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  • 2/79   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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  • 3/79   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    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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  • 4/79   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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  • 5/79   '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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  • 6/79   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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  • 7/79   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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  • 8/79   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
    SPORTS TOPIC 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.

    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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  • 9/79   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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  • 10/79   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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  • 11/79   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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  • 12/79   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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  • 13/79   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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  • 14/79   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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  • 15/79   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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  • 16/79   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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  • 17/79   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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  • 18/79   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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  • 19/79   Vaping group plotted lobbying efforts at Trump's DC hotel
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    America's vaping industry has taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump's doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials.  In 2017 and 2018, the Vapor Technology Association met at Trump's hotel to strategize how to lobby the administration.  A Republican lawmaker advised it to emphasize jobs created by the industry and how regulation could devastate hundreds of small vaping businesses.

    America's vaping industry has taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump's doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials. In 2017 and 2018, the Vapor Technology Association met at Trump's hotel to strategize how to lobby the administration. A Republican lawmaker advised it to emphasize jobs created by the industry and how regulation could devastate hundreds of small vaping businesses.


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  • 20/79   Another of Brazil president's sons facing civil, criminal probe: prosecutors
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    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son Carlos is under investigation by the Rio de Janeiro state prosecutor's office, it said on Wednesday, making him the second of the far-right leader's sons to be probed by state investigators.  Carlos Bolsonaro, a Rio city councillor who has guided the president's pugnacious social media presence, is facing a civil and criminal investigation for alleged improprieties in his council office, the state prosecutors' office said in a statement.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son Carlos is under investigation by the Rio de Janeiro state prosecutor's office, it said on Wednesday, making him the second of the far-right leader's sons to be probed by state investigators. Carlos Bolsonaro, a Rio city councillor who has guided the president's pugnacious social media presence, is facing a civil and criminal investigation for alleged improprieties in his council office, the state prosecutors' office said in a statement.


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  • 21/79   Trump rules out for now cutting capital-gains taxes
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    U.S. President Donald Trump has ruled out for now slashing taxes on capital gains after a meeting with his advisers, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.  The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Wednesday that Trump was meeting with advisers to discuss the possibility of lowering capital-gains taxes by indexing earnings to inflation.  Trump said last month that such a plan could be under consideration, before apparently reversing course, saying that indexing capital gains taxes to inflation could be perceived as elitist.

    U.S. President Donald Trump has ruled out for now slashing taxes on capital gains after a meeting with his advisers, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Wednesday that Trump was meeting with advisers to discuss the possibility of lowering capital-gains taxes by indexing earnings to inflation. Trump said last month that such a plan could be under consideration, before apparently reversing course, saying that indexing capital gains taxes to inflation could be perceived as elitist.


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  • 22/79   Asian stocks rise on hopes for U.S.-China trade, monetary stimulus
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    Asian stocks rose on Thursday on hopes for a thaw in U.S.-China trade frictions and expectations that the European Central Bank will kick off another wave of monetary easing by global central banks.  Oil prices rose in Asia, rebounding from a tumble on Wednesday, on hopes OPEC members will cut output to support prices.  Investors also await an ECB meeting later on Thursday to see how far policymakers will go to support a flagging economy, given the risks posed by Britain's divorce from the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit.

    Asian stocks rose on Thursday on hopes for a thaw in U.S.-China trade frictions and expectations that the European Central Bank will kick off another wave of monetary easing by global central banks. Oil prices rose in Asia, rebounding from a tumble on Wednesday, on hopes OPEC members will cut output to support prices. Investors also await an ECB meeting later on Thursday to see how far policymakers will go to support a flagging economy, given the risks posed by Britain's divorce from the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit.


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  • 23/79   What Percentage Of V2 Retail Limited (NSE:V2RETAIL) Shares Do Insiders Own?
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    Every investor in V2 Retail Limited (NSE:V2RETAIL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large...

    Every investor in V2 Retail Limited (NSE:V2RETAIL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large...


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  • 24/79   Here's Why I Think Advani Hotels & Resorts (India) (NSE:ADVANIHOTR) Might Deserve Your Attention Today
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    For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to...

    For beginners, it can seem like a good idea (and an exciting prospect) to buy a company that tells a good story to...


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  • 25/79   San Francisco's famed cable cars are set for repairs. That might not be the worst of it for tourists
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    Traveling to San Francisco will lose some of its appeal in September as the city repairs its airport and famed cable cars.

    Traveling to San Francisco will lose some of its appeal in September as the city repairs its airport and famed cable cars.


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  • 26/79   Why Bingo Industries Limited’s (ASX:BIN) Use Of Investor Capital Doesn’t Look Great
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    Today we are going to look at Bingo Industries Limited (ASX:BIN) to see whether it might be an attractive investment...

    Today we are going to look at Bingo Industries Limited (ASX:BIN) to see whether it might be an attractive investment...


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  • 27/79   Time hasn't 'lessened our loss': US marks 18th anniversary of 9/11 terror attack with silence, tolling bells
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    On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Trump and the nation honor the victims at the Pentagon, in New York and Pennsylvania.

    On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Trump and the nation honor the victims at the Pentagon, in New York and Pennsylvania.


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  • 28/79   Why Alicon Castalloy Limited (NSE:ALICON) Looks Like A Quality Company
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    While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like...

    While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like...


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  • 29/79   Imagine Owning Soilbuild Construction Group (SGX:S7P) And Trying To Stomach The 76% Share Price Drop
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    It's nice to see the Soilbuild Construction Group Ltd. (SGX:S7P) share price up 11% in a week. But that can't change...

    It's nice to see the Soilbuild Construction Group Ltd. (SGX:S7P) share price up 11% in a week. But that can't change...


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  • 30/79   Should You Like Salzer Electronics Limited’s (NSE:SALZER) High Return On Capital Employed?
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    Today we'll evaluate Salzer Electronics Limited (NSE:SALZER) to determine whether it could have potential as an...

    Today we'll evaluate Salzer Electronics Limited (NSE:SALZER) to determine whether it could have potential as an...


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  • 31/79   Blackstone raises $20.5 billion for largest ever real estate fund
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    Large buyout firms such as Blackstone have been attracting a lot of capital from investors seeking higher returns not available in public markets.  Blackstone said in a statement the fund, named Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX (BREP IX), has already made its first investment: the purchase of U.S. industrial warehouse properties from Singapore-based logistics provider GLP for $18.7 billion.  Blackstone is the world's largest alternative asset manager and one of the biggest property investors, with $154 billion in real estate assets under management.

    Large buyout firms such as Blackstone have been attracting a lot of capital from investors seeking higher returns not available in public markets. Blackstone said in a statement the fund, named Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX (BREP IX), has already made its first investment: the purchase of U.S. industrial warehouse properties from Singapore-based logistics provider GLP for $18.7 billion. Blackstone is the world's largest alternative asset manager and one of the biggest property investors, with $154 billion in real estate assets under management.


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  • 32/79   The Power of Oct. 1 Has China's Stock Investors Banking on Gains
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.Investors in China’s financial markets are betting the next two weeks will be a breeze.That’s down to expectations the government won’t allow anything to overshadow its National Day on Oct. 1, when China is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic. History is on their side: in the month running up to the big anniversaries since 2004, the Shanghai Composite Index has added more than 4%. The yuan was stable in those periods.Beijing, which tends to lend support to markets around significant dates or events, has already been showering traders with gifts in recent weeks. Policy makers have lifted barriers on foreign investment, cut banks’ required reserve ratio and set the yuan’s daily rate at a stronger-than-expected level for 16 days. The moves have helped stabilize the currency and make Chinese shares the world’s top performers.“Authorities will definitely try to maintain order, and the bottom line is we’re unlikely to see any big declines,” said Hao Hong, chief strategist at Bocom International Holdings Co.President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was postponing the imposition of additional tariffs on Chinese goods by 14 days as a goodwill gesture for the anniversary. The offshore yuan rose 0.3% to the strongest in nearly three weeks.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said in a note earlier this month that China’s national team, as state-backed funds are called, may have been “proactive” in the stock market since August. That would explain why a measure of volatility on the Shanghai Composite has fallen to the lowest since February last year.The Shanghai Composite is up more than 8% over the past month. China’s markets will be closed Friday for a separate holiday.“This year’s anniversary seems to carry particularly strong political importance to Chinese policy makers,” strategists including Kinger Lau wrote, citing Beijing’s desire to show it can meet its long-term goals despite the challenges it faces.Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China have taken a toll on the country’s economy, with recent data showing exports fell 1% in dollar terms from a year earlier last month. The trade dispute is the main reason the Shanghai measure tumbled as much as 15% this summer and the yuan weakened past the 7 per dollar level for the first time in more than a decade.Still, policy tweaks from the government and expectations the national team will ride to the rescue if necessary have helped the benchmark equity gauge close above the key 3,000 level for the first time since July.“I’ve raised my stock position to over 90% and expect to maintain the high level until at least mid-October,” said Bruce Yu, a fund manager with Franklin Templeton SinoAm Securities Investment Management Inc. “It’s an important anniversary this year and China is facing challenges both internally and globally, so the market is expected to do well.”To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Amanda Wang in Shanghai at twang234@bloomberg.net;Cindy Wang in Taipei at hwang61@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sofia Horta e Costa at shortaecosta@bloomberg.net, Philip GlamannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.Investors in China’s financial markets are betting the next two weeks will be a breeze.That’s down to expectations the government won’t allow anything to overshadow its National Day on Oct. 1, when China is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic. History is on their side: in the month running up to the big anniversaries since 2004, the Shanghai Composite Index has added more than 4%. The yuan was stable in those periods.Beijing, which tends to lend support to markets around significant dates or events, has already been showering traders with gifts in recent weeks. Policy makers have lifted barriers on foreign investment, cut banks’ required reserve ratio and set the yuan’s daily rate at a stronger-than-expected level for 16 days. The moves have helped stabilize the currency and make Chinese shares the world’s top performers.“Authorities will definitely try to maintain order, and the bottom line is we’re unlikely to see any big declines,” said Hao Hong, chief strategist at Bocom International Holdings Co.President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was postponing the imposition of additional tariffs on Chinese goods by 14 days as a goodwill gesture for the anniversary. The offshore yuan rose 0.3% to the strongest in nearly three weeks.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said in a note earlier this month that China’s national team, as state-backed funds are called, may have been “proactive” in the stock market since August. That would explain why a measure of volatility on the Shanghai Composite has fallen to the lowest since February last year.The Shanghai Composite is up more than 8% over the past month. China’s markets will be closed Friday for a separate holiday.“This year’s anniversary seems to carry particularly strong political importance to Chinese policy makers,” strategists including Kinger Lau wrote, citing Beijing’s desire to show it can meet its long-term goals despite the challenges it faces.Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China have taken a toll on the country’s economy, with recent data showing exports fell 1% in dollar terms from a year earlier last month. The trade dispute is the main reason the Shanghai measure tumbled as much as 15% this summer and the yuan weakened past the 7 per dollar level for the first time in more than a decade.Still, policy tweaks from the government and expectations the national team will ride to the rescue if necessary have helped the benchmark equity gauge close above the key 3,000 level for the first time since July.“I’ve raised my stock position to over 90% and expect to maintain the high level until at least mid-October,” said Bruce Yu, a fund manager with Franklin Templeton SinoAm Securities Investment Management Inc. “It’s an important anniversary this year and China is facing challenges both internally and globally, so the market is expected to do well.”To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Amanda Wang in Shanghai at twang234@bloomberg.net;Cindy Wang in Taipei at hwang61@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sofia Horta e Costa at shortaecosta@bloomberg.net, Philip GlamannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 33/79   Some Mohini Health & Hygiene (NSE:MHHL) Shareholders Have Copped A Big 60% Share Price Drop
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    Even the best stock pickers will make plenty of bad investments. And there's no doubt that Mohini Health & Hygiene...

