CHRF protests, separately called Lam’s contention that she didn’t have authority over the police force “irresponsible.” “It’s very clear right now who is running Hong Kong, and that’s Beijing,” Mo said.Airport Train Services Cut (12:51 p.m.)Hong Kong’s Airport Authority announced that trains between downtown and the terminals would depart less frequently after 1 p.m. in a bid to control crowds. The agency said fewer trains were necessary due to reduced flights at the airport. Trains would run at 15-minute intervals instead of the usual 10-minute span, an agency spokesman said.Travelers Confront Protesters at Airport (11:15 a.m.)Some travelers whose flights were disrupted by the airport protests confronted demonstrators, including one man speaking the Mandarin Chinese dialect preferred on the mainland, who complained that his trip had been delayed by a day. One protester apologized to the man, explaining that the government wouldn’t listen to their demands. Others shrugged off the delays.Lam: Police Used ‘Lowest Level’ Force (10:14 a.m.)Lam said police used the “lowest level of force” when asked why they had fired tear gas in residential areas, as she held a regular Q+A session ahead of a meeting of the city’s Executive Council. She urged calm, a refrain in recent weeks as violence between protesters and police worsens and tear gas is regularly deployed in crowded areas across the city.At one point, she was interrupted by reporters as she sidestepped questions on whether she would resign -- a key protester demand -- and whether she had concrete proposals to ease residents’ fears.“It would take a very long time to restore Hong Kong,” she said, choking up. “I again call on everyone to set aside prejudice, and be calm to look at the city, our home -- do we really want to push it into the abyss?”Read more on the potential toll of the unrest on Hong Kong’s economyLam Says Hong Kong in Chaos (9:48 a.m.)After her session began, Lam asked the public whether they wanted to see Hong Kong fall into an abyss and said the city was in a chaotic situation.The city’s rule of law is being hurt, she said, and non-cooperation events affected the airport and traffic. Lam also said she saw further suffering for the city’s economy, and that dialogue between the two sides could resume after violence stops.Protesters Call for Return to Airport (9 a.m.)Some protesters called for a return to the airport at 1 p.m. Tuesday, circulating a flyer online calling for people to gather featuring an airplane and blue sky.Hong Kong Airlines vowed its support for the city’s government and police and condemned protester violence in a half-page advertisement in pro-Beijing local newspaper Wen Wei Po. It came as state-run Air China Ltd. canceled dozens of scheduled flights to the city on Tuesday, citing issues at the airport in a post to its official account on Chinese social media platform Weibo.Read more from Monday’s scene at Hong Kong’s airportAirport Resumes Normal Operation (6:40 a.m.)The airport was operating normally as of now, a staff at the airport’s customer service hotline said by phone. It is re-scheduling 90 canceled flights from Monday. It may cancel more flights Tuesday depending on the situation as some protesters remained at the arrival hall. Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific has canceled more than 200 flights to and out of Hong Kong Tuesday.(A previous version of this story was corrected after the Airport Authority revised its statement to show flights still departing, check-in closed.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow, Sebastian Chau, Annabelle Droulers and Stephen Engle.To contact the reporters on this story: Yvonne Man in Hong Kong at yman9@bloomberg.net;Fion Li in Hong Kong at fli59@bloomberg.net;Annie Lee in Hong Kong at olee42@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 63/76   Kremlin: Putin doesn't think Moscow protests significant
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    The Kremlin on Tuesday broke weeks of silence on opposition protests and police violence in Moscow, saying that President Vladimir Putin does not see the increasing wave of discontent as anything significant.  The Russian capital has been gripped by three consecutive weekends of large-scale opposition protests, with police arresting and detaining more than 1,000 people.  Giving the Kremlin's first official comments on the protests in Moscow, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Putin has not spoken out about the demonstrations because he does not think there is anything 'exceptional' about them.

