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    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    News Photos Slideshows - Hot Trends - Click on the image to view in augmented reality or in stereo 3D

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

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


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  • 4/79   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?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

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


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  • 9/79   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   Asian stocks fall by the most in a week as U.S.-China standoff escalates
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    Asian stocks fell the most in a week on Wednesday as the United States and China's ever-expanding dispute over trade and foreign policy showed little sign of coming to an end, weighing on global economic growth.  U.S. two-year Treasury yields fell and the curve steepened in Asia after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled further interest rate cuts and the resumption of bond purchases to address a recent spike in money markets rates.  Oil prices fell in Asia as U.S. visa restrictions on Chinese officials and the addition of more Chinese companies to a U.S. trade blacklist weighed on already slim hopes that Washington and Beijing could reach a truce at trade negotiations this week.

    Asian stocks fell the most in a week on Wednesday as the United States and China's ever-expanding dispute over trade and foreign policy showed little sign of coming to an end, weighing on global economic growth. U.S. two-year Treasury yields fell and the curve steepened in Asia after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled further interest rate cuts and the resumption of bond purchases to address a recent spike in money markets rates. Oil prices fell in Asia as U.S. visa restrictions on Chinese officials and the addition of more Chinese companies to a U.S. trade blacklist weighed on already slim hopes that Washington and Beijing could reach a truce at trade negotiations this week.


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  • 20/79   A Closer Look At Ashok Leyland Limited's (NSE:ASHOKLEY) Impressive ROE
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    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...

    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...