    Even the best stock pickers will make plenty of bad investments. And there's no doubt that Mohini Health & Hygiene...


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  • 34/79   Trump Delays China Tariff Increase as Trade Talks Approach
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    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks, a move that delays the next escalation of the trade war and brightens the backdrop for upcoming trade negotiations.“At the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary on October 1st, we have agreed, as a gesture of good will, to move the increased Tariffs on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods (25% to 30%), from October 1st to October 15th,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday U.S. time.S&P 500 futures climbed 0.5% and the offshore yuan strengthened 0.3% against the dollar. The yen fell.Negotiators from the two countries are due to meet in Washington in the coming weeks to push forward talks to end the trade war that’s stretching into its second year, causing increasing economic damage. At the same time there’s little sign that substantive progress is being made on their differences, while Trump still has further tariff increases lined up.On Wednesday, China announced a range of U.S. goods to be exempted from 25% extra tariffs put in place last year, as the government seeks to ease the impact from the trade war. While that move may create some good will in Washington, China is keeping the pressure on U.S. agricultural exports like soybeans produced in key Trump-supporting states.Trump escalated the U.S.-China trade war in August when he announced an increase in the levy, already in effect, on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 30% from 25% starting Oct. 1. Further increases are planned for December.The delay “shows Trump doesn’t want to increase tariffs before the trade talks in early October and it creates good conditions,” said Tommy Xie, economist at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. in Singapore. “It adds to the hope that there’ll be good news from the October meeting, and markets will wait and see.”(Adds economist quote in last paragraph.)\--With assistance from Adam Haigh.To contact the reporters on this story: John Harney in Washington at jharney2@bloomberg.net;Yinan Zhao in Beijing at yzhao300@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Jeffrey Black, Chris BourkeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks, a move that delays the next escalation of the trade war and brightens the backdrop for upcoming trade negotiations.“At the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary on October 1st, we have agreed, as a gesture of good will, to move the increased Tariffs on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods (25% to 30%), from October 1st to October 15th,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday U.S. time.S&P 500 futures climbed 0.5% and the offshore yuan strengthened 0.3% against the dollar. The yen fell.Negotiators from the two countries are due to meet in Washington in the coming weeks to push forward talks to end the trade war that’s stretching into its second year, causing increasing economic damage. At the same time there’s little sign that substantive progress is being made on their differences, while Trump still has further tariff increases lined up.On Wednesday, China announced a range of U.S. goods to be exempted from 25% extra tariffs put in place last year, as the government seeks to ease the impact from the trade war. While that move may create some good will in Washington, China is keeping the pressure on U.S. agricultural exports like soybeans produced in key Trump-supporting states.Trump escalated the U.S.-China trade war in August when he announced an increase in the levy, already in effect, on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 30% from 25% starting Oct. 1. Further increases are planned for December.The delay “shows Trump doesn’t want to increase tariffs before the trade talks in early October and it creates good conditions,” said Tommy Xie, economist at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. in Singapore. “It adds to the hope that there’ll be good news from the October meeting, and markets will wait and see.”(Adds economist quote in last paragraph.)\--With assistance from Adam Haigh.To contact the reporters on this story: John Harney in Washington at jharney2@bloomberg.net;Yinan Zhao in Beijing at yzhao300@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Jeffrey Black, Chris BourkeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 35/79   Stocks Gain With Yuan as Trump Delays Tariff Hike: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity futures rose along with Asian stocks and the yuan after President Donald Trump said he will delay the next tariff increase on China by about two weeks. The yen and Treasuries declined.Shares rose in Tokyo and Sydney on the boost to sentiment as investors awaited a potentially pivotal European Central Bank policy meeting. Earlier, the S&P 500 climbed to the highest since July as tech and healthcare shares gained, with the recent trend of rotation to value from momentum stocks easing. Oil pared overnight losses stemming from signs there could be a thaw in U.S-Iran relations following John Bolton’s departure.President Donald Trump said he was moving back a 5% increase in tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks. China earlier on Wednesday announced a range of U.S. goods to be exempted from 25% extra tariffs put in place last year, as the government seeks to ease the impact from the trade war.“The quantum and nature of the changes mean they are more symbolic than substantial, but were still well received by investors,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Plc in Sydney.Meantime, focus will turn on Thursday to the European Central Bank’s policy meeting, where it is widely expected to lower interest rates and potentially offer more stimulus. With the Fed meeting next week, strong monetary easing is not a given, with some dialing back their expectations of accommodation and bond traders pulling back from the more bullish sentiment of August. President Donald Trump earlier urged the Fed to cut interest rates to “zero, or less,” in a tweet.Here are some key events coming up this week:The ECB policy meeting Thursday is widely expected to see a cut to interest rates and a review of all options, including QE. Policy makers will also publish forecasts for growth and inflation. ECB President Mario Draghi will hold a press conference.U.S. data for August is due on producer prices Wednesday, and CPI Thursday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index rose 0.5% as of 9:17 a.m. in Tokyo.Futures on the S&P 500 Index gained 0.5%. The underlying gauge rose 0.7% Wednesday.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.7%.CurrenciesThe yen fell 0.1% to 108.02 per dollar.The offshore yuan rose 0.3% to 7.0908 per dollar.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro bought $1.1011.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries added two basis points to 1.76%.Australia’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to 1.16%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude added 0.7% to $56.12 a barrel.Gold fell 0.3% to $1,492.98 an ounce.(A previous version corrected a bullet in prices section on South Korean stocks, which are closed for holiday Thursday.)To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity futures rose along with Asian stocks and the yuan after President Donald Trump said he will delay the next tariff increase on China by about two weeks. The yen and Treasuries declined.Shares rose in Tokyo and Sydney on the boost to sentiment as investors awaited a potentially pivotal European Central Bank policy meeting. Earlier, the S&P 500 climbed to the highest since July as tech and healthcare shares gained, with the recent trend of rotation to value from momentum stocks easing. Oil pared overnight losses stemming from signs there could be a thaw in U.S-Iran relations following John Bolton’s departure.President Donald Trump said he was moving back a 5% increase in tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks. China earlier on Wednesday announced a range of U.S. goods to be exempted from 25% extra tariffs put in place last year, as the government seeks to ease the impact from the trade war.“The quantum and nature of the changes mean they are more symbolic than substantial, but were still well received by investors,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Plc in Sydney.Meantime, focus will turn on Thursday to the European Central Bank’s policy meeting, where it is widely expected to lower interest rates and potentially offer more stimulus. With the Fed meeting next week, strong monetary easing is not a given, with some dialing back their expectations of accommodation and bond traders pulling back from the more bullish sentiment of August. President Donald Trump earlier urged the Fed to cut interest rates to “zero, or less,” in a tweet.Here are some key events coming up this week:The ECB policy meeting Thursday is widely expected to see a cut to interest rates and a review of all options, including QE. Policy makers will also publish forecasts for growth and inflation. ECB President Mario Draghi will hold a press conference.U.S. data for August is due on producer prices Wednesday, and CPI Thursday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index rose 0.5% as of 9:17 a.m. in Tokyo.Futures on the S&P 500 Index gained 0.5%. The underlying gauge rose 0.7% Wednesday.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.7%.CurrenciesThe yen fell 0.1% to 108.02 per dollar.The offshore yuan rose 0.3% to 7.0908 per dollar.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The euro bought $1.1011.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries added two basis points to 1.76%.Australia’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to 1.16%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude added 0.7% to $56.12 a barrel.Gold fell 0.3% to $1,492.98 an ounce.(A previous version corrected a bullet in prices section on South Korean stocks, which are closed for holiday Thursday.)To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 36/79   Is Mold-Tek Technologies (NSE:MOLDTEK) A Risky Investment?
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    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it might be obvious that you need to...

    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it might be obvious that you need to...