    The Kremlin on Tuesday broke weeks of silence on opposition protests and police violence in Moscow, saying that President Vladimir Putin does not see the increasing wave of discontent as anything significant. The Russian capital has been gripped by three consecutive weekends of large-scale opposition protests, with police arresting and detaining more than 1,000 people. Giving the Kremlin's first official comments on the protests in Moscow, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Putin has not spoken out about the demonstrations because he does not think there is anything 'exceptional' about them.


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  • 64/76   Hong Kong Risks an Economic Fate Worse Than Recession
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    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Terms of Trade newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Economics on Twitter for more.Already hurting from the U.S.-China trade war, Hong Kong’s economy could be facing something much worse than a recession.With protests continuing to disrupt the territory’s retail and tourism industries — and bringing the airport to a standstill on Monday — analysts say it wouldn’t take much to tip the economy into negative territory. Total merchandise trade is more than triple Hong Kong’s gross domestic product.Yet that’s only half the story. Hong Kong is an important gateway for capital, too. So the bigger fear is the damage done to Hong Kong’s standing as a conduit between China and the rest of the world. Even if its economic relevance to China has faded over time, it’s still an important valve for foreign money flowing into and out of the world’s second-biggest economy.Analysis by Bloomberg Economics forecasts a recession in the second half and warns of a risk of an erosion in the high standards of corporate governance and rule of law that underpin its status as an international financial hub. That would significantly undermine the city’s long-term growth prospects, Bloomberg economist Qian Wan writes.Here’s some data from Bloomberg Economics on why Hong Kong still matters for China and global trade:Some 58% of China’s outbound investment — including for President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative — is channeled through Hong Kong. The city’s nearly $5 trillion stock market could become home to a potential listing for e-commerce giant Alibaba, underscoring Hong Kong’s continued importance as source of IPO fund raising for mainland firms. While bond issuance in Hong Kong is small, it is also a significant source of funds for Chinese companies. The Shanghai-Hong Kong Connect shows the continued importance of Hong Kong as a channel for the managed opening of China’s capital markets.Worldwide, Hong Kong was ranked the seventh-biggest container port by volume last year. In the first half of 2019, its throughput was down 8.1% versus the same period last year.A hit to Hong Kong’s status as a financial and trade hub would reverberate around a region already showing increased signs of damage from the tariffs that the U.S. and China are lobbing at each other. Singapore was the latest to sound the alarm on Tuesday when the government cut its forecast for economic growth this year to almost zero.Charting the Trade WarA jump in U.S. Customs receipts tied to higher American tariffs on Chinese imports is noticeable when isolated from the overall budget picture but it remains a tiny portion of the Treasury’s total revenue. The nation’s budget deficit widened in the first  10 months of the fiscal year to $867 billion, as spending advances at more than double the pace of the money the government is bringing in. Today’s Must ReadsReady to deal | National Security Adviser John Bolton said the U.S. is ready to offer Britain sector-by-sector trade deals to help the country after a no-deal Brexit from the European Union. Cars stalling | Passenger vehicle sales in India dropped the most in nearly two decades, a decline that extended to a ninth straight month amid a slowdown in Asia’s third-largest economy. Fueling a dispute | The EU imposed tariffs on biodiesel from Indonesia to counter alleged subsidies to producers in the Asian country, risking retaliation in a long-running dispute. Lobbying for Huawei | The Chinese telecom giant hired a law firm to lobby on trade as the U.S. pressures allies to blacklist the company at the heart of the trade war with Beijing. Lacking confidence | Investor sentiment in Germany’s economy worsened for a fourth month after disappointing figures raised recession risks, with more bad news expected Wednesday.Economic AnalysisSingapore outlook | Trade battles put the city-state hub for Asian trade on track for a recession. Frontier headwinds | The U.S.-China spat is weighing on the growth products for emerging economies. Coming UpAug. 16: EU trade balanceLike Terms of Trade?Don’t keep it to yourself. Colleagues and friends can sign up here. We also publish Balance of Power, a daily briefing on the latest in global politics.For even more: Subscribe to Bloomberg All Access for full global news coverage and two in-depth daily newsletters, The Bloomberg Open and The Bloomberg Close.How are we doing? We want to hear what you think about this newsletter. Let our trade tsar know.To contact the author of this story: Enda Curran in Hong Kong at ecurran8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Brendan Murray at brmurray@bloomberg.net, Zoe SchneeweissFor 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 Terms of Trade newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Economics on Twitter for more.Already hurting from the U.S.