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  • 21/79   House Gets FBI Interviews From Mueller Probe: Impeachment Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department said it’s turned over to the House Judiciary Committees FBI reports on interviews of 17 people in response to a court order to produce still-secret materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.Here are the latest developments:House Gets FBI Interviews From Mueller Probe (8:34 p.m.)The Justice Department said it has handed over FBI interview notes on the following people: Chris Christie, Michael Cohen; Rick Dearborn; Uttam Dhillon; John Kelly; Jared Kushner; Cory Lewandowski; Paul Manafort; Mary McCord; K.T. McFarland ; Stephen Miller; Rob Porter; Rod Rosenstein; Christopher Ruddy; Sarah Sanders; Sean Spicer; and Sally Yates.The Justice Department estimated that for many of the interviews, less than 20 percent of the content is redacted. The department also said it anticipates making more such interviews available “so long as they do not adversely impact ongoing investigations and cases” and maintain the confidentiality of executive branch “interests.” Those interviews include: Stephen Bannon; Dana Boente; James Burnham; James Comey; Annie Donaldson; John Eisenberg; Michael Flynn; Rick Gates; Hope Hicks; Jody Hunt; Andrew McCabe; Don McGahn; Reince Priebus; James Rybicki; and Jeff Sessions.Democrats Demand Envoy’s Testimony on Oct. 16 (6:14 p.m.)Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, on Tuesday canceled his scheduled testimony before House impeachment investigators looking into President Donald Trump’s activities involving Ukraine.Three House committees issued a subpoena demanding that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, appear for testimony on Oct. 16 and produce records from his personal devices two days earlier.Sondland had been scheduled to testify Tuesday morning, but the committees learned less than an hour before the closed-door hearing was to begin that he had been ordered by the Trump administration not to appear.Sondland has told the House committees that he turned the records over to the State Department, which has refused to provide them to Congress.“There is no valid basis to withhold documents from the committees by relying on instructions from Secretary Pompeo,” the chairmen said.Trump Won’t Participate in Impeachment Inquiry (5:10 p.m.)White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter Tuesday that Trump and his administration won’t participate in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry.“You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” Cipollone wrote in an eight-page letter laying out the White House’s concerns about the inquiry. “Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen.”Democrats Seek Mueller Material for Inquiry (1:29 p.m.)The House Judiciary Committee asked a federal judge in Washington to allow access to still-secret materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, contending that they’re needed for the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.Justice Department lawyers opposed the request, arguing that lawmakers haven’t shown they’re entitled to override grand jury secrecy. Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, said in a friend-of-the-court brief that without a formal House vote, the impeachment inquiry doesn’t meet the standard of a “judicial proceeding” that might entitle Democrats to the records.Chief Judge Beryl Howell questioned what power the Justice Department has to require the House “to demonstrate that it is starting an impeachment inquiry?”The judge cited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Sept. 24 statement that an inquiry had been initiated, as well as the committee’s authorization granted in July to pursue grand jury materials.Howell didn’t rule on the Democrats’ request. She ordered both sides to submit additional information.Giuliani Mulls Graham’s Invitation to Testify (12:06 p.m.)Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he’s not certain whether he’ll take up Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham’s invitation to testify about Ukraine matters because his information may be privileged.“Love Lindsey, but I am still a lawyer and I will have to deal with privilege,” Giuliani told CNN. He added, “Given the nature of his invitation about my concerns I might be able to do it without discussing privileged information.” -- Billy HouseHouse to Subpoena Envoy as Testimony Blocked (11:47 a.m.)Three House committees said they are subpoenaing one of Trump’s top diplomats to provide documents and testimony after the State Department blocked him from appearing before the panels less than an hour before a closed-door hearing was to start.The Democratic chairmen said that among the things they’re seeking from are “communications from his personal devices” that Sondland has turned over to the State Department.The State Department is withholding them from the committee, in defiance of a subpoena to Secretary Michael Pompeo, the chairmen said. -- Billy HouseBiden Spokesman Calls Giuliani a Liar (11:03 a.m.)Joe Biden’s spokesman called Rudy Giuliani a “noted conspiracist and liar” and said calling him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee would “further discredit” the panel’s reputation under Chairman Lindsey Graham.Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in an emailed statement, “At this rate, all that comes out of Rudy Giuliani’s mouth is just a noun, a verb, and a disproven lie about Joe Biden.” -- Billy HouseGraham Invites Giuliani to Testify in Senate (10:19 a.m.)Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham offered Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani the chance to appear before the panel to discuss his allegations related to Ukraine.“Have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by @RudyGiuliani about corruption in Ukraine,” Graham tweeted in a veiled reference to allegations that Giuliani and Trump have made about Joe Biden and his son. -- Steven T. DennisSchiff Says Trump Team Obstructing Congress (9:45 a.m.)House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said the Trump administration’s decision to block testimony from a U.S. envoy central to an impeachment inquiry amounts to obstruction of Congress.Sondland’s testimony to three panels leading the impeachment probe scheduled for Tuesday morning was abruptly canceled after the State Department ordered him not to appear.Schiff said the State Department also is withholding other records, including text messages.Republican Representative Jim Jordan said that the treatment of other witnesses by Democrats was part of the reason the administration pulled back from Sondland’s appearance. He said the American people “have a right to know who the whistle-blower is.” -- Billy HouseTrump Says Sondland Wouldn’t Get Fair Hearing (9:30 a.m.)Trump said he “would love to send” Gordon Sondland to testify before the U.S. House in its impeachment inquiry but said the U.S. ambassador to the European Union wouldn’t get a fair hearing from Congressional Democrats.“Unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.Trump tweeted the statement hours after Sondland’s lawyers issued a statement saying the State Department had blocked him from appearing. Sondland had been scheduled to give a deposition Tuesday morning. -- Nick WadhamsState Department Blocks Ambassador Testimony (8:36 a.m.)The State Department directed Sondland to cancel his scheduled testimony Tuesday, according to a letter from his attorney.Robert Luskin, the lawyer representing Sondland, said his client was ready to appear voluntarily to respond to the committee’s questions behind closed doors, but the the State Department instructed the U.S. ambassador to the European Union to not show up. Luskin said Sondland had already worked out the logistics of his testimony with committee staff.“Ambassador Sondland is profoundly disappointed that he will not be able to testify today,” Luskin’s letter said. “Ambassador Sondland hopes that the issues raised by the State Department that preclude his testimony will be resolved promptly. He stands ready to testify on short notice, whenever he is permitted to appear.”Sondland, a hotel executive who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, came under increased scrutiny last week after Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, turned over text messages in his closed deposition that detailed Sondland’s involvement in Ukraine issues. The texts show Sondland defending the efforts of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get Ukraine to look into Joe Biden and his son, even over concerns raised by other diplomats.House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said he will make a statement at 9:30 a.m. on Sondland’s cancellation. -- Billy HousePoll Shows Approval of Democrats’ Inquiry (7:16 a.m.)A Washington Post poll showed 61% of respondents believe Democrats are “making a necessary stand against Trump’s actions” by opening an impeachment inquiry, and 53% said Democrats are “acting to uphold their constitutional duties.”That result is good news for Democrats who are trying to present the impeachment process as a serious responsibility for elected officials confronting allegations of presidential wrongdoing.Approval of how Democrats have handled the inquiry is split, with 49% of respondents saying they approve and 44% saying they disapprove. Republicans receive lower marks for their handling of the situation, with 33% of respondents approving and 56% disapproving.Overall support for beginning the impeachment probe is at 58%, while 49% say the House should actually impeach Trump and recommend that the Senate remove him from office.The poll was conducted Oct. 1-6 by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.Key EventsTrump said Monday that the whistle-blower report is “so off” and that the House impeachment inquiry is “a scam.” He added: “You can’t impeach a president for doing a good job.”Three House committees subpoenaed documents from the Defense Department and White House Office of Management and Budget, including records of Trump’s phone calls with the Ukraine president, opinions on the legality of withholding security aid from Ukraine and records on any efforts to ask that country to investigate Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.Kurt Volker, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, said he’ll step down as head of the McCain Institute, citing the “media focus” on his work in Ukraine. The institute named for late Senator John McCain is based at Arizona State University.