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  • 37/79   Vape death leads Oregon to ask pot shops to review products
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    Authorities in charge of Oregon's legal marijuana market said Wednesday that they will ask store owners to voluntarily review pot products on their shelves and pull any they feel might be unsafe as concern mounts about severe lung illnesses and deaths tied to vaping across the U.S.  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which also regulates pot, will ask stores to put up signs warning about the potential dangers of vaping, executive director Steve Marks told The Associated Press.  Nationwide, hundreds of serious breathing illnesses and six deaths have been tied to e-cigarettes, including one death in Oregon.

    Authorities in charge of Oregon's legal marijuana market said Wednesday that they will ask store owners to voluntarily review pot products on their shelves and pull any they feel might be unsafe as concern mounts about severe lung illnesses and deaths tied to vaping across the U.S. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which also regulates pot, will ask stores to put up signs warning about the potential dangers of vaping, executive director Steve Marks told The Associated Press. Nationwide, hundreds of serious breathing illnesses and six deaths have been tied to e-cigarettes, including one death in Oregon.


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  • 38/79   Have Insiders Been Buying Surya Roshni Limited (NSE:SURYAROSNI) Shares?
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    We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is...

    We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is...


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  • 39/79   US stocks notch solid gains as China eases trade tensions
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    Stocks notched broad gains on Wall Street Wednesday as investors drew encouragement from China's move to exempt some U.S. products from a recent round of tariffs.  The benchmark S&P 500 index, which had been essentially flat since Friday, is on track for its third straight weekly gain.  Wednesday's push into technology companies marked a reversal from the first couple of days of the week, when traders bid up energy, financials and other sectors that had sold off in recent weeks.

    Stocks notched broad gains on Wall Street Wednesday as investors drew encouragement from China's move to exempt some U.S. products from a recent round of tariffs. The benchmark S&P 500 index, which had been essentially flat since Friday, is on track for its third straight weekly gain. Wednesday's push into technology companies marked a reversal from the first couple of days of the week, when traders bid up energy, financials and other sectors that had sold off in recent weeks.


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  • 40/79   Swimsuit controversy: Alaskan swimmer who was disqualified for 'curvier' figure gets win reinstated
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    The high school swimmer who was disqualified over a controversial "uniform violation" has had her victory reinstated.

    The high school swimmer who was disqualified over a controversial "uniform violation" has had her victory reinstated.


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  • 41/79   US jets smashed an island ISIS was using 'like a hotel' and troops found rockets and bombs stashed in caves
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    At least 25 ISIS fighters are dead after a successful US air strike that dropped 80,000 pounds of ordnance, an Iraqi CTS spokesperson told Insider.

    At least 25 ISIS fighters are dead after a successful US air strike that dropped 80,000 pounds of ordnance, an Iraqi CTS spokesperson told Insider.


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  • 42/79   AOC: 'I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment'
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    With Congress returning to work after the August recess, some House Democrats are renewing their call to begin impeachment proceedings — even if just to get Republicans on the record voting in support of President Trump.

    With Congress returning to work after the August recess, some House Democrats are renewing their call to begin impeachment proceedings — even if just to get Republicans on the record voting in support of President Trump.


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  • 43/79   Is Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Really That Impressive?
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    Let's find out.


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  • 44/79   Satellite images show US-pursued Iran tanker still off Syria
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    New satellite photos obtained Tuesday show an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. remains off the coast of Syria.  The images from Planet Labs obtained by The Associated Press have the Adrian Darya-1 still near the port city of Tartus.  The Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $130 million.

    New satellite photos obtained Tuesday show an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. remains off the coast of Syria. The images from Planet Labs obtained by The Associated Press have the Adrian Darya-1 still near the port city of Tartus. The Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some $130 million.


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  • 45/79   Gorsuch welcomed to Supreme Court with a personal, history-filled gift from Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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    "'You may recognize some of this. I hope I've improved it a little bit since you've last seen it,'" Gorsuch said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in a note attached to a gift that was decades in the making.

    "'You may recognize some of this. I hope I've improved it a little bit since you've last seen it,'" Gorsuch said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in a note attached to a gift that was decades in the making.


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  • 46/79   Pope says he's 'not afraid of a split' in Catholic church as he accuses critics of stabbing him in the back
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    Pope Francis said he does not fear a schism within the Roman Catholic Church, as criticism grows among conservatives of his liberal views on migrants, the protection of the environment and giving communion to divorcees. Speaking on board the papal plane on his return from a trip to Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique, the Pope said he had been unfairly labelled “a Communist” by his critics, with the most vocal being conservative Catholics in the United States. In his strongest remarks yet on the risk of a schism, he said there had been many doctrinal splits during the 2,000-year history of the Church, although he prayed there would not be another. “I am not afraid of schisms. I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health,” he told journalists on board the plane. The Pope’s impassioned defence of migrants and refugees, his opposition to Donald Trump’s wall on the US-Mexico border, his sympathy towards homosexuals and his openness to remarried divorcees being allowed to take communion have earned him the ire of conservatives, particularly in the US. Pope Francis answered questions from journalists while travelling back from a trip to Africa Credit: ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/ AFP He said he was open to discussing differences of opinion with his critics, some of whom have accused him of heresy and have called for his resignation. “Let there be dialogue, let there be correction if there is an error, but the schismatic path is not Christian,” he said. His critics were putting ideology over Catholic doctrine and deserved sympathy, not hostility. “We need to be gentle with those who are tempted by these attacks, they are going through a tough time, we must accompany them gently,” he said. The Catholic Church last suffered a schism in 1988, when Marcel Lefebvre, an ultra-traditionalist French archbishop, ordained bishops without papal permission and started his own movement.  Francis insisted that many of his views were similar to those of Pope John Paul II, who is regarded as an icon by conservatives, in part for his role in standing up to the USSR and bringing about the fall of Communism. “The social things that I say are the same things that John Paul II said, the same things. I copy him. But they say: ‘the Pope is a communist.’” Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, at the Vatican on Sept. 11 Credit: AP He said he was happy for critics to address him openly, but condemned those who launched attacks in an underhand way. "At least those who say something have the advantage of honesty in saying so. And I like that," he said. "I don't like criticism when it's under the table, when they smile at you and then then they try to stab you in the back.” Echoing remarks that he has made throughout his papacy, he condemned populism and xenophobia, likening populist politicians to Adolf Hitler. “Sometimes, in some places, I hear speeches being given that sound similar to those made by Hitler in 1934. It’s as if they want to return to the past in Europe.” Xenophobia is “a human disease, like measles,” he said. Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's square  Credit: AFP In an apparent reference to President Trump’s plans for a wall along the US border with Mexico, and European countries’ efforts to keep out refugees and migrants with razor wire fences, he said: “Xenophobia is a disease that enters a country, enters a continent, and we build walls. But walls leave only those who built them. Yes, they leave out many people, but those who remain inside the walls will be left alone. Xenophobia rides the waves of political populism.” Francis criticised Mr Trump’s proposals for a border wall three years ago, saying that anyone who wants to build walls rather than bridges is “not Christian”. The remark incensed the then Republican candidate, who said it was “disgraceful” that the pontiff should question his faith.  To the discomfort of some conservative Catholics, Francis has repeatedly warned that the excesses of capitalism are leaving millions of people behind, fueling social tensions and harming the planet.

    Pope Francis said he does not fear a schism within the Roman Catholic Church, as criticism grows among conservatives of his liberal views on migrants, the protection of the environment and giving communion to divorcees. Speaking on board the papal plane on his return from a trip to Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique, the Pope said he had been unfairly labelled “a Communist” by his critics, with the most vocal being conservative Catholics in the United States. In his strongest remarks yet on the risk of a schism, he said there had been many doctrinal splits during the 2,000-year history of the Church, although he prayed there would not be another. “I am not afraid of schisms. I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health,” he told journalists on board the plane. The Pope’s impassioned defence of migrants and refugees, his opposition to Donald Trump’s wall on the US-Mexico border, his sympathy towards homosexuals and his openness to remarried divorcees being allowed to take communion have earned him the ire of conservatives, particularly in the US. Pope Francis answered questions from journalists while travelling back from a trip to Africa Credit: ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/ AFP He said he was open to discussing differences of opinion with his critics, some of whom have accused him of heresy and have called for his resignation. “Let there be dialogue, let there be correction if there is an error, but the schismatic path is not Christian,” he said. His critics were putting ideology over Catholic doctrine and deserved sympathy, not hostility. “We need to be gentle with those who are tempted by these attacks, they are going through a tough time, we must accompany them gently,” he said. The Catholic Church last suffered a schism in 1988, when Marcel Lefebvre, an ultra-traditionalist French archbishop, ordained bishops without papal permission and started his own movement.  Francis insisted that many of his views were similar to those of Pope John Paul II, who is regarded as an icon by conservatives, in part for his role in standing up to the USSR and bringing about the fall of Communism. “The social things that I say are the same things that John Paul II said, the same things. I copy him. But they say: ‘the Pope is a communist.’” Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, at the Vatican on Sept. 11 Credit: AP He said he was happy for critics to address him openly, but condemned those who launched attacks in an underhand way. "At least those who say something have the advantage of honesty in saying so. And I like that," he said. "I don't like criticism when it's under the table, when they smile at you and then then they try to stab you in the back.” Echoing remarks that he has made throughout his papacy, he condemned populism and xenophobia, likening populist politicians to Adolf Hitler. “Sometimes, in some places, I hear speeches being given that sound similar to those made by Hitler in 1934. It’s as if they want to return to the past in Europe.” Xenophobia is “a human disease, like measles,” he said. Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's square  Credit: AFP In an apparent reference to President Trump’s plans for a wall along the US border with Mexico, and European countries’ efforts to keep out refugees and migrants with razor wire fences, he said: “Xenophobia is a disease that enters a country, enters a continent, and we build walls. But walls leave only those who built them. Yes, they leave out many people, but those who remain inside the walls will be left alone. Xenophobia rides the waves of political populism.” Francis criticised Mr Trump’s proposals for a border wall three years ago, saying that anyone who wants to build walls rather than bridges is “not Christian”. The remark incensed the then Republican candidate, who said it was “disgraceful” that the pontiff should question his faith.  To the discomfort of some conservative Catholics, Francis has repeatedly warned that the excesses of capitalism are leaving millions of people behind, fueling social tensions and harming the planet.