-China trade war, Hong Kong’s economy could be facing something much worse than a recession.With protests continuing to disrupt the territory’s retail and tourism industries — and bringing the airport to a standstill on Monday — analysts say it wouldn’t take much to tip the economy into negative territory. Total merchandise trade is more than triple Hong Kong’s gross domestic product.Yet that’s only half the story. Hong Kong is an important gateway for capital, too. So the bigger fear is the damage done to Hong Kong’s standing as a conduit between China and the rest of the world. Even if its economic relevance to China has faded over time, it’s still an important valve for foreign money flowing into and out of the world’s second-biggest economy.Analysis by Bloomberg Economics forecasts a recession in the second half and warns of a risk of an erosion in the high standards of corporate governance and rule of law that underpin its status as an international financial hub. That would significantly undermine the city’s long-term growth prospects, Bloomberg economist Qian Wan writes.Here’s some data from Bloomberg Economics on why Hong Kong still matters for China and global trade:Some 58% of China’s outbound investment — including for President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative — is channeled through Hong Kong. The city’s nearly $5 trillion stock market could become home to a potential listing for e-commerce giant Alibaba, underscoring Hong Kong’s continued importance as source of IPO fund raising for mainland firms. While bond issuance in Hong Kong is small, it is also a significant source of funds for Chinese companies. The Shanghai-Hong Kong Connect shows the continued importance of Hong Kong as a channel for the managed opening of China’s capital markets.Worldwide, Hong Kong was ranked the seventh-biggest container port by volume last year. In the first half of 2019, its throughput was down 8.1% versus the same period last year.A hit to Hong Kong’s status as a financial and trade hub would reverberate around a region already showing increased signs of damage from the tariffs that the U.S. and China are lobbing at each other. Singapore was the latest to sound the alarm on Tuesday when the government cut its forecast for economic growth this year to almost zero.Charting the Trade WarA jump in U.S. Customs receipts tied to higher American tariffs on Chinese imports is noticeable when isolated from the overall budget picture but it remains a tiny portion of the Treasury’s total revenue. The nation’s budget deficit widened in the first  10 months of the fiscal year to $867 billion, as spending advances at more than double the pace of the money the government is bringing in. Today’s Must ReadsReady to deal | National Security Adviser John Bolton said the U.S. is ready to offer Britain sector-by-sector trade deals to help the country after a no-deal Brexit from the European Union. Cars stalling | Passenger vehicle sales in India dropped the most in nearly two decades, a decline that extended to a ninth straight month amid a slowdown in Asia’s third-largest economy. Fueling a dispute | The EU imposed tariffs on biodiesel from Indonesia to counter alleged subsidies to producers in the Asian country, risking retaliation in a long-running dispute. Lobbying for Huawei | The Chinese telecom giant hired a law firm to lobby on trade as the U.S. pressures allies to blacklist the company at the heart of the trade war with Beijing. Lacking confidence | Investor sentiment in Germany’s economy worsened for a fourth month after disappointing figures raised recession risks, with more bad news expected Wednesday.Economic AnalysisSingapore outlook | Trade battles put the city-state hub for Asian trade on track for a recession. Frontier headwinds | The U.S.-China spat is weighing on the growth products for emerging economies. Coming UpAug. 16: EU trade balanceLike Terms of Trade?Don’t keep it to yourself. Colleagues and friends can sign up here. We also publish Balance of Power, a daily briefing on the latest in global politics.For even more: Subscribe to Bloomberg All Access for full global news coverage and two in-depth daily newsletters, The Bloomberg Open and The Bloomberg Close.How are we doing? We want to hear what you think about this newsletter. Let our trade tsar know.To contact the author of this story: Enda Curran in Hong Kong at ecurran8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Brendan Murray at brmurray@bloomberg.net, Zoe SchneeweissFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 65/76   Xi’s Tough Choice Over Ending Hong Kong Unrest: Balance of Power