\--With assistance from Nick Wadhams, Andrew Harris, Steven T. Dennis and Joel Rosenblatt.To contact the reporter on this story: Billy House in Washington at bhouse5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department said it’s turned over to the House Judiciary Committees FBI reports on interviews of 17 people in response to a court order to produce still-secret materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.Here are the latest developments:House Gets FBI Interviews From Mueller Probe (8:34 p.m.)The Justice Department said it has handed over FBI interview notes on the following people: Chris Christie, Michael Cohen; Rick Dearborn; Uttam Dhillon; John Kelly; Jared Kushner; Cory Lewandowski; Paul Manafort; Mary McCord; K.T. McFarland ; Stephen Miller; Rob Porter; Rod Rosenstein; Christopher Ruddy; Sarah Sanders; Sean Spicer; and Sally Yates.The Justice Department estimated that for many of the interviews, less than 20 percent of the content is redacted. The department also said it anticipates making more such interviews available “so long as they do not adversely impact ongoing investigations and cases” and maintain the confidentiality of executive branch “interests.” Those interviews include: Stephen Bannon; Dana Boente; James Burnham; James Comey; Annie Donaldson; John Eisenberg; Michael Flynn; Rick Gates; Hope Hicks; Jody Hunt; Andrew McCabe; Don McGahn; Reince Priebus; James Rybicki; and Jeff Sessions.Democrats Demand Envoy’s Testimony on Oct. 16 (6:14 p.m.)Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, on Tuesday canceled his scheduled testimony before House impeachment investigators looking into President Donald Trump’s activities involving Ukraine.Three House committees issued a subpoena demanding that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, appear for testimony on Oct. 16 and produce records from his personal devices two days earlier.Sondland had been scheduled to testify Tuesday morning, but the committees learned less than an hour before the closed-door hearing was to begin that he had been ordered by the Trump administration not to appear.Sondland has told the House committees that he turned the records over to the State Department, which has refused to provide them to Congress.“There is no valid basis to withhold documents from the committees by relying on instructions from Secretary Pompeo,” the chairmen said.Trump Won’t Participate in Impeachment Inquiry (5:10 p.m.)White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter Tuesday that Trump and his administration won’t participate in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry.“You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” Cipollone wrote in an eight-page letter laying out the White House’s concerns about the inquiry. “Put simply, you seek to overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the President they have freely chosen.”Democrats Seek Mueller Material for Inquiry (1:29 p.m.)The House Judiciary Committee asked a federal judge in Washington to allow access to still-secret materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, contending that they’re needed for the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.Justice Department lawyers opposed the request, arguing that lawmakers haven’t shown they’re entitled to override grand jury secrecy. Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, said in a friend-of-the-court brief that without a formal House vote, the impeachment inquiry doesn’t meet the standard of a “judicial proceeding” that might entitle Democrats to the records.Chief Judge Beryl Howell questioned what power the Justice Department has to require the House “to demonstrate that it is starting an impeachment inquiry?”The judge cited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Sept. 24 statement that an inquiry had been initiated, as well as the committee’s authorization granted in July to pursue grand jury materials.Howell didn’t rule on the Democrats’ request. She ordered both sides to submit additional information.Giuliani Mulls Graham’s Invitation to Testify (12:06 p.m.)Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he’s not certain whether he’ll take up Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham’s invitation to testify about Ukraine matters because his information may be privileged.“Love Lindsey, but I am still a lawyer and I will have to deal with privilege,” Giuliani told CNN. He added, “Given the nature of his invitation about my concerns I might be able to do it without discussing privileged information.” -- Billy HouseHouse to Subpoena Envoy as Testimony Blocked (11:47 a.m.)Three House committees said they are subpoenaing one of Trump’s top diplomats to provide documents and testimony after the State Department blocked him from appearing before the panels less than an hour before a closed-door hearing was to start.The Democratic chairmen said that among the things they’re seeking from are “communications from his personal devices” that Sondland has turned over to the State Department.The State Department is withholding them from the committee, in defiance of a subpoena to Secretary Michael Pompeo, the chairmen said. -- Billy HouseBiden Spokesman Calls Giuliani a Liar (11:03 a.m.)Joe Biden’s spokesman called Rudy Giuliani a “noted conspiracist and liar” and said calling him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee would “further discredit” the panel’s reputation under Chairman Lindsey Graham.Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in an emailed statement, “At this rate, all that comes out of Rudy Giuliani’s mouth is just a noun, a verb, and a disproven lie about Joe Biden.” -- Billy HouseGraham Invites Giuliani to Testify in Senate (10:19 a.m.)Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham offered Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani the chance to appear before the panel to discuss his allegations related to Ukraine.“Have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by @RudyGiuliani about corruption in Ukraine,” Graham tweeted in a veiled reference to allegations that Giuliani and Trump have made about Joe Biden and his son. -- Steven T. DennisSchiff Says Trump Team Obstructing Congress (9:45 a.m.)House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said the Trump administration’s decision to block testimony from a U.S. envoy central to an impeachment inquiry amounts to obstruction of Congress.Sondland’s testimony to three panels leading the impeachment probe scheduled for Tuesday morning was abruptly canceled after the State Department ordered him not to appear.Schiff said the State Department also is withholding other records, including text messages.Republican Representative Jim Jordan said that the treatment of other witnesses by Democrats was part of the reason the administration pulled back from Sondland’s appearance. He said the American people “have a right to know who the whistle-blower is.” -- Billy HouseTrump Says Sondland Wouldn’t Get Fair Hearing (9:30 a.m.)Trump said he “would love to send” Gordon Sondland to testify before the U.S. House in its impeachment inquiry but said the U.S. ambassador to the European Union wouldn’t get a fair hearing from Congressional Democrats.“Unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.Trump tweeted the statement hours after Sondland’s lawyers issued a statement saying the State Department had blocked him from appearing. Sondland had been scheduled to give a deposition Tuesday morning. -- Nick WadhamsState Department Blocks Ambassador Testimony (8:36 a.m.)The State Department directed Sondland to cancel his scheduled testimony Tuesday, according to a letter from his attorney.Robert Luskin, the lawyer representing Sondland, said his client was ready to appear voluntarily to respond to the committee’s questions behind closed doors, but the the State Department instructed the U.S. ambassador to the European Union to not show up. Luskin said Sondland had already worked out the logistics of his testimony with committee staff.