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  • 47/79   Former Taliban hostage admits striking wife but says she asked to be hit
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    Joshua Boyle, charged with sexual assault, tells court estranged wife Caitlan Coleman was unfit to parent their four childrenJoshua Boyle outside court in Ottawa in March. Boyle has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Photograph: Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Canadian man who spent five years held hostage in Afghanistan with his American wife has admitted striking her with a broom, but told a court in Ottawa that she asked to be hit, as his trial for sexual assault nears its conclusion.Under cross-examination by prosecutors on Tuesday, Joshua Boyle claimed he struck his estranged wife, Caitlan Coleman, several times in December 2017. But he had acted not out of anger, but because she frequently asked to be spanked.Boyle and Coleman, who married in 2011, were kidnapped by Afghan militants during a backpacking trip in 2012 and were transferred to the custody of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.Boyle has pleaded not guilty to assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement betweenOctober and December 2017, after the couple returned to Ottawa.Since taking the stand last week, Boyle, 36 has worked to counter the prosecution’s depiction that he was a manipulative and abusive husband.He is also accused of administering a noxious substance.On Tuesday, he disputed accusations that he drugged Coleman with the anti-depressant trazadone, instead testifying he had offered her the drug because she was prone to “fits”.Hygiene routines – in disarray after five years in captivity – were a point of friction between him and Coleman, he said.He told the court that on 5 November – about a month after they were rescued by Pakistan security forces – Coleman flew into a rage when he suggested that she took a shower before meeting his parents.“I don’t remember if I invoked the fact both my mother and father had complained about Caitlan’s hygiene,” said Boyle. “Meeting in public was often embarrassing for them.”Earlier in the week, Boyle accused Coleman of “incompetence” as a mother, saying that while in captivity, Coleman would “shut down”, neglecting to feed their newborn or change diapers, prompting him to ask guards for food for the child.Even after the family was rescued in 2017 and brought to Canada, Boyle claimed Coleman would strike and violently shake their oldest child in their family’s Ottawa apartment.In previous testimony from March and April, Coleman claimed Boyle was mercurial and violent, choking, punching and biting her. In addition to cataloguing numerous instances of sexual assault, she also alleged Boyle threatened to kill her – in front of their children.But during-cross examination, Boyle dismissed the accusation that he was manipulative in their relationship, suggesting Coleman’s behaviour and accusations could be attributed to mental illness. He also claimed that his demands that Coleman maintain a certain weight and dress in a specific manner were merely “suggestions” that she could have freely disregarded.The trial, which began in March, has been marred by numerous procedural delays over what material – including Coleman’s past sexual history – is admissible in court.The proceedings also came to a standstill in July after Coleman gave several interviews to media outlets about her time in captivity, despite an order from the judge not to discuss the case.The defence will question Boyle on Wednesday, with closing arguments scheduled for the end of September.

    Joshua Boyle, charged with sexual assault, tells court estranged wife Caitlan Coleman was unfit to parent their four childrenJoshua Boyle outside court in Ottawa in March. Boyle has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Photograph: Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Canadian man who spent five years held hostage in Afghanistan with his American wife has admitted striking her with a broom, but told a court in Ottawa that she asked to be hit, as his trial for sexual assault nears its conclusion.Under cross-examination by prosecutors on Tuesday, Joshua Boyle claimed he struck his estranged wife, Caitlan Coleman, several times in December 2017. But he had acted not out of anger, but because she frequently asked to be spanked.Boyle and Coleman, who married in 2011, were kidnapped by Afghan militants during a backpacking trip in 2012 and were transferred to the custody of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.Boyle has pleaded not guilty to assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement betweenOctober and December 2017, after the couple returned to Ottawa.Since taking the stand last week, Boyle, 36 has worked to counter the prosecution’s depiction that he was a manipulative and abusive husband.He is also accused of administering a noxious substance.On Tuesday, he disputed accusations that he drugged Coleman with the anti-depressant trazadone, instead testifying he had offered her the drug because she was prone to “fits”.Hygiene routines – in disarray after five years in captivity – were a point of friction between him and Coleman, he said.He told the court that on 5 November – about a month after they were rescued by Pakistan security forces – Coleman flew into a rage when he suggested that she took a shower before meeting his parents.“I don’t remember if I invoked the fact both my mother and father had complained about Caitlan’s hygiene,” said Boyle. “Meeting in public was often embarrassing for them.”Earlier in the week, Boyle accused Coleman of “incompetence” as a mother, saying that while in captivity, Coleman would “shut down”, neglecting to feed their newborn or change diapers, prompting him to ask guards for food for the child.Even after the family was rescued in 2017 and brought to Canada, Boyle claimed Coleman would strike and violently shake their oldest child in their family’s Ottawa apartment.In previous testimony from March and April, Coleman claimed Boyle was mercurial and violent, choking, punching and biting her. In addition to cataloguing numerous instances of sexual assault, she also alleged Boyle threatened to kill her – in front of their children.But during-cross examination, Boyle dismissed the accusation that he was manipulative in their relationship, suggesting Coleman’s behaviour and accusations could be attributed to mental illness. He also claimed that his demands that Coleman maintain a certain weight and dress in a specific manner were merely “suggestions” that she could have freely disregarded.The trial, which began in March, has been marred by numerous procedural delays over what material – including Coleman’s past sexual history – is admissible in court.The proceedings also came to a standstill in July after Coleman gave several interviews to media outlets about her time in captivity, despite an order from the judge not to discuss the case.The defence will question Boyle on Wednesday, with closing arguments scheduled for the end of September.


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  • 48/79   US sees Russia behind murder of Georgian in Germany: report
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    The United States sees Moscow behind the murder in Germany last month of a Georgian man who had fought against Russian forces in Chechnya, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.  'The United States believes that Russia is responsible for this assassination,' one of several unnamed US officials told the newspaper, without saying which Russian group or agency undertook the killing.  German police arrested a 49-year-old suspect from Russia's Chechnya republic, where Moscow waged two bloody wars that lasted until 2009.

    The United States sees Moscow behind the murder in Germany last month of a Georgian man who had fought against Russian forces in Chechnya, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. 'The United States believes that Russia is responsible for this assassination,' one of several unnamed US officials told the newspaper, without saying which Russian group or agency undertook the killing. German police arrested a 49-year-old suspect from Russia's Chechnya republic, where Moscow waged two bloody wars that lasted until 2009.


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  • 49/79   Kristin Cavallari called out for 'super insensitive' 9/11 post, fires social media staffer
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    'Very Cavallari' star Kristin Cavallari is parting ways with her social media manager after a debacle on September 11.

    'Very Cavallari' star Kristin Cavallari is parting ways with her social media manager after a debacle on September 11.


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  • 50/79   Water discovered for first time in atmosphere of habitable exoplanet
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    Water has been discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it, scientists revealed Wednesday.  Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, K2-18b orbits in its star's 'habitable zone' at a distance -- neither too far nor too close -- where water can exist in liquid form, they reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.  'This planet is the best candidate we have outside our solar system' in the search for signs of life, co-author Giovanna Tinetti, an astronomer at University College London, told AFP.

    Water has been discovered for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it, scientists revealed Wednesday. Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, K2-18b orbits in its star's 'habitable zone' at a distance -- neither too far nor too close -- where water can exist in liquid form, they reported in the journal Nature Astronomy. 'This planet is the best candidate we have outside our solar system' in the search for signs of life, co-author Giovanna Tinetti, an astronomer at University College London, told AFP.


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  • 51/79   How Generation Z Is Embracing Bold Action in the Face of Climate Crisis
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    Of all the dire forecasts she’s heard about the climate crisis, there is one that Arielle Martinez Cohen can’t get out of her mind. The report, from an Australian think tank, projected that if nothing is done, civilization could collapse by 2050. “I will be 49 in that year,” says the 17-year-old activist. “It makes […]

    Of all the dire forecasts she’s heard about the climate crisis, there is one that Arielle Martinez Cohen can’t get out of her mind. The report, from an Australian think tank, projected that if nothing is done, civilization could collapse by 2050. “I will be 49 in that year,” says the 17-year-old activist. “It makes […]


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  • 52/79   Richard Branson's Plans for Space Tourism Sure Are Aggressive
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    Move aside, Musk. Within four years, the Virgin honcho wants to send people to space every 32 hours.

    Move aside, Musk. Within four years, the Virgin honcho wants to send people to space every 32 hours.


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  • 53/79   A second mysterious object from interstellar space may be about to fly through our solar system
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    If the comet-like object has interstellar origins, "it's the next-best thing to sending a probe to a different solar system," one astronomer said.

    If the comet-like object has interstellar origins, "it's the next-best thing to sending a probe to a different solar system," one astronomer said.


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  • 54/79   For the first time, a timeline reveals what happened in the minutes and hours after the asteroid crash that killed the dinosaurs
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    The dinosaurs' extinction was spurred by an asteroid that struck Earth. By studying the crater, scientists now know what happened after the impact.

    The dinosaurs' extinction was spurred by an asteroid that struck Earth. By studying the crater, scientists now know what happened after the impact.


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  • 55/79   More than 40,000 years ago, giant kangaroos roamed Australia. Their jaws were surprisingly similar to those of pandas, a new study found.
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    Extinct Australian kangaroos weighed more than 250 pounds and had powerful jaws to crunch through tough vegetation, much like today's giant pandas.

    Extinct Australian kangaroos weighed more than 250 pounds and had powerful jaws to crunch through tough vegetation, much like today's giant pandas.