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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.China’s signaling it’s prepared to send in security forces to suppress the uprising in Hong Kong. The question now is what President Xi Jinping will do.State-run media have posted videos of the People’s Armed Police assembling across the border in Shenzhen, while Chinese officials describe the protests as a “color revolution” and “terrorism” — a term used to justify the repression of minority Muslims in Xinjiang.The demonstrators too have raised the stakes, with actions to inflict economic pain as they push for leader Carrie Lam’s resignation and other demands to loosen Beijing’s grip on the city.Yet Xi has good reasons to sit tight and hope the unrest runs out of steam.Hong Kong serves as a crucial center for Chinese state-run companies to raise funds and store the wealth of powerful figures on the mainland. Military action could not only wreck its reputation as a reliable commercial hub, it might invite international sanctions that would slow China’s economic growth at a time when Hong Kong’s economy is headed for a recession and a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump looks increasingly unlikely.If Xi wanted, he could quickly do away with Hong Kong’s autonomy and send in troops overnight. But the price of doing so may be much higher than the unrest itself.Global HeadlinesDump everything | Predictions of a market selloff should Argentine President Mauricio Macri stumble in Sunday’s primary became reality, as investors dumped stocks, bonds and the peso yesterday. With the very real prospect of a return to protectionist policies after October’s presidential elections, markets are openly speculating whether South America's second-largest economy might be heading for another default.Russia protests | Vladimir Putin is facing the biggest challenge to his presidency since 2012, after as many as 60,000 people joined a Moscow protest in support of opposition candidates barred from September’s city council elections. Weekly demonstrations that began last month are growing despite police crackdowns and mass detentions. With Putin’s approval rating in decline after years of falling incomes, there’s an “overall sense of injustice,” one analyst said.Cutting off aid | The White House is intensifying efforts to block the distribution of several billion dollars in foreign assistance, imposing daily limits on spending until it can ask Congress to cancel the funds later this month, Nick Wadhams reports. The move is the latest development in Trump's multi-year battle to cut aid, even over the objections of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, one of his most loyal cabinet members. Tightening restrictions | The Trump administration expanded its immigration crackdown with a new rule that could block applicants from receiving green cards if they use government benefits or are likely to. The policy may fall hardest on low-income legal immigrants who perform much of the country’s menial labor on farms and in the service industry. Opponents say it could cause individuals to forgo public assistance they're entitled to for fear of reprisal.Drawing a line | Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens are worried Rodrigo Duterte is “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand to protect the country’s sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea. Robredo, who’s keeping her options open regarding the presidential race in 2022, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Haslinda Amin there’s a fear “we might wake up one day and many of our territories are no longer ours.”What to WatchU.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Washington and London can negotiate a free trade deal sector by sector if a comprehensive agreement takes too long after the U.K. leaves the European Union. After several days of campaigning in Iowa, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are shifting to New Hampshire, where the Democratic presidential primary next February is set to play a crucial in their bids for the party’s nomination. Thailand’s ruling coalition moved closer to losing its razor-thin majority after a party pulled its support less than a month after the cabinet was sworn in. The parliament is now almost equally divided between Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s supporters and the opposition.And finally ... President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to abandon construction of a $13 billion airport for Mexico's capital is proving to be a little short sighted. Mexico City’s airport has recorded a 52% increase in aborted landings in the first five months of the year, while landings thwarted because other planes were still on the runway climbed even faster — by 84%. And now a key component to AMLO’s alternative plan — diverting some commercial air traffic to a nearby military base — is bogged down in Mexican courts. \--With assistance from Kathleen Hunter, Alan Crawford, Anthony Halpin and Robert Hutton.To contact the author of this story: Daniel Ten Kate in Hong Kong at dtenkate@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Karl MaierFor 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.China’s signaling it’s prepared to send in security forces to suppress the uprising in Hong Kong. The question now is what President Xi Jinping will do.State-run media have posted videos of the People’s Armed Police assembling across the border in Shenzhen, while