“Ambassador Sondland is profoundly disappointed that he will not be able to testify today,” Luskin’s letter said. “Ambassador Sondland hopes that the issues raised by the State Department that preclude his testimony will be resolved promptly. He stands ready to testify on short notice, whenever he is permitted to appear.”Sondland, a hotel executive who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, came under increased scrutiny last week after Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, turned over text messages in his closed deposition that detailed Sondland’s involvement in Ukraine issues. The texts show Sondland defending the efforts of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get Ukraine to look into Joe Biden and his son, even over concerns raised by other diplomats.House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said he will make a statement at 9:30 a.m. on Sondland’s cancellation. -- Billy HousePoll Shows Approval of Democrats’ Inquiry (7:16 a.m.)A Washington Post poll showed 61% of respondents believe Democrats are “making a necessary stand against Trump’s actions” by opening an impeachment inquiry, and 53% said Democrats are “acting to uphold their constitutional duties.”That result is good news for Democrats who are trying to present the impeachment process as a serious responsibility for elected officials confronting allegations of presidential wrongdoing.Approval of how Democrats have handled the inquiry is split, with 49% of respondents saying they approve and 44% saying they disapprove. Republicans receive lower marks for their handling of the situation, with 33% of respondents approving and 56% disapproving.Overall support for beginning the impeachment probe is at 58%, while 49% say the House should actually impeach Trump and recommend that the Senate remove him from office.The poll was conducted Oct. 1-6 by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.Key EventsTrump said Monday that the whistle-blower report is “so off” and that the House impeachment inquiry is “a scam.” He added: “You can’t impeach a president for doing a good job.”Three House committees subpoenaed documents from the Defense Department and White House Office of Management and Budget, including records of Trump’s phone calls with the Ukraine president, opinions on the legality of withholding security aid from Ukraine and records on any efforts to ask that country to investigate Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.Kurt Volker, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, said he’ll step down as head of the McCain Institute, citing the “media focus” on his work in Ukraine. The institute named for late Senator John McCain is based at Arizona State University.\--With assistance from Nick Wadhams, Andrew Harris, Steven T. Dennis and Joel Rosenblatt.To contact the reporter on this story: Billy House in Washington at bhouse5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 22/79   Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Sinotruk (Hong Kong) Limited (HKG:3808)?
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  • 24/79   Hidden Gold, ‘Murky’ Payoffs Threaten Japan Nuclear Revival
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    (Bloomberg) -- A payoff scandal has struck Japan’s nuclear world, threatening to delay the restart of idled reactors in what’s becoming the industry’s biggest crisis since the Fukushima meltdowns of 2011.The issue, which emerged at the end of last month, centers around how an influential municipal official in a town that hosts a nuclear plant spent years doling out large gifts to executives of its operator, one of the country’s biggest power producers. It’s an example of how big business and small towns work together, sometimes at the expense of corporate governance.The payments to senior management at Kansai Electric Power Co. included hundreds of millions of yen, U.S. currency, vouchers for tailored suits and even gold coins hidden in a box of candy. To make matters worse, the official in question was close to -- and received money from -- a company that won construction work from the utility.The news is a blow to an already deeply unpopular industry as it seeks to resume operations at plants that were shuttered after Fukushima. It’s likely to have an impact beyond Kansai Electric, with the government’s top spokesman, who called the payoffs “murky,” vowing to investigate whether there are similar cases at other companies.Abe HeadacheIt’s also a headache for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has set his stall as a proponent of nuclear power, a cheaper source of energy than imported fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. And questions in parliament about the scandal may delay Abe’s efforts to pass a U.S. trade deal and proceed toward changing the country’s pacifist constitution.“This could slow the restart timetables and undermine whatever goodwill had been recovered by the nuclear industry since Fukushima,” said Tom O’Sullivan, founder of Tokyo-based energy consultant Mathyos. Of Japan’s 33 operable reactors, just nine are back online. The nation operated 54 before the Fukushima disaster.The scandal is the latest exposure of governance issues at Japanese companies, which include the arrest last year of Nissan Motor Co.’s chairman for concealing more than $140 million in compensation and Kobe Steel Ltd.’s indictment in 2018 for falsifying quality data.Kansai Electric Chairman Makoto Yagi and President Shigeki Iwane bowed in apology at a three-hour public briefing last week as they detailed how they and 18 other executives received almost 320 million yen ($3 million) in cash and presents from Eiji Moriyama, who died at the age of 90 in March, from 2006 to 2018.Pay CutsBut they also tried to play down the scandal. Accepting the gifts was inappropriate but not illegal, Iwane said. And they had no influence over how the firm awarded construction contracts. The president and chairman had taken pay cuts of 20% of their salary for one or two months but initially said they would not step down.“It’s astounding how badly they’ve managed this crisis,” said Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Tokyo. “Of course they should resign.”Chairman Yagi could resign as soon as Wednesday, while President Iwane intends to do so after the completion of an investigation into the payments, which could end within the year, Kyodo News and Nikkei reported, without identifying sources. The company’s board is expected to approve Yagi’s resignation when it meets Wednesday, according to national broadcaster NHK.The immediate risk for Kansai Electric is that the issue may delay the restart of three of its reactors, including two in the town in question, Takahama. Every month a reactor stays offline saddles the utility with extra fuel costs of 3.6 billion yen, according to Nomura Securities Co.It’s also taking a toll on the company’s share price, which fell 13% from Sept. 27 through Tuesday’s close, wiping out about $1.5 billion in market value. An index of power and gas stocks listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 4.3% in the period.Hot Temper“The government will do a thorough investigation into the industry to check if there are similar cases in other companies,” Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo on Sept. 27. It’s “outrageous” that Kansai Electric executives accepted the gifts in a “murky” fashion, he said last week.The company has strived to deflect blame for the matter, painting a picture of Moriyama as a difficult person to handle. Executives wanted to return the gifts but couldn’t because Moriyama was hot-tempered when he didn’t get his way, according to a report dated September 2018 that the company released last week. He was an important person in Takahama, a small coastal community in western Japan where Kansai had four reactors. The company’s report, as well as articles in Japanese media, contained details of why it wanted to keep him onside.Moriyama became entwined in Kansai Electric’s nuclear business when he served as Takahama’s deputy mayor from 1977 to 1987. He helped push through an expansion to add two reactors at the Takahama plant, and landed an advisory position at a Kansai Electric unit the year he retired.Birthday PartiesHe remained an influential figure due to his many contacts in the town of just over 10,000, holding seats on numerous municipal committees and advising local companies that did business with the power sector. Moriyama would often appear at Kansai Electric gatherings, meetings and even birthday parties.After the Fukushima disaster, Kansai Electric needed to retrofit the Takahama plant to meet new safety standards, requiring $5 billion worth of work.Moriyama told Kansai Electric officials he wanted the Takahama plant to quickly return to service, and the utility shared more information with him -- such as timelines and necessary renovations. At the same time, Moriyama had received about 300 million yen from Yoshida Kaihatsu, a local construction company that won orders for work at the Takahama plant, according to Japanese media. Maintenance and security companies linked to Moriyama were also granted contracts.Internal ProbeMultiple calls to Yoshida Kaihatsu went unanswered.Last year, the payments were uncovered by Japan’s tax office, who informed the utility. Kansai Electric investigated the matter in an internal probe completed in September 2018. But the utility concluded nothing illegal had transpired and decided not to release the findings. Then last month, local media exposed the affair.It’s clear there’s more to come on the scandal. Kansai Electric has commissioned external parties to conduct a probe, as ordered by Economy Minister Isshu Sugawara. He told press on Tuesday that he expects the third-party investigation will uncover new facts. A group of opposition lawmakers is seeking to question the executives and hold a parliamentary debate on the issue. And the mayor of Osaka, the city that’s Kansai Electric’s largest shareholder, has called for top management to resign.Kansai Electric’s investigation will leave no stone unturned to determine the cause and events surrounding the payments, the company said in an emailed response. The utility will also make efforts to ensure that this type of incident doesn’t happen again, it said.In a sense, the goings-on at Kansai Electric suggest things haven’t changed in the nuclear industry. They mirror what independent investigators said in a 2012 report led to the scale of the Fukushima meltdowns: collusion between government officials and a power company.