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  • 56/79   After leading Mars rover missions, Steve Squyres joins Blue Origin as chief scientist
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    Just months after closing out the 15-year-long Opportunity rover mission on Mars, Cornell University astronomer Steve Squyres is taking advantage of a new opportunity: the post of chief scientist at Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture. Today Blue Origin confirmed that Squyres, 63, will be joining the company, which is headquartered in Kent, Wash. Squyres has been involved in NASA space missions including Voyager's trip past the solar system's giant planets and Magellan's voyage to Venus. But his main claim to fame is his stint as principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers. The twin rovers, Spirit and… Read More

    Just months after closing out the 15-year-long Opportunity rover mission on Mars, Cornell University astronomer Steve Squyres is taking advantage of a new opportunity: the post of chief scientist at Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture. Today Blue Origin confirmed that Squyres, 63, will be joining the company, which is headquartered in Kent, Wash. Squyres has been involved in NASA space missions including Voyager's trip past the solar system's giant planets and Magellan's voyage to Venus. But his main claim to fame is his stint as principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers. The twin rovers, Spirit and… Read More


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  • 57/79   A Swedish scientist suggested the climate crisis could lead people to consider eating human flesh. It's not the first time a scientist has suggested the idea.
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    As our food supply faces more stress, behavioral scientist Magnus Söderlund said, humans might consider eating corpses.

    As our food supply faces more stress, behavioral scientist Magnus Söderlund said, humans might consider eating corpses.


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  • 58/79   The most common cancer for men is still a mystery to science — but 9/11 first responders are giving researchers fresh clues
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    Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest that men in the US get. A new study of 9/11 first responders with prostate cancers shows how it may evolve.

    Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest that men in the US get. A new study of 9/11 first responders with prostate cancers shows how it may evolve.


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  • 59/79   This 9/11 first responder had his family’s DNA tattooed into his skin so that he's never alone while undergoing chemotherapy
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    Former NYPD officer Johnny Walker is dealing with stage 4 colon cancer after responding to the call on September 11, 2001.

    Former NYPD officer Johnny Walker is dealing with stage 4 colon cancer after responding to the call on September 11, 2001.


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  • 60/79   Trump Flirts With $15 Billion Bailout for Iran, Sources Say
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    NICHOLAS KAMMPresident Donald Trump has left the impression with foreign officials, members of his administration, and others involved in Iranian negotiations that he is actively considering a French plan to extend a $15 billion credit line to the Iranians if Tehran comes back into compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal.Trump has in recent weeks shown openness to entertaining President Emmanuel Macron’s plan, according to four sources with knowledge of Trump’s conversations with the French leader. Two of those sources said that State Department officials, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, are also open to weighing the French proposal, which would effectively ease the economic sanctions regime that the Trump administration has applied on Tehran for more than a year.The deal put forth by France would compensate Iran for oil sales disrupted by American sanctions. A large portion of Iran’s economy relies on cash from oil sales. Most of that money is frozen in bank accounts across the globe. The $15 billion credit line would be guaranteed by Iranian oil. In exchange for the cash, Iran would have to come back into compliance with the nuclear accord it signed with the world’s major powers in 2015. Tehran would also have to agree not to threaten the security of the Persian Gulf or to impede maritime navigation in the area. Lastly, Tehran would have to commit to regional Middle East talks in the future. While Trump has been skeptical of helping Iran without preconditions, In public, the president has in public at least hinted at an openness to considering Macron’s pitch for placating the Iranian government—a move intended to help bring the Iranians to the negotiating table and to rescue the nuclear agreement that Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton worked so hard to torpedo.At the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France last month, Trump told reporters that Iran might need a “short-term letter of credit or loan” that could “get them over a very rough patch.”Why Trump Wants the Ayatollah’s CashIranian Prime Minister Javad Zarif made a surprise appearance at that meeting. To Robert Malley, who worked on Iran policy during the Obama administration, that visit indicated that “Trump must have signaled openness to Macron’s idea, otherwise Zarif would not have flown to Biarritz at the last minute.” “Clearly, Trump responded to Macron in a way that gave the French president a reason to invite Zarif and Zarif a reason to come,” he said.The French proposal would require the Trump administration to issue waivers on Iranian sanctions. That would be a major departure from the Trump administration’s so-called “maximum pressure” campaign to exact financial punishments on the regime in Tehran. Ironically, during his time in office, President Barack Obama followed a not-dissimilar approach to bring the Iranians to the negotiating table, throttling Iran’s economy with sanctions before pledging relief for talks. The negotiations resulted in the Iran nuke deal that President Trump called “rotten”—and pulled the U.S. out of during his first term.Trump’s flirtations with—if not outright enthusiasm toward—chummily sitting down with foreign dictators and America’s geopolitical foes are largely driven by his desire for historic photo ops and to be seen as the dealmaker-in-chief. It’s a desire so strong that it can motivate him to upturn years worth of his own administration’s policymaking and messaging.And while President Trump has not agreed to anything yet, he did signal a willingness to cooperate on such a proposal at various times throughout the last month, including while at the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France, according to four sources with knowledge of the president’s conversations about the deal.Several sources told The Daily Beast that foreign officials are expecting Trump to either agree to cooperate on the French deal or to offer to ease some sanctions on Tehran. Meanwhile, President Trump is also considering meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September. “I do believe they’d like to make a deal. If they do, that’s great. And if they don’t, that’s great too,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “But they have tremendous financial difficulty, and the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher.” When asked if he would ease sanctions against Iran in order to get a meeting with Iran Trump simply said: “We’ll see what happens. I think Iran has a tremendous, tremendous potential.”Spokespeople for the State Department, White House, and Treasury did not provide comment for this story. A spokesperson for the National Security Council simply referred The Daily Beast to Trump’s Wednesday comments on Iran. Bolton didn’t comment on Wednesday, either.Trump’s willingness to discuss the credit line with the French, the Iranians and also Japanese President Shinzo Abe frustrated Bolton who had for months had urged Trump against softening his hard line against the regime in Tehran. Bolton, who vociferously opposed the Macron proposal, departed the Trump administration on explicitly and mutually bad terms on Tuesday. On his way out of door, Trump and senior administration officials went out of their way to keep publicly insisting he was fired, as Bolton kept messaging various news outlets that Trump couldn’t fire him because he quit. The former national security adviser and lifelong hawk had ruffled so many feathers and made so many enemies in the building that his senior colleagues had repeatedly tried to snitch him out to Trump for allegedly leaking to the media. On Tuesday afternoon, Bolton messaged The Daily Beast to say that allegations about him being a leaker were “flatly incorrect.”At a press briefing held shortly after Bolton’s exit on Tuesday, neither Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nor Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin showed much sympathy for Bolton’s falling star in Trumpworld. “There were many times Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed,” Pompeo told reporters. “That’s to be sure, but that’s true with a lot of people with whom I interact.”According to those who know Pompeo well, the secretary’s public statement was a glaring understatement.Trump Approved Iran Strikes Knowing Body Count Would Be High“By the end he viewed [Bolton] as an arsonist hell bent on setting fire to anyone’s agenda that didn’t align with his own—including the president’s,” said a source close to Pompeo who’s discussed Bolton with the secretary in recent weeks. Pompeo “believes him to be among the most self-centered people he’s ever worked with. A talented guy, no doubt, but not someone who was willing to subordinate his ego to the president’s foreign-policy agenda.” Whether or not the president follows through with supporting Macron is unclear, as Trump is known to consider or temporarily back high-profile domestic or foreign policy initiatives, only to quickly backtrack or about-face. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    NICHOLAS KAMMPresident Donald Trump has left the impression with foreign officials, members of his administration, and others involved in Iranian negotiations that he is actively considering a French plan to extend a $15 billion credit line to the Iranians if Tehran comes back into compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal.Trump has in recent weeks shown openness to entertaining President Emmanuel Macron’s plan, according to four sources with knowledge of Trump’s conversations with the French leader. Two of those sources said that State Department officials, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, are also open to weighing the French proposal, which would effectively ease the economic sanctions regime that the Trump administration has applied on Tehran for more than a year.The deal put forth by France would compensate Iran for oil sales disrupted by American sanctions. A large portion of Iran’s economy relies on cash from oil sales. Most of that money is frozen in bank accounts across the globe. The $15 billion credit line would be guaranteed by Iranian oil. In exchange for the cash, Iran would have to come back into compliance with the nuclear accord it signed with the world’s major powers in 2015. Tehran would also have to agree not to threaten the security of the Persian Gulf or to impede maritime navigation in the area. Lastly, Tehran would have to commit to regional Middle East talks in the future. While Trump has been skeptical of helping Iran without preconditions, In public, the president has in public at least hinted at an openness to considering Macron’s pitch for placating the Iranian government—a move intended to help bring the Iranians to the negotiating table and to rescue the nuclear agreement that Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton worked so hard to torpedo.At the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France last month, Trump told reporters that Iran might need a “short-term letter of credit or loan” that could “get them over a very rough patch.”Why Trump Wants the Ayatollah’s CashIranian Prime Minister Javad Zarif made a surprise appearance at that meeting. To Robert Malley, who worked on Iran policy during the Obama administration, that visit indicated that “Trump must have signaled openness to Macron’s idea, otherwise Zarif would not have flown to Biarritz at the last minute.” “Clearly, Trump responded to Macron in a way that gave the French president a reason to invite Zarif and Zarif a reason to come,” he said.The French proposal would require the Trump administration to issue waivers on Iranian sanctions. That would be a major departure from the Trump administration’s so-called “maximum pressure” campaign to exact financial punishments on the regime in Tehran. Ironically, during his time in office, President Barack Obama followed a not-dissimilar approach to bring the Iranians to the negotiating table, throttling Iran’s economy with sanctions before pledging relief for talks. The negotiations resulted in the Iran nuke deal that President Trump called “rotten”—and pulled the U.S. out of during his first term.Trump’s flirtations with—if not outright enthusiasm toward—chummily sitting down with foreign dictators and America’s geopolitical foes are largely driven by his desire for historic photo ops and to be seen as the dealmaker-in-chief. It’s a desire so strong that it can motivate him to upturn years worth of his own administration’s policymaking and messaging.And while President Trump has not agreed to anything yet, he did signal a willingness to cooperate on such a proposal at various times throughout the last month, including while at the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France, according to four sources with knowledge of the president’s conversations about the deal.Several sources told The Daily Beast that foreign officials are expecting Trump to either agree to cooperate on the French deal or to offer to ease some sanctions on Tehran. Meanwhile, President Trump is also considering meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September. “I do believe they’d like to make a deal. If they do, that’s great. And if they don’t, that’s great too,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “But they have tremendous financial difficulty, and the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher.” When asked if he would ease sanctions against Iran in order to get a meeting with Iran Trump simply said: “We’ll see what happens. I think Iran has a tremendous, tremendous potential.”Spokespeople for the State Department, White House, and Treasury did not provide comment for this story. A spokesperson for the National Security Council simply referred The Daily Beast to Trump’s Wednesday comments on Iran. Bolton didn’t comment on Wednesday, either.Trump’s willingness to discuss the credit line with the French, the Iranians and also Japanese President Shinzo Abe frustrated Bolton who had for months had urged Trump against softening his hard line against the regime in Tehran. Bolton, who vociferously opposed the Macron proposal, departed the Trump administration on explicitly and mutually bad terms on Tuesday. On his way out of door, Trump and senior administration officials went out of their way to keep publicly insisting he was fired, as Bolton kept messaging various news outlets that Trump couldn’t fire him because he quit. The former national security adviser and lifelong hawk had ruffled so many feathers and made so many enemies in the building that his senior colleagues had repeatedly tried to snitch him out to Trump for allegedly leaking to the media. On Tuesday afternoon, Bolton messaged The Daily Beast to say that allegations about him being a leaker were “flatly incorrect.”At a press briefing held shortly after Bolton’s exit on Tuesday, neither Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nor Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin showed much sympathy for Bolton’s falling star in Trumpworld. “There were many times Ambassador Bolton and I disagreed,” Pompeo told reporters. “That’s to be sure, but that’s true with a lot of people with whom I interact.”According to those who know Pompeo well, the secretary’s public statement was a glaring understatement.Trump Approved Iran Strikes Knowing Body Count Would Be High“By the end he viewed [Bolton] as an arsonist hell bent on setting fire to anyone’s agenda that didn’t align with his own—including the president’s,” said a source close to Pompeo who’s discussed Bolton with the secretary in recent weeks. Pompeo “believes him to be among the most self-centered people he’s ever worked with. A talented guy, no doubt, but not someone who was willing to subordinate his ego to the president’s foreign-policy agenda.” Whether or not the president follows through with supporting Macron is unclear, as Trump is known to consider or temporarily back high-profile domestic or foreign policy initiatives, only to quickly backtrack or about-face. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 61/79   Israel's Netanyahu faces criticism over annexation plan
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to annex the West Bank's Jordan Valley drew praise from right-wing allies Wednesday, but opponents called it a desperate bid to remain in office.  Battling to win re-election in September 17 polls, Netanyahu issued the deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday night, drawing firm condemnation from the Palestinians, Arab states, the United Nations and the European Union.  Netanyahu said in a televised speech he would move to annex the strategic valley, which accounts for around a third of the occupied West Bank, if he wins the vote.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to annex the West Bank's Jordan Valley drew praise from right-wing allies Wednesday, but opponents called it a desperate bid to remain in office. Battling to win re-election in September 17 polls, Netanyahu issued the deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday night, drawing firm condemnation from the Palestinians, Arab states, the United Nations and the European Union. Netanyahu said in a televised speech he would move to annex the strategic valley, which accounts for around a third of the occupied West Bank, if he wins the vote.