Chinese officials describe the protests as a “color revolution” and “terrorism” — a term used to justify the repression of minority Muslims in Xinjiang.The demonstrators too have raised the stakes, with actions to inflict economic pain as they push for leader Carrie Lam’s resignation and other demands to loosen Beijing’s grip on the city.Yet Xi has good reasons to sit tight and hope the unrest runs out of steam.Hong Kong serves as a crucial center for Chinese state-run companies to raise funds and store the wealth of powerful figures on the mainland. Military action could not only wreck its reputation as a reliable commercial hub, it might invite international sanctions that would slow China’s economic growth at a time when Hong Kong’s economy is headed for a recession and a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump looks increasingly unlikely.If Xi wanted, he could quickly do away with Hong Kong’s autonomy and send in troops overnight. But the price of doing so may be much higher than the unrest itself.Global HeadlinesDump everything | Predictions of a market selloff should Argentine President Mauricio Macri stumble in Sunday’s primary became reality, as investors dumped stocks, bonds and the peso yesterday. With the very real prospect of a return to protectionist policies after October’s presidential elections, markets are openly speculating whether South America's second-largest economy might be heading for another default.Russia protests | Vladimir Putin is facing the biggest challenge to his presidency since 2012, after as many as 60,000 people joined a Moscow protest in support of opposition candidates barred from September’s city council elections. Weekly demonstrations that began last month are growing despite police crackdowns and mass detentions. With Putin’s approval rating in decline after years of falling incomes, there’s an “overall sense of injustice,” one analyst said.Cutting off aid | The White House is intensifying efforts to block the distribution of several billion dollars in foreign assistance, imposing daily limits on spending until it can ask Congress to cancel the funds later this month, Nick Wadhams reports. The move is the latest development in Trump's multi-year battle to cut aid, even over the objections of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, one of his most loyal cabinet members. Tightening restrictions | The Trump administration expanded its immigration crackdown with a new rule that could block applicants from receiving green cards if they use government benefits or are likely to. The policy may fall hardest on low-income legal immigrants who perform much of the country’s menial labor on farms and in the service industry. Opponents say it could cause individuals to forgo public assistance they're entitled to for fear of reprisal.Drawing a line | Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens are worried Rodrigo Duterte is “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand to protect the country’s sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea. Robredo, who’s keeping her options open regarding the presidential race in 2022, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Haslinda Amin there’s a fear “we might wake up one day and many of our territories are no longer ours.”What to WatchU.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Washington and London can negotiate a free trade deal sector by sector if a comprehensive agreement takes too long after the U.K. leaves the European Union. After several days of campaigning in Iowa, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are shifting to New Hampshire, where the Democratic presidential primary next February is set to play a crucial in their bids for the party’s nomination. Thailand’s ruling coalition moved closer to losing its razor-thin majority after a party pulled its support less than a month after the cabinet was sworn in. The parliament is now almost equally divided between Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s supporters and the opposition.And finally ... President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to abandon construction of a $13 billion airport for Mexico's capital is proving to be a little short sighted. Mexico City’s airport has recorded a 52% increase in aborted landings in the first five months of the year, while landings thwarted because other planes were still on the runway climbed even faster — by 84%. And now a key component to AMLO’s alternative plan — diverting some commercial air traffic to a nearby military base — is bogged down in Mexican courts. \--With assistance from Kathleen Hunter, Alan Crawford, Anthony Halpin and Robert Hutton.To contact the author of this story: Daniel Ten Kate in Hong Kong at dtenkate@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Karl MaierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 66/76   Iran claims UK may release captured Grace 1 oil tanker soon, suggesting Britain is close to a U-turn on the ship swap idea it previously rejected
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    Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's port authority, said according to state media that the UK "is interested" in releasing the Grace 1 oil tanker.

    Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran's port authority, said according to state media that the UK "is interested" in releasing the Grace 1 oil tanker.


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  • 67/76   Iran Says It Expects Tanker Held by U.K. to Be Released Soon
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    (Bloomberg) -- Iran expects an oil tanker seized by the U.K. in the Strait of Gibraltar in July will be released soon, the semi-official Fars News agency reported Tuesday, a move that could help to ease concerns about the safety of shipping routes in the Middle East.“Official and unofficial documents have been exchanged to resolve the matter and we hope the problem will be dealt with in the very near future,” Fars cited Jalil Eslami, deputy for maritime affairs at Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, as saying. The future of a U.K.-flagged tanker that Iran seized later in the Persian Gulf depends on “the necessary judicial processes,” Eslami added.Iran’s Grace 1 tanker was seized by the Royal Navy on suspicion it was sending crude oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Tehran denied breaking sanctions and two weeks later impounded the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil.The tanker seizures and other suspected Iranian operations against shipping in the Persian Gulf region have inflamed a crisis between Iran and the West triggered by the Trump administration’s decision to quit the multiparty nuclear deal with Iran a year ago and renew crippling economic sanctions. Iran has responded by abandoning some restrictions on uranium enrichment imposed by the 2015 accord.The frictions on the seas have led the U.S. and U.K. to mount a joint mission to protect commercial shipping lanes in the Middle East. Reports of Israeli involvement in that mission have drawn fire from Tehran, and on Tuesday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp’s naval forces warned against “any illegal presence in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, especially Israel’s.”“We in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are in charge of providing security for the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and there is no need for strangers,” Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said, according to the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency.Last week, Israel’s Ynet website reported that Israel is providing intelligence and other, unspecified assistance to U.S.-led efforts to protect Persian Gulf shipping routes. It cited Foreign Minister Israel Katz’s remarks to parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee.Israel considers Iran to be its most formidable enemy, due to its nuclear work, ballistic missile program and support for anti-Israel militant groups in the Middle East. Iranian officials have also referred multiple times to Israel’s annihilation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied hard against the nuclear deal, and pressed President Donald Trump to abandon it.Israel has been striking Iranian targets in Syria over the past few years in an effort to limit the Islamic Republic’s presence in its immediate neighborhood, and according to recent reports, has expanded those operations to hit Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.(Updates with Iranian naval commander’s comments in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Arsalan Shahla in Tehran at ashahla@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Iran expects an oil tanker seized by the U.K. in the Strait of Gibraltar in July will be released soon, the semi-official Fars News agency reported Tuesday, a move that could help to ease concerns about the safety of shipping routes in the Middle East.“Official and unofficial documents have been exchanged to resolve the matter and we hope the problem will be dealt with in the very near future,” Fars cited Jalil Eslami, deputy for maritime affairs at Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, as saying. The future of a U.K.-flagged tanker that Iran seized later in the Persian Gulf depends on “the necessary judicial processes,” Eslami added.Iran’s Grace 1 tanker was seized by the Royal Navy on suspicion it was sending crude oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Tehran denied breaking sanctions and two weeks later impounded the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil.The tanker seizures and other suspected Iranian operations against shipping in the Persian Gulf region have inflamed a crisis between Iran and the West triggered by the Trump administration’s decision to quit the multiparty nuclear deal with Iran a year ago and renew crippling economic sanctions. Iran has responded by abandoning some restrictions on uranium enrichment imposed by the 2015 accord.The frictions on the seas have led the U.S. and U.K. to mount a joint mission to protect commercial shipping lanes in the Middle East. Reports of Israeli involvement in that mission have drawn fire from Tehran, and on Tuesday, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp’s naval forces warned against “any illegal presence in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, especially Israel’s.”“We in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are in charge of providing security for the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, and there is no need for strangers,” Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said, according to the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency.Last week, Israel’s Ynet website reported that Israel is providing intelligence and other, unspecified assistance to U.S.-led efforts to protect Persian Gulf shipping routes. It cited Foreign Minister Israel Katz’s remarks to parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee.Israel considers Iran to be its most formidable enemy, due to its nuclear work, ballistic missile program and support for anti-Israel militant groups in the Middle East. Iranian officials have also referred multiple times to Israel’s annihilation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied hard against the nuclear deal, and pressed President Donald Trump to abandon it.Israel has been striking Iranian targets in Syria over the past few years in an effort to limit the Islamic Republic’s presence in its immediate neighborhood, and according to recent reports, has expanded those operations to hit Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.(Updates with Iranian naval commander’s comments in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Arsalan Shahla in Tehran at ashahla@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 68/76   Lawmakers' Challenge to No-Deal Brexit Plan Gets Fast Court Date
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    (Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. A Scottish court challenge to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal to suspend Parliament will be heard on Sept. 6 under an accelerated timetable, a judge said Tuesday.A group of more than 70 British lawmakers want the court in Edinburgh to say it wouldn’t be legal to ask the Queen to suspend Parliament. Johnson has refused to rule out the possibility of suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.There will be a procedural discussion on Sept. 4 before the main hearing two days later, the judge said.To contact the reporters on this story: Alastair Reed in Edinburgh at areed12@bloomberg.net;Jonathan Browning in London at jbrowning9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. A Scottish court challenge to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal to suspend Parliament will be heard on Sept. 6 under an accelerated timetable, a judge said Tuesday.A group of more than 70 British lawmakers want the court in Edinburgh to say it wouldn’t be legal to ask the Queen to suspend Parliament. Johnson has refused to rule out the possibility of suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.There will be a procedural discussion on Sept. 4 before the main hearing two days later, the judge said.To contact the reporters on this story: Alastair Reed in Edinburgh at areed12@bloomberg.net;Jonathan Browning in London at jbrowning9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 69/76   Iran says in touch with Britain over seized tanker
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    Iran's port authority said Tuesday it has been in contact with British authorities as part of efforts to secure the release of a tanker seized off Gibraltar.  Gibraltar -- a British overseas territory -- seized the Grace 1 supertanker on July 4 with the help of British Royal Marines on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.  A court in Gibraltar is to decide the fate of the ship on Thursday, when an order for its detention lapses.