“This is the nuclear village at its worst,” Temple University’s Kingston said, referring to the nexus of companies, politicians, bureaucrats and others that promote atomic power. “The cozy and collusive ties are a hotbed of corruption and raise questions about other plants.”(Updates with reports of planned resignations in 11th paragraph)\--With assistance from Adam Majendie.To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Stapczynski in Singapore at sstapczynsk1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ramsey Al-Rikabi at ralrikabi@bloomberg.net, Tom RedmondFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- A payoff scandal has struck Japan’s nuclear world, threatening to delay the restart of idled reactors in what’s becoming the industry’s biggest crisis since the Fukushima meltdowns of 2011.The issue, which emerged at the end of last month, centers around how an influential municipal official in a town that hosts a nuclear plant spent years doling out large gifts to executives of its operator, one of the country’s biggest power producers. It’s an example of how big business and small towns work together, sometimes at the expense of corporate governance.The payments to senior management at Kansai Electric Power Co. included hundreds of millions of yen, U.S. currency, vouchers for tailored suits and even gold coins hidden in a box of candy. To make matters worse, the official in question was close to -- and received money from -- a company that won construction work from the utility.The news is a blow to an already deeply unpopular industry as it seeks to resume operations at plants that were shuttered after Fukushima. It’s likely to have an impact beyond Kansai Electric, with the government’s top spokesman, who called the payoffs “murky,” vowing to investigate whether there are similar cases at other companies.Abe HeadacheIt’s also a headache for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has set his stall as a proponent of nuclear power, a cheaper source of energy than imported fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. And questions in parliament about the scandal may delay Abe’s efforts to pass a U.S. trade deal and proceed toward changing the country’s pacifist constitution.“This could slow the restart timetables and undermine whatever goodwill had been recovered by the nuclear industry since Fukushima,” said Tom O’Sullivan, founder of Tokyo-based energy consultant Mathyos. Of Japan’s 33 operable reactors, just nine are back online. The nation operated 54 before the Fukushima disaster.The scandal is the latest exposure of governance issues at Japanese companies, which include the arrest last year of Nissan Motor Co.’s chairman for concealing more than $140 million in compensation and Kobe Steel Ltd.’s indictment in 2018 for falsifying quality data.Kansai Electric Chairman Makoto Yagi and President Shigeki Iwane bowed in apology at a three-hour public briefing last week as they detailed how they and 18 other executives received almost 320 million yen ($3 million) in cash and presents from Eiji Moriyama, who died at the age of 90 in March, from 2006 to 2018.Pay CutsBut they also tried to play down the scandal. Accepting the gifts was inappropriate but not illegal, Iwane said. And they had no influence over how the firm awarded construction contracts. The president and chairman had taken pay cuts of 20% of their salary for one or two months but initially said they would not step down.“It’s astounding how badly they’ve managed this crisis,” said Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Tokyo. “Of course they should resign.”Chairman Yagi could resign as soon as Wednesday, while President Iwane intends to do so after the completion of an investigation into the payments, which could end within the year, Kyodo News and Nikkei reported, without identifying sources. The company’s board is expected to approve Yagi’s resignation when it meets Wednesday, according to national broadcaster NHK.The immediate risk for Kansai Electric is that the issue may delay the restart of three of its reactors, including two in the town in question, Takahama. Every month a reactor stays offline saddles the utility with extra fuel costs of 3.6 billion yen, according to Nomura Securities Co.It’s also taking a toll on the company’s share price, which fell 13% from Sept. 27 through Tuesday’s close, wiping out about $1.5 billion in market value. An index of power and gas stocks listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 4.3% in the period.Hot Temper“The government will do a thorough investigation into the industry to check if there are similar cases in other companies,” Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo on Sept. 27. It’s “outrageous” that Kansai Electric executives accepted the gifts in a “murky” fashion, he said last week.The company has strived to deflect blame for the matter, painting a picture of Moriyama as a difficult person to handle. Executives wanted to return the gifts but couldn’t because Moriyama was hot-tempered when he didn’t get his way, according to a report dated September 2018 that the company released last week. He was an important person in Takahama, a small coastal community in western Japan where Kansai had four reactors. The company’s report, as well as articles in Japanese media, contained details of why it wanted to keep him onside.Moriyama became entwined in Kansai Electric’s nuclear business when he served as Takahama’s deputy mayor from 1977 to 1987. He helped push through an expansion to add two reactors at the Takahama plant, and landed an advisory position at a Kansai Electric unit the year he retired.Birthday PartiesHe remained an influential figure due to his many contacts in the town of just over 10,000, holding seats on numerous municipal committees and advising local companies that did business with the power sector. Moriyama would often appear at Kansai Electric gatherings, meetings and even birthday parties.After the Fukushima disaster, Kansai Electric needed to retrofit the Takahama plant to meet new safety standards, requiring $5 billion worth of work.Moriyama told Kansai Electric officials he wanted the Takahama plant to quickly return to service, and the utility shared more information with him -- such as timelines and necessary renovations. At the same time, Moriyama had received about 300 million yen from Yoshida Kaihatsu, a local construction company that won orders for work at the Takahama plant, according to Japanese media. Maintenance and security companies linked to Moriyama were also granted contracts.Internal ProbeMultiple calls to Yoshida Kaihatsu went unanswered.Last year, the payments were uncovered by Japan’s tax office, who informed the utility. Kansai Electric investigated the matter in an internal probe completed in September 2018. But the utility concluded nothing illegal had transpired and decided not to release the findings. Then last month, local media exposed the affair.It’s clear there’s more to come on the scandal. Kansai Electric has commissioned external parties to conduct a probe, as ordered by Economy Minister Isshu Sugawara. He told press on Tuesday that he expects the third-party investigation will uncover new facts. A group of opposition lawmakers is seeking to question the executives and hold a parliamentary debate on the issue. And the mayor of Osaka, the city that’s Kansai Electric’s largest shareholder, has called for top management to resign.Kansai Electric’s investigation will leave no stone unturned to determine the cause and events surrounding the payments, the company said in an emailed response. The utility will also make efforts to ensure that this type of incident doesn’t happen again, it said.In a sense, the goings-on at Kansai Electric suggest things haven’t changed in the nuclear industry. They mirror what independent investigators said in a 2012 report led to the scale of the Fukushima meltdowns: collusion between government officials and a power company.“This is the nuclear village at its worst,” Temple University’s Kingston said, referring to the nexus of companies, politicians, bureaucrats and others that promote atomic power. “The cozy and collusive ties are a hotbed of corruption and raise questions about other plants.”(Updates with reports of planned resignations in 11th paragraph)\--With assistance from Adam Majendie.To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Stapczynski in Singapore at sstapczynsk1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ramsey Al-Rikabi at ralrikabi@bloomberg.net, Tom RedmondFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 25/79   If You Had Bought Bestway Global Holding (HKG:3358) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 10% Loss, Today
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  • 26/79   Johnson & Johnson, Risperdal maker hit with $8B verdict
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    A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday awarded $8 billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and one if its subsidiaries over a drug the companies made that the plaintiff's attorneys say is linked to the abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys.  Johnson and Johnson immediately denounced the award after the jury's decision in the Court of Common pleas, saying it's 'excessive and unfounded' and vowing immediate action to overturn it.  The antipsychotic drug Risperdal is at the center of the lawsuit, with the plaintiff's attorneys arguing it's linked to abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys, an incurable condition known as gynecomastia.