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  • 62/79   Netanyahu Vows to Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-Elected
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    (Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he’d annex West Bank territory if re-elected next week, in a brazen ploy to bag right-wing votes ahead of the expected knife-edge vote.The Trump administration will unveil its plan for Middle East peace days after Israel’s Sept. 17 election, and that presents Israel with “a historic, onetime chance to extend Israeli sovereignty over our settlements in Judea and Samaria, and also to other areas important to our security, our heritage, and our future,” he said Tuesday.“I ask you to give me a clear mandate to extend Israeli sovereignty over all the settlements,” Netanyahu added.Over 400,000 Israelis live in more than 120 settlements, which together with roads and other support systems account for about 60% of the West Bank. Annexation would deal a body blow to the Palestinians’ dreams of establishing an independent state with the West Bank as its heartland.Those dreams have steadily eroded since December 2017, when the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital over the objections of the Palestinians, who claim the city’s eastern sector for a future capital. A senior Palestinian official called Netanyahu’s plan “madness.”UN Alarm“If Prime Minister Netanyahu is allowed to implement his plans of annexation, he would have succeeded in burying even any chance of peace between Palestinians and Israelis,” said Saeb Erekat, a longtime peace negotiator and now secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “The Israeli, the international community must stop such madness. We need to end the conflict and not to keep it for another 100 years.”United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed alarm over Netanyahu’s pledge on Wednesday, saying such steps would be a blow to peace efforts.“Such steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law,” he said in a statement. “They would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations and regional peace, while severely undermining the viability of the two-State solution.”The U.S. was informed of the announcement before it was made, and doesn’t think annexation would foreclose the possibility of a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Times of Israel website reported.Later Tuesday, militants from the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at southern Israeli cities, including one where Netanyahu was holding an election rally. Netanyahu’s security detail hustled him off the stage at a campaign event in Ashdod after air raid sirens went off.The rockets were intercepted by missile defenses, and early Wednesday, the Israeli air force struck 15 military targets in Gaza in retaliation.Once TabooAnnexation of West Bank territory, captured in the 1967 Middle East war, had been considered taboo for decades in Israeli politics because of the international outcry it would spark. But as religious and nationalist political parties gained clout, and peacemaking with the Palestinians drifted off the country’s agenda amid continuing Palestinian attacks, the notion has come to resonate with large swaths of the Israeli public.According to an August poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, 48% of Jewish Israelis and 11% of Arab Israelis would favor such a plan if it were supported by President Donald Trump and his administration. This compares to 28% of Jewish Israelis and 56% of Arab Israelis who oppose the idea.Netanyahu said the first area to be annexed if he’s re-elected would be the Jordan Valley, where Israeli forces now guard the country’s eastern flank with Jordan. There is wide support for such a move in Israel, including on the part of Netanyahu’s top election rival, former military chief Benny Gantz of the Blue and White bloc.Dangling the prospect of annexation is a gambit Netanyahu has used before. Three days before Israel’s April 9 poll, and again last week, he suggested he’d extend Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank that are home to Jewish settlements if re-elected. Polls show his Likud party in a tight race with Blue and White, and Netanyahu has been warning nationalists that if they don’t vote for his slate, then his right-wing government will be toppled.Endorsing a proposal that has become the battle cry of other hawkish politicians might burnish his nationalist credentials.“It mostly, I think, is a way to get votes from the right,” said Professor Amichai Cohen, dean of the law faculty at Israel’s Ono Academic College.(Updates to add UN Secretary-General’s comments in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ivan Levingston and David Wainer.To contact the reporter on this story: Alisa Odenheimer in Jerusalem at aodenheimer@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Bill FariesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he’d annex West Bank territory if re-elected next week, in a brazen ploy to bag right-wing votes ahead of the expected knife-edge vote.The Trump administration will unveil its plan for Middle East peace days after Israel’s Sept. 17 election, and that presents Israel with “a historic, onetime chance to extend Israeli sovereignty over our settlements in Judea and Samaria, and also to other areas important to our security, our heritage, and our future,” he said Tuesday.“I ask you to give me a clear mandate to extend Israeli sovereignty over all the settlements,” Netanyahu added.Over 400,000 Israelis live in more than 120 settlements, which together with roads and other support systems account for about 60% of the West Bank. Annexation would deal a body blow to the Palestinians’ dreams of establishing an independent state with the West Bank as its heartland.Those dreams have steadily eroded since December 2017, when the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital over the objections of the Palestinians, who claim the city’s eastern sector for a future capital. A senior Palestinian official called Netanyahu’s plan “madness.”UN Alarm“If Prime Minister Netanyahu is allowed to implement his plans of annexation, he would have succeeded in burying even any chance of peace between Palestinians and Israelis,” said Saeb Erekat, a longtime peace negotiator and now secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “The Israeli, the international community must stop such madness. We need to end the conflict and not to keep it for another 100 years.”United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed alarm over Netanyahu’s pledge on Wednesday, saying such steps would be a blow to peace efforts.“Such steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law,” he said in a statement. “They would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations and regional peace, while severely undermining the viability of the two-State solution.”The U.S. was informed of the announcement before it was made, and doesn’t think annexation would foreclose the possibility of a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Times of Israel website reported.Later Tuesday, militants from the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at southern Israeli cities, including one where Netanyahu was holding an election rally. Netanyahu’s security detail hustled him off the stage at a campaign event in Ashdod after air raid sirens went off.The rockets were intercepted by missile defenses, and early Wednesday, the Israeli air force struck 15 military targets in Gaza in retaliation.Once TabooAnnexation of West Bank territory, captured in the 1967 Middle East war, had been considered taboo for decades in Israeli politics because of the international outcry it would spark. But as religious and nationalist political parties gained clout, and peacemaking with the Palestinians drifted off the country’s agenda amid continuing Palestinian attacks, the notion has come to resonate with large swaths of the Israeli public.According to an August poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, 48% of Jewish Israelis and 11% of Arab Israelis would favor such a plan if it were supported by President Donald Trump and his administration. This compares to 28% of Jewish Israelis and 56% of Arab Israelis who oppose the idea.Netanyahu said the first area to be annexed if he’s re-elected would be the Jordan Valley, where Israeli forces now guard the country’s eastern flank with Jordan. There is wide support for such a move in Israel, including on the part of Netanyahu’s top election rival, former military chief Benny Gantz of the Blue and White bloc.Dangling the prospect of annexation is a gambit Netanyahu has used before. Three days before Israel’s April 9 poll, and again last week, he suggested he’d extend Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank that are home to Jewish settlements if re-elected. Polls show his Likud party in a tight race with Blue and White, and Netanyahu has been warning nationalists that if they don’t vote for his slate, then his right-wing government will be toppled.Endorsing a proposal that has become the battle cry of other hawkish politicians might burnish his nationalist credentials.“It mostly, I think, is a way to get votes from the right,” said Professor Amichai Cohen, dean of the law faculty at Israel’s Ono Academic College.(Updates to add UN Secretary-General’s comments in seventh paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ivan Levingston and David Wainer.To contact the reporter on this story: Alisa Odenheimer in Jerusalem at aodenheimer@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Bill FariesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 63/79   The DIY foreign policy president: Bolton ouster confirms it
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    Donald Trump has said he doesn't mind if the U.S. is on its own in the world.  Now, it seems he doesn't mind running American foreign policy on his own as well.  With the ouster of John Bolton as his national security adviser, the president has again pushed away an experienced hand in international affairs and a counter-weight to his DIY approach to Iran, North Korea, China and more.