    Iran's port authority said Tuesday it has been in contact with British authorities as part of efforts to secure the release of a tanker seized off Gibraltar. Gibraltar -- a British overseas territory -- seized the Grace 1 supertanker on July 4 with the help of British Royal Marines on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. A court in Gibraltar is to decide the fate of the ship on Thursday, when an order for its detention lapses.


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  • 70/76   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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  • 71/76   DNA detectives: New tech can mean a diagnosis for your child, but not a lot of answers
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    Four-year-old Eli Kadkhoda is one of a handful of children with IRF2BPL-related condition, named after the gene to which it is linked. Its patients are all healthy at birth, stumbling and losing speech by kindergarten, wheelchair-dependent soon after.

    Four-year-old Eli Kadkhoda is one of a handful of children with IRF2BPL-related condition, named after the gene to which it is linked. Its patients are all healthy at birth, stumbling and losing speech by kindergarten, wheelchair-dependent soon after.


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  • 72/76   Will Your Health Insurance Cover You Overseas?
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    If you’re traveling abroad this summer, the last thing you probably want to think about is what you’ll do if you get sick or injured. But experts say 15 percent of travelers encounter some kind o...

    If you’re traveling abroad this summer, the last thing you probably want to think about is what you’ll do if you get sick or injured. But experts say 15 percent of travelers encounter some kind o...


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  • 73/76   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 74/76   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. You might...

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


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  • 75/76   How to Get Kids to Wear Sunscreen
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    Being a kid in the summer is often about playing outside, but if you don’t protect your child from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, he or she has a greater chance of developing skin cancer as an adult...

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


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  • 76/76   Get a Good Sunscreen at a Great Price
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    No doubt about it: If you’re using sunscreen properly, you’re going to go through a lot of it over the course of a summer. Let’s do the math. It takes a full ounce to cover your body, and you nee...

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


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