    Donald Trump has said he doesn't mind if the U.S. is on its own in the world. Now, it seems he doesn't mind running American foreign policy on his own as well. With the ouster of John Bolton as his national security adviser, the president has again pushed away an experienced hand in international affairs and a counter-weight to his DIY approach to Iran, North Korea, China and more.


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  • 64/79   Bolton exit followed bust-up over mooted Trump-Rouhani meeting
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    * National security adviser opposed idea of easing sanctions  * Trump on Bolton: ‘He made some very big mistakes’President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside of Bushehr, Iran, in this 2015 file photo released by the Iranian President’s Office. Photograph: Mohammad Berno/APDonald Trump and his top officials reportedly discussed the possibility of easing sanctions on Iran on Monday, as a means of engineering a meeting with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, at this month’s UN general assembly.According to the account by Bloomberg News, the then national security adviser, John Bolton, argued forcefully against such a meeting, a day before his abrupt departure from the White House.His removal followed deep differences with Trump over the president’s wish to score some quick diplomatic successes, by meeting Rouhani, the Taliban and other US adversaries.According to the Bloomberg account, the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, argued for a lifting of sanctions as a means of restarting negotiations with Iran. Asked on Wednesday on whether he would meet Rouhani, Trump said: “We’ll see what happens.”“I do believe they’d like to make a deal,” the president said. On Wednesday, Trump criticised Bolton for his positions on a range of foreign policy issues, stretching back to his role in advocating the 2003 Iraq invasion.“He made some very big mistakes,” the president said. “John is known as a tough guy. He’s so tough, he got us into Iraq.”Bolton had been “way out of line” on Venezuela policy and was “not getting along with people” in the administration, Trump added.Bolton’s departure from the White House is widely seen in Washington as clearing the way for a more conciliatory foreign policy towards US adversaries in the run-up to next year’s elections, as the president seeks to launch his campaign looking more like a dealmaker than a warmonger.Securing a meeting with Rouhani at the UN general assembly is likely to be challenging without significant sanctions relief, a U-turn from the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy. The Iranian president’s options are limited by domestic politics and the views of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who has thus far been adamant in his rejection of a return to talks.Foreign policy analysts suggested that to score a quick foreign policy win – or at least the appearance of one – getting nuclear talks with North Korea back on track looks an easier hill to climb. Pyongyang has said it is prepared to restart discussions later this month, although the regime followed the offer with two short-range missile tests and a warning that the US would have to change its negotiating position.“With Trump flailing around and looking for a Kodak moment, to my mind North Korea seems more ripe than Iran,” said Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council. “The Iranians must be smelling weakness now, with Trump looking for his fourth national security adviser. Now is not the time to go easy on him.”Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that Bolton’s presence was an obstacle to negotiating with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, after the former adviser suggested the “Libyan model” of disarmament for Pyongyang.“Take a look at what happened to Gaddafi… and he’s using that to make a deal with North Korea?” Trump said. “I don’t blame Kim Jong-un for what he said after that. He wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. That’s not a question of being tough; that’s a question of being not smart.”Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who has been involved in back-channel negotiations with both Tehran and Pyongyang, said: “Bolton’s removal provides an opportunity for the Trump administration to reassess its failed ‘maximum pressure’ approach to both Iran and North Korea.”She added: “Much would depend on whether Trump has the capacity to empower seasoned diplomats to carry out real diplomacy on both fronts.”Emmanuel Macron has being trying to orchestrate a Trump-Rouhani meeting at the UN general assembly, and Trump appeared to be open to the idea at the G7 summit last month in Biarritz..In this 21 July photo, a Revolutionary Guard speedboat circles the oil tanker Stena Impero. Iran has stepped up harassment of oil shipping. Photograph: Morteza Akhoondi/APRouhani’s office said on Wednesday the Iranian president had talked by phone to Macron, and told him: “From the point of view of the Iranian government, parliament and people, negotiating with the US under sanctions is pointless.”Ariane Tabatabai, a political scientist and Iran expert at the Rand Corporation, said that Iran was amassing bargaining chips in anticipation of an eventual return to talks with the US.One by one, Tehran has ceased observing the limits on its nuclear programme imposed in the 2015 deal: it has harassed oil shipping going through the strait of Hormuz, seizing a British tanker, the Stena Impero, and it has stepped up arbitrary arrests of westerners visiting Iran, including two British-Australian dual nationals and a third Australian.“What I think they are actually pursuing is more leverage than anything else,” Tabatabai said. “A lot of their activities currently are just them trying to build this pressure campaign of their own, so that they can come back to the table with more chips, so that the US does not go straight for their red lines.”Rouhani’s decision on whether to meet Trump at the UN will be influenced by the degree to which the US eases the oil and banking embargo on Iran, but also by the dynamics of Iranian politics.“Rouhani has an opportunity here. There’s an American president who is desperate for something that looks remotely like a foreign policy success,” said Alex Vatanka, an Iran expert at the Middle East Institute. But he added that Rouhani would not meet Trump without the approval of Iran’s ageing supreme leader. Khamenei was furious with the president for even taking a phone call from Obama at the UN general assembly six years ago.“I think the supreme leader is thinking in terms of succession, and passing the baton on to someone that he would like, and not doing anything to empower Rouhani.”Trump has options too, when it comes to diplomatic breakthroughs. One is a return to a partial nuclear deal with North Korea, which was under discussion before Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam in February.At that meeting, Trump switched to a harder-line position advocated by Bolton that North Korea disarm completely in return for full sanctions relief.Victor Cha, former director of Asian affairs at the national security council, said Trump could decide to accept a North Korean offer of dismantling a handful of sites, including parts of the nuclear complex at Yongbyon, in return for partial sanctions relief.“It would certainly be lower-hanging fruit than Iran,” Cha, now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There is already stuff on the table and with Bolton gone, there is nothing stop him.”

    * National security adviser opposed idea of easing sanctions * Trump on Bolton: ‘He made some very big mistakes’President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside of Bushehr, Iran, in this 2015 file photo released by the Iranian President’s Office. Photograph: Mohammad Berno/APDonald Trump and his top officials reportedly discussed the possibility of easing sanctions on Iran on Monday, as a means of engineering a meeting with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, at this month’s UN general assembly.According to the account by Bloomberg News, the then national security adviser, John Bolton, argued forcefully against such a meeting, a day before his abrupt departure from the White House.His removal followed deep differences with Trump over the president’s wish to score some quick diplomatic successes, by meeting Rouhani, the Taliban and other US adversaries.According to the Bloomberg account, the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, argued for a lifting of sanctions as a means of restarting negotiations with Iran. Asked on Wednesday on whether he would meet Rouhani, Trump said: “We’ll see what happens.”“I do believe they’d like to make a deal,” the president said. On Wednesday, Trump criticised Bolton for his positions on a range of foreign policy issues, stretching back to his role in advocating the 2003 Iraq invasion.“He made some very big mistakes,” the president said. “John is known as a tough guy. He’s so tough, he got us into Iraq.”Bolton had been “way out of line” on Venezuela policy and was “not getting along with people” in the administration, Trump added.Bolton’s departure from the White House is widely seen in Washington as clearing the way for a more conciliatory foreign policy towards US adversaries in the run-up to next year’s elections, as the president seeks to launch his campaign looking more like a dealmaker than a warmonger.Securing a meeting with Rouhani at the UN general assembly is likely to be challenging without significant sanctions relief, a U-turn from the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy. The Iranian president’s options are limited by domestic politics and the views of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who has thus far been adamant in his rejection of a return to talks.Foreign policy analysts suggested that to score a quick foreign policy win – or at least the appearance of one – getting nuclear talks with North Korea back on track looks an easier hill to climb. Pyongyang has said it is prepared to restart discussions later this month, although the regime followed the offer with two short-range missile tests and a warning that the US would have to change its negotiating position.“With Trump flailing around and looking for a Kodak moment, to my mind North Korea seems more ripe than Iran,” said Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council. “The Iranians must be smelling weakness now, with Trump looking for his fourth national security adviser. Now is not the time to go easy on him.”Trump acknowledged on Wednesday that Bolton’s presence was an obstacle to negotiating with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, after the former adviser suggested the “Libyan model” of disarmament for Pyongyang.“Take a look at what happened to Gaddafi… and he’s using that to make a deal with North Korea?” Trump said. “I don’t blame Kim Jong-un for what he said after that. He wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. That’s not a question of being tough; that’s a question of being not smart.”Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who has been involved in back-channel negotiations with both Tehran and Pyongyang, said: “Bolton’s removal provides an opportunity for the Trump administration to reassess its failed ‘maximum pressure’ approach to both Iran and North Korea.”She added: “Much would depend on whether Trump has the capacity to empower seasoned diplomats to carry out real diplomacy on both fronts.”Emmanuel Macron has being trying to orchestrate a Trump-Rouhani meeting at the UN general assembly, and Trump appeared to be open to the idea at the G7 summit last month in Biarritz..In this 21 July photo, a Revolutionary Guard speedboat circles the oil tanker Stena Impero. Iran has stepped up harassment of oil shipping. Photograph: Morteza Akhoondi/APRouhani’s office said on Wednesday the Iranian president had talked by phone to Macron, and told him: “From the point of view of the Iranian government, parliament and people, negotiating with the US under sanctions is pointless.”Ariane Tabatabai, a political scientist and Iran expert at the Rand Corporation, said that Iran was amassing bargaining chips in anticipation of an eventual return to talks with the US.One by one, Tehran has ceased observing the limits on its nuclear programme imposed in the 2015 deal: it has harassed oil shipping going through the strait of Hormuz, seizing a British tanker, the Stena Impero, and it has stepped up arbitrary arrests of westerners visiting Iran, including two British-Australian dual nationals and a third Australian.“What I think they are actually pursuing is more leverage than anything else,” Tabatabai said. “A lot of their activities currently are just them trying to build this pressure campaign of their own, so that they can come back to the table with more chips, so that the US does not go straight for their red lines.”Rouhani’s decision on whether to meet Trump at the UN will be influenced by the degree to which the US eases the oil and banking embargo on Iran, but also by the dynamics of Iranian politics.“Rouhani has an opportunity here. There’s an American president who is desperate for something that looks remotely like a foreign policy success,” said Alex Vatanka, an Iran expert at the Middle East Institute. But he added that Rouhani would not meet Trump without the approval of Iran’s ageing supreme leader. Khamenei was furious with the president for even taking a phone call from Obama at the UN general assembly six years ago.“I think the supreme leader is thinking in terms of succession, and passing the baton on to someone that he would like, and not doing anything to empower Rouhani.”Trump has options too, when it comes to diplomatic breakthroughs. One is a return to a partial nuclear deal with North Korea, which was under discussion before Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam in February.At that meeting, Trump switched to a harder-line position advocated by Bolton that North Korea disarm completely in return for full sanctions relief.Victor Cha, former director of Asian affairs at the national security council, said Trump could decide to accept a North Korean offer of dismantling a handful of sites, including parts of the nuclear complex at Yongbyon, in return for partial sanctions relief.“It would certainly be lower-hanging fruit than Iran,” Cha, now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There is already stuff on the table and with Bolton gone, there is nothing stop him.”


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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a fresh blow Wednesday when a Scottish court ruled that his controversial decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful.  The decision came as the government was forced to release documents revealing that preparedness for a no-deal Brexit remained 'at a low level', with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact drug and food supplies.  The Operation Yellowhammer documents also warned of 'a rise in public disorder and community tensions' in such a scenario.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a fresh blow Wednesday when a Scottish court ruled that his controversial decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful. The decision came as the government was forced to release documents revealing that preparedness for a no-deal Brexit remained 'at a low level', with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact drug and food supplies. The Operation Yellowhammer documents also warned of 'a rise in public disorder and community tensions' in such a scenario.


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    The exit of John Bolton as US national security advisor removes the most forceful voice pushing President Donald Trump's foreign policy to the right with all eyes on whether his successor will signal a fresh course. Bolton, a 70-year-old master of Washington infighting, succeeded in championing hawkish stances on Iran and Venezuela and pressing Trump to hold back from an accord with North Korea at a February summit. Bolton's worldview overlapped in some areas with Trump's, especially in their 'America First' contempt for international organizations.


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  • 67/79   US 'warmongering' a failure, Iran says, as Bolton ousted
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    President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' 'warmongering' was a failure, as Iran welcomed the sacking of hawkish US national security adviser John Bolton.  Rouhani also dismissed the prospect of meeting President Donald Trump at a time his US administration is continuing to slap more crippling sanctions on the Islamic republic.  Both... must be abandoned,' Rouhani told his cabinet.

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' 'warmongering' was a failure, as Iran welcomed the sacking of hawkish US national security adviser John Bolton. Rouhani also dismissed the prospect of meeting President Donald Trump at a time his US administration is continuing to slap more crippling sanctions on the Islamic republic. Both... must be abandoned,' Rouhani told his cabinet.


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  • 68/79   Trump says he's considering 5 candidates to replace Bolton
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    President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's looking at five individuals to become his fourth national security adviser to replace John Bolton, the hawkish diplomat who clashed with the president on global challenges, especially Iran and North Korea.  'John wasn't in line with what we were doing,' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.  'I hope we've left in good stead,' Trump said.

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's looking at five individuals to become his fourth national security adviser to replace John Bolton, the hawkish diplomat who clashed with the president on global challenges, especially Iran and North Korea. 'John wasn't in line with what we were doing,' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. 'I hope we've left in good stead,' Trump said.


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  • 69/79   Donald Trump considers successors for 'Mr Tough Guy' John Bolton as national security advisor
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    At least half a dozen contenders are under consideration to replace John Bolton as Donald Trump's national security advisor. The search for Mr Trump's fourth national security adviser in less than three years began after he announced in a tweet on Tuesday that Mr Bolton's services were "no longer needed." Over the following 24 hours several of Mr Bolton's allies also departed. The changes leave Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, with increased influence over US foreign policy. He and Mr Bolton frequently disagreed. Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator and friend of Mr Trump, said he had spoken to the president about a successor. Those being considered included retired Army general Keith Kellogg, currently national security adviser to vice president Mike Pence. Profile | John Bolton, the hawk who clashed with Trump one too many times Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, and Rick Waddell, a former deputy national security adviser, were also possibilities. Mr Graham said: "Those are three names the president mentioned to me. There are others on the list. "Keith Kellogg’s a retired general, competent, capable, confident, has the president’s trust, I like him a lot." The others on the list were believed to include Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, Pete Hoekstra, the US ambassador to the Netherlands, and Stephen Biegun, the special representative for North Korea. A group of Republican senators were believed to be lobbying the president to pick Mr Grenell. Ousted | The ‘no men’ who Trump has let go Charles Kupperman, Mr Bolton's deputy and a former defence company executive, has taken over as acing national security adviser. Mr Trump is expected to make his choice known next week. White House officials indicated Mr Bolton's departure after 17 months was because his views had not "aligned" with Mr Trump's on a variety of issues. There were also suggestions that others within the administration blamed Mr Bolton for a media report that Mr Pence was opposed to pursuing a Taliban peace deal. The report annoyed Mr Trump. who declared it "fake news". Mr Bolton denied he was responsible. Mr Bolton was preceded as national security adviser by H.R. McMaster, and Michael Flynn. John Bolton says he offered his resignation to the president before he was fired Credit: Tom Brenner/Bloomberg Mr Trump, speaking at the White House, called Mr Bolton "Mr Tough Guy" and criticised him over the Iraq war. The president said: "Mr Tough Guy. Now, we're in for seven trillion dollars in the Middle East. He was very out there in wanting to have them do it. I thought it was a terrible mistake." Mr Trump said he got along "very well" with Mr Bolton personally, but he "made some very big mistakes." That included Mr Bolton's suggestion of a "Libyan model" for North Korea, which "set us back" with North Korean negotiations, and was "not smart". The president said: "What a disaster. I don't blame Kim Jong-un for what he said after that. He wanted nothing to do with John." He said Mr Bolton was also "way out of line" on Venezuela, and added: "John wasn't getting along with people in the administration who are very important. I wish John the best."

    At least half a dozen contenders are under consideration to replace John Bolton as Donald Trump's national security advisor. The search for Mr Trump's fourth national security adviser in less than three years began after he announced in a tweet on Tuesday that Mr Bolton's services were "no longer needed." Over the following 24 hours several of Mr Bolton's allies also departed. The changes leave Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, with increased influence over US foreign policy. He and Mr Bolton frequently disagreed. Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator and friend of Mr Trump, said he had spoken to the president about a successor. Those being considered included retired Army general Keith Kellogg, currently national security adviser to vice president Mike Pence. Profile | John Bolton, the hawk who clashed with Trump one too many times Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, and Rick Waddell, a former deputy national security adviser, were also possibilities. Mr Graham said: "Those are three names the president mentioned to me. There are others on the list. "Keith Kellogg’s a retired general, competent, capable, confident, has the president’s trust, I like him a lot." The others on the list were believed to include Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, Pete Hoekstra, the US ambassador to the Netherlands, and Stephen Biegun, the special representative for North Korea. A group of Republican senators were believed to be lobbying the president to pick Mr Grenell. Ousted | The ‘no men’ who Trump has let go Charles Kupperman, Mr Bolton's deputy and a former defence company executive, has taken over as acing national security adviser. Mr Trump is expected to make his choice known next week. White House officials indicated Mr Bolton's departure after 17 months was because his views had not "aligned" with Mr Trump's on a variety of issues. There were also suggestions that others within the administration blamed Mr Bolton for a media report that Mr Pence was opposed to pursuing a Taliban peace deal. The report annoyed Mr Trump. who declared it "fake news". Mr Bolton denied he was responsible. Mr Bolton was preceded as national security adviser by H.R. McMaster, and Michael Flynn. John Bolton says he offered his resignation to the president before he was fired Credit: Tom Brenner/Bloomberg Mr Trump, speaking at the White House, called Mr Bolton "Mr Tough Guy" and criticised him over the Iraq war. The president said: "Mr Tough Guy. Now, we're in for seven trillion dollars in the Middle East. He was very out there in wanting to have them do it. I thought it was a terrible mistake." Mr Trump said he got along "very well" with Mr Bolton personally, but he "made some very big mistakes." That included Mr Bolton's suggestion of a "Libyan model" for North Korea, which "set us back" with North Korean negotiations, and was "not smart". The president said: "What a disaster. I don't blame Kim Jong-un for what he said after that. He wanted nothing to do with John." He said Mr Bolton was also "way out of line" on Venezuela, and added: "John wasn't getting along with people in the administration who are very important. I wish John the best."


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  • 70/79   Brown-Bag Lunches for Kids With Food Allergies
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    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...

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  • 71/79   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...

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  • 72/79   Try These Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
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  • 73/79   The 9 Best Jobs for Teachers To Make Some Cash During the Summer Break
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  • 74/79   How to Spot and Avoid Algal Blooms
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