    A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday awarded $8 billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and one if its subsidiaries over a drug the companies made that the plaintiff's attorneys say is linked to the abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys. Johnson and Johnson immediately denounced the award after the jury's decision in the Court of Common pleas, saying it's 'excessive and unfounded' and vowing immediate action to overturn it. The antipsychotic drug Risperdal is at the center of the lawsuit, with the plaintiff's attorneys arguing it's linked to abnormal growth of female breast tissue in boys, an incurable condition known as gynecomastia.


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  • 27/79   Stocks Drop as Trade Tensions Ramp Up Before Talks: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks dropped Wednesday after a slump on Wall Street spurred by escalating U.S.-China trade tensions, though declines were more modest than in the U.S. Japan’s benchmark Topix in early trading was down by about half the 1.6% drop in the S&P 500 Index overnight, continuing the pattern of outperformance seen last month. U.S. futures were little changed, as was the dollar. Ten-year Treasury yields were flat, not far from their lowest levels in a month. Crude oil dipped toward $52 a barrel in New York. In the run-up to high-level U.S.-China trade talks in Washington this week, relations have deteriorated between the world’s two largest economies. The Trump administration Tuesday put visa bans on Chinese officials linked to the mass detention of Muslims in Xinjiang province, after putting a number of Chinese technology firms on a blacklist the day before. And Bloomberg reported the White House is moving ahead with discussions about restricting U.S. government pension investments in China. China, meantime, has taken steps against the U.S. National Basketball Association in wake of a flap over a team manager’s remarks on Hong Kong.“It will be interesting to see how it plays out this week between the U.S. and China,” said Andrew Balls, chief investment officer for global fixed income at Pacific Investment Management Co. This comes “at a time when we already see growth pretty weak in the first half of next year and you have at least some evidence of weakness in manufacturing spilling into services.”The U.S.-China flare-up overshadowed comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who indicated Tuesday that the central bank will move to address recent strains in money markets. Powell left his options open on interest rates weeks ahead of the next policy meeting.Elsewhere, the pound weakened after Boris Johnson told German Chancellor Angela Merkel a Brexit deal is essentially impossible if the EU demands Northern Ireland stay in the bloc’s customs union. West Texas crude fell toward $52 a barrel.Here are some key events coming up this week:On Wednesday, minutes will be released from the last policy meeting of the Fed’s rate-setting committee.The account of the European Central Bank’s last gathering is due Thursday.Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly will meet at an unofficial summit.The U.S. releases a key measure of inflation on Thursday.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index dropped 0.7% as of 9:21 a.m. in Tokyo.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 0.8%.Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.2%. The underlying gauge fell 1.6% on Tuesday.CurrenciesThe yen was at 107.05 per dollar, little changed.The offshore yuan was at 7.1631 per dollar after dropping 0.4%.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was flat.The euro bought $1.0959.The British pound was at $1.2224.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries was at 1.54%.Australia’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 0.88%.CommoditiesGold was at $1,508.07 an ounce, up 0.2%.West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $52.43 a barrel.\--With assistance from Sarah Ponczek and Vildana Hajric.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) -- Asian stocks dropped Wednesday after a slump on Wall Street spurred by escalating U.S.-China trade tensions, though declines were more modest than in the U.S. Japan’s benchmark Topix in early trading was down by about half the 1.6% drop in the S&P 500 Index overnight, continuing the pattern of outperformance seen last month. U.S. futures were little changed, as was the dollar. Ten-year Treasury yields were flat, not far from their lowest levels in a month. Crude oil dipped toward $52 a barrel in New York. In the run-up to high-level U.S.-China trade talks in Washington this week, relations have deteriorated between the world’s two largest economies. The Trump administration Tuesday put visa bans on Chinese officials linked to the mass detention of Muslims in Xinjiang province, after putting a number of Chinese technology firms on a blacklist the day before. And Bloomberg reported the White House is moving ahead with discussions about restricting U.S. government pension investments in China. China, meantime, has taken steps against the U.S. National Basketball Association in wake of a flap over a team manager’s remarks on Hong Kong.“It will be interesting to see how it plays out this week between the U.S. and China,” said Andrew Balls, chief investment officer for global fixed income at Pacific Investment Management Co. This comes “at a time when we already see growth pretty weak in the first half of next year and you have at least some evidence of weakness in manufacturing spilling into services.”The U.S.-China flare-up overshadowed comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who indicated Tuesday that the central bank will move to address recent strains in money markets. Powell left his options open on interest rates weeks ahead of the next policy meeting.Elsewhere, the pound weakened after Boris Johnson told German Chancellor Angela Merkel a Brexit deal is essentially impossible if the EU demands Northern Ireland stay in the bloc’s customs union. West Texas crude fell toward $52 a barrel.Here are some key events coming up this week:On Wednesday, minutes will be released from the last policy meeting of the Fed’s rate-setting committee.The account of the European Central Bank’s last gathering is due Thursday.Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly will meet at an unofficial summit.The U.S. releases a key measure of inflation on Thursday.Here are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index dropped 0.7% as of 9:21 a.m. in Tokyo.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 0.8%.Futures on the S&P 500 Index rose 0.2%. The underlying gauge fell 1.6% on Tuesday.CurrenciesThe yen was at 107.05 per dollar, little changed.The offshore yuan was at 7.1631 per dollar after dropping 0.4%.The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was flat.The euro bought $1.0959.The British pound was at $1.2224.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries was at 1.54%.Australia’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 0.88%.CommoditiesGold was at $1,508.07 an ounce, up 0.2%.West Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $52.43 a barrel.\--With assistance from Sarah Ponczek and Vildana Hajric.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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  • 28/79   Amrutanjan Health Care Limited (NSE:AMRUTANJAN): Commentary On Fundamentals
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  • 29/79   GM talks hit snag as union seeks products for UAW factories
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    Talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union hit a snag Tuesday over what the union says is a lack of commitment by GM to build new vehicles in U.S. factories.  In a letter to members, union Vice President Terry Dittes wrote that the union has told GM that it doesn't see a commitment from the company to a workforce that has helped make it billions of dollars.  'We believe that the vehicles GM sells here should be built here,' Dittes wrote.

    Talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union hit a snag Tuesday over what the union says is a lack of commitment by GM to build new vehicles in U.S. factories. In a letter to members, union Vice President Terry Dittes wrote that the union has told GM that it doesn't see a commitment from the company to a workforce that has helped make it billions of dollars. 'We believe that the vehicles GM sells here should be built here,' Dittes wrote.


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  • 30/79   If You Had Bought Ambika Cotton Mills (NSE:AMBIKCO) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 98% Gain Today
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  • 31/79   One Thing To Remember About The Smartpay Holdings Limited (NZSE:SPY) Share Price
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  • 32/79   Three Things You Should Check Before Buying Beijing Capital Land Ltd. (HKG:2868) For Its Dividend
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    Is Beijing Capital Land Ltd. (HKG:2868) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing...

    Is Beijing Capital Land Ltd. (HKG:2868) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing...


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  • 33/79   Nissan Power Struggle Ends With Three New Senior Leaders
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    (Bloomberg) -- The struggle for the leadership of embattled Nissan Motor Co. ended in an uneasy compromise, as the top contenders all got senior roles.The carmaker’s directors tapped Makoto Uchida, 53, the head of its China joint venture, as chief executive officer, to work alongside new Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta and Jun Seki, the new deputy COO. These three were all on the shortlist a week ago.One factor in the decision was suggested by Chairman Yasushi Kimura at a news conference at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama late Tuesday. By adopting a collective-style leadership, the board ensures that no one can dominate decision-making, a clear reference to ousted leader Carlos Ghosn’s outsized influence over Nissan and its alliance with top shareholder Renault SA.Nissan shares fell 1.2% to 652.7 yen at 9:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The stock has lost about 36% in the past 12 months. Ghosn led both companies for years and held their two-decade partnership together until his arrest last November on allegations of financial misconduct, which he has denied. His downfall exposed shoddy corporate governance at Nissan and brought long-standing tensions between the automakers to the fore.Relations were further strained when Nissan’s failure to back Renault’s plan to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV effectively scuttled the transaction.Nissan would be open to evaluating a Fiat deal after it rebalances its lopsided shareholding relationship with Renault, according to people familiar with the situation. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard wants to start the search for a successor to CEO Thierry Bollore, and the matter may be on the agenda at the carmaker’s board meeting on Oct. 18, Le Figaro newspaper reported.The French carmaker holds 43% of Nissan, while the Japanese company owns 15% of Renault, without voting rights. While talks haven’t resumed, a change of management at Nissan was seen by some as a precondition for restarting discussions, the people said, asking not to be named citing private matters.Uchida’s most urgent tasks will be to reverse a slide in profit and execute a massive overhaul, all while navigating the treacherous corporate and political crosscurrents in Japan and France. His appointment follows the September departure of Hiroto Saikawa, who resigned as CEO following a scandal over pay.Uchida ran Nissan’s joint venture in China, the carmaker’s single biggest market, accounting for almost a third of its operating income in recent years. He joined Nissan from Nissho Iwai Corp. in 2003, and won favor with Renault while collaborating with the French firm on joint procurement, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified.Known for his overseas experience, Uchida has also worked for Renault Samsung in South Korea. He studied theology at Doshisha University, an unusual background for someone in the auto industry.Nissan’s leadership search came at a critical time for the company, which reported decade-low profits in July and announced plans for 12,500 job cuts. Auto sales are slowing across the globe and new technologies from self-driving cars to electrification are disrupting the industry.“There is restructuring to be done at home and abroad, new vehicle development needs to speed up, while management coordination with Renault and efforts to improve profitability are in disarray,” said Koji Endo, an analyst at SBI Securities Co. “There are so many things to do.”Gupta was viewed as a supporter of the auto-making alliance, which includes Mitsubishi Motors Corp., winning him the favor of Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard. Born in Dehradun, India, Gupta graduated from the country’s Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College before obtaining a diploma from French business school Insead.A Renault representative declined to comment on the Nissan appointments.The 49-year-old Gupta started his career in 1992 in engineering and purchasing in private industry and later moved to management positions with Honda Motor Co. in India and Japan. In 2006, Gupta became general manager of purchasing at Renault India in Mumbai, and in 2008 moved to the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization in France as global supplier account manager for braking systems.“Uchida and Gupta seem to have a good balance,” said Tatsuo Yoshida, a senior auto analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in Tokyo. “Mr. Uchida has experience outside of Nissan and came from a trading company, while Mr. Gupta is not Japanese nor French and has worked at other Japanese automakers, which can help the alliance strengthen.”Seki is a former Nissan China chief. A Nissan lifer who joined in 1986, he worked in engineering and production and has mostly kept a low profile.Seki graduated from Japan’s National Defense Academy, an uncommon background for someone at an automaker, because most graduates go on to serve in Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. He’s seen as someone who’d be sympathetic to Japanese interests, people with knowledge of the matter have said.(Updates with Nissan share reaction in fourth paragraph)\--With assistance from Reed Stevenson, Tommaso Ebhardt, Siddharth Philip, Masatsugu Horie and Angus Whitley.To contact the reporters on this story: Kae Inoue in Tokyo at kinoue@bloomberg.net;Ania Nussbaum in Paris at anussbaum5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net, Frank Connelly, Tara PatelFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The struggle for the leadership of embattled Nissan Motor Co. ended in an uneasy compromise, as the top contenders all got senior roles.The carmaker’s directors tapped Makoto Uchida, 53, the head of its China joint venture, as chief executive officer, to work alongside new Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta and Jun Seki, the new deputy COO. These three were all on the shortlist a week ago.One factor in the decision was suggested by Chairman Yasushi Kimura at a news conference at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama late Tuesday. By adopting a collective-style leadership, the board ensures that no one can dominate decision-making, a clear reference to ousted leader Carlos Ghosn’s outsized influence over Nissan and its alliance with top shareholder Renault SA.Nissan shares fell 1.2% to 652.7 yen at 9:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The stock has lost about 36% in the past 12 months. Ghosn led both companies for years and held their two-decade partnership together until his arrest last November on allegations of financial misconduct, which he has denied. His downfall exposed shoddy corporate governance at Nissan and brought long-standing tensions between the automakers to the fore.Relations were further strained when Nissan’s failure to back Renault’s plan to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV effectively scuttled the transaction.Nissan would be open to evaluating a Fiat deal after it rebalances its lopsided shareholding relationship with Renault, according to people familiar with the situation. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard wants to start the search for a successor to CEO Thierry Bollore, and the matter may be on the agenda at the carmaker’s board meeting on Oct. 18, Le Figaro newspaper reported.The French carmaker holds 43% of Nissan, while the Japanese company owns 15% of Renault, without voting rights. While talks haven’t resumed, a change of management at Nissan was seen by some as a precondition for restarting discussions, the people said, asking not to be named citing private matters.Uchida’s most urgent tasks will be to reverse a slide in profit and execute a massive overhaul, all while navigating the treacherous corporate and political crosscurrents in Japan and France. His appointment follows the September departure of Hiroto Saikawa, who resigned as CEO following a scandal over pay.Uchida ran Nissan’s joint venture in China, the carmaker’s single biggest market, accounting for almost a third of its operating income in recent years. He joined Nissan from Nissho Iwai Corp. in 2003, and won favor with Renault while collaborating with the French firm on joint procurement, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified.Known for his overseas experience, Uchida has also worked for Renault Samsung in South Korea. He studied theology at Doshisha University, an unusual background for someone in the auto industry.Nissan’s leadership search came at a critical time for the company, which reported decade-low profits in July and announced plans for 12,500 job cuts. Auto sales are slowing across the globe and new technologies from self-driving cars to electrification are disrupting the industry.“There is restructuring to be done at home and abroad, new vehicle development needs to speed up, while management coordination with Renault and efforts to improve profitability are in disarray,” said Koji Endo, an analyst at SBI Securities Co. “There are so many things to do.”Gupta was viewed as a supporter of the auto-making alliance, which includes Mitsubishi Motors Corp., winning him the favor of Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard. Born in Dehradun, India, Gupta graduated from the country’s Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College before obtaining a diploma from French business school Insead.A Renault representative declined to comment on the Nissan appointments.The 49-year-old Gupta started his career in 1992 in engineering and purchasing in private industry and later moved to management positions with Honda Motor Co. in India and Japan. In 2006, Gupta became general manager of purchasing at Renault India in Mumbai, and in 2008 moved to the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization in France as global supplier account manager for braking systems.“Uchida and Gupta seem to have a good balance,” said Tatsuo Yoshida, a senior auto analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in Tokyo. “Mr. Uchida has experience outside of Nissan and came from a trading company, while Mr. Gupta is not Japanese nor French and has worked at other Japanese automakers, which can help the alliance strengthen.”Seki is a former Nissan China chief. A Nissan lifer who joined in 1986, he worked in engineering and production and has mostly kept a low profile.Seki graduated from Japan’s National Defense Academy, an uncommon background for someone at an automaker, because most graduates go on to serve in Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. He’s seen as someone who’d be sympathetic to Japanese interests, people with knowledge of the matter have said.(Updates with Nissan share reaction in fourth paragraph)\--With assistance from Reed Stevenson, Tommaso Ebhardt, Siddharth Philip, Masatsugu Horie and Angus Whitley.To contact the reporters on this story: Kae Inoue in Tokyo at kinoue@bloomberg.net;Ania Nussbaum in Paris at anussbaum5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net, Frank Connelly, Tara PatelFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 34/79   Did Changing Sentiment Drive Prairie Mining's (ASX:PDZ) Share Price Down A Worrying 51%?
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    Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And unfortunately for Prairie...

    Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And unfortunately for Prairie...


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  • 35/79   We Think AksharChem (India) (NSE:AKSCHEM) Is Taking Some Risk With Its Debt
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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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  • 36/79   Aaron Industries (NSE:AARON) Shareholders Booked A 35% Gain In The Last Year
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    The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you...

    The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you...


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  • 37/79   California faces historic power outage due to fire danger
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    Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines.  PG&E said it would begin turning off power to 800,000 customers in 34 counties starting after midnight Wednesday amid forecasts of windy, dry weather that create extreme fire danger.  To the south, Southern California Edison also said Tuesday that more than 106,000 of its customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.

    Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines. PG&E said it would begin turning off power to 800,000 customers in 34 counties starting after midnight Wednesday amid forecasts of windy, dry weather that create extreme fire danger. To the south, Southern California Edison also said Tuesday that more than 106,000 of its customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.


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  • 38/79   Twitter says it mistakenly used phone numbers for ads
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    Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users.  Twitter is not saying how many users were affected.  Twitter says it fixed the problem as of September 17.

    Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users. Twitter is not saying how many users were affected. Twitter says it fixed the problem as of September 17.


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  • 39/79   Is Tian Teck Land Limited's (HKG:266) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?
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    This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it...

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


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  • 40/79   AP FACT CHECK: Trump misfires on economy, Syria, impeachment
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    Battling an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is misrepresenting facts as he blasts his investigators and seeks to highlight the administration's efforts to fulfill campaign pledges on the economy and war in the Middle East .  In tweets and public remarks, the president minimized the risk of withdrawing U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, suggesting that most of the foreign fighters captured in the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group and being held by the Kurds are from European countries that can reclaim them.  Trump made a groundless assertion that the Democratic leaders heading the impeachment inquiry , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, should be impeached, not him.

    Battling an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is misrepresenting facts as he blasts his investigators and seeks to highlight the administration's efforts to fulfill campaign pledges on the economy and war in the Middle East . In tweets and public remarks, the president minimized the risk of withdrawing U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, suggesting that most of the foreign fighters captured in the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group and being held by the Kurds are from European countries that can reclaim them. Trump made a groundless assertion that the Democratic leaders heading the impeachment inquiry , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, should be impeached, not him.


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  • 41/79   Germany holds Syrian crash truck hijacker for attempted murder
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    German authorities Tuesday held on suspicion of attempted murder a Syrian man who hijacked an articulated lorry and smashed it into cars stopped at a traffic light in the city of Limburg, injuring several people.  The 32-year-old will remain in custody, suspected of attempted murder and bodily harm as well as a traffic offence, Frankfurt prosecutors told AFP.  Unconfirmed media reports said the Syrian national arrived with the massive migrant influx to Germany in 2015 and that his residency permit had expired on October 1.

    German authorities Tuesday held on suspicion of attempted murder a Syrian man who hijacked an articulated lorry and smashed it into cars stopped at a traffic light in the city of Limburg, injuring several people. The 32-year-old will remain in custody, suspected of attempted murder and bodily harm as well as a traffic offence, Frankfurt prosecutors told AFP. Unconfirmed media reports said the Syrian national arrived with the massive migrant influx to Germany in 2015 and that his residency permit had expired on October 1.


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  • 42/79   Conor McGregor's entourage have been accused of forcing a nightclub bottle service girl into their car after a booze-fueled evening in LA
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    Insider uncovered the story while investigating Los Angeles nightlife company The H.wood Group, which is popular among celebrities.

    Insider uncovered the story while investigating Los Angeles nightlife company The H.wood Group, which is popular among celebrities.


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  • 43/79   Ex-U.S. envoy Huntsman urges rethink of Russia sanctions in WSJ op-ed
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    Days after ending his term in Moscow, former United States ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has urged Washington to review its sanctions-dominated approach to Russia, questioning its efficiency and calling for dialogue.  The U.S. has placed multiple layers of sanctions on Russia, its senior officials and largest companies, as well as businessmen it views as connected to the Kremlin, the bulk of them linked to Moscow's role in the Ukrainian crisis which began in 2014 and has yet to be resolved.  In a column https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-needs-dialogue-with-moscow-11570488054 for the Wall Street Journal published on Monday, Huntsman argued that 'sanctions have become our go-to foreign policy tool to admonish misbehavior' but not all of them are having the desired effect.

    Days after ending his term in Moscow, former United States ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has urged Washington to review its sanctions-dominated approach to Russia, questioning its efficiency and calling for dialogue. The U.S. has placed multiple layers of sanctions on Russia, its senior officials and largest companies, as well as businessmen it views as connected to the Kremlin, the bulk of them linked to Moscow's role in the Ukrainian crisis which began in 2014 and has yet to be resolved. In a column https://www.wsj.com/articles/america-needs-dialogue-with-moscow-11570488054 for the Wall Street Journal published on Monday, Huntsman argued that 'sanctions have become our go-to foreign policy tool to admonish misbehavior' but not all of them are having the desired effect.


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  • 44/79   Diplomat's Wife Suspected in Fatal U.K. Car Crash Returned to the U.S. After Telling Authorities She Would Stay. Here's What to Know
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    U.K. officials are asking that diplomatic immunity be waived

    U.K. officials are asking that diplomatic immunity be waived


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  • 45/79   Polish politician rescues child and father from burning car
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    A left-wing party leader in Poland has rescued a 2-year-old boy and his father from a burning car, winning praise across the political spectrum days before a national election.  The car collided with a truck and began to burn Monday evening in Tabor, south of Warsaw.  Robert Biedron witnessed the crash and helped the father and child until rescue officials arrived, fire officials reported.

    A left-wing party leader in Poland has rescued a 2-year-old boy and his father from a burning car, winning praise across the political spectrum days before a national election. The car collided with a truck and began to burn Monday evening in Tabor, south of Warsaw. Robert Biedron witnessed the crash and helped the father and child until rescue officials arrived, fire officials reported.


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  • 46/79   Sen. Graham: Congress will call for Turkey's NATO suspension and hit it with sanctions if it attacks Kurds
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    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday warned Turkey a bipartisan group of lawmakers would introduce sanctions against it and “call for their suspension from NATO” if it attacks the Kurds in Syria.

    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday warned Turkey a bipartisan group of lawmakers would introduce sanctions against it and “call for their suspension from NATO” if it attacks the Kurds in Syria.


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  • 47/79   Police bust multi-billion pound drug smuggling gang after 50 tonnes of product are brought into the UK
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    Britain's biggest ever drug smuggling gang has been smashed after billions of pounds worth of narcotics was brought into the UK, the National Crime Agency believes. Officers arrested 13 men aged between 24 and 59 on Tuesday across the country in dawn raids. The NCA seized 351 kilos of cocaine, 92 kilos of heroin, 250 kilos of cannabis and 1,850 kilos of hemp/hashish, with a total street value of more than £38 million, in three consignments in September 2018. Investigators believe more than 50 tonnes of drugs worth billions of pounds were imported from the Netherlands, between February 2017 and October 2018, hidden in lorries carrying vegetables and juice. Jayne Lloyd, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said: "We suspect these men were involved in an industrial-scale operation - the biggest ever uncovered in the UK - bringing in tonnes of deadly drugs that were distributed to crime groups throughout the country. "By working closely with partners here and overseas, in particular the Dutch National Police, we believe we have dismantled a well-established drug supply route." The gang are believed to have imported billions of pounds worth of drugs  Credit: AFP The arrests were made in London, Manchester, Stockport, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Dewsbury, and Leeds. Four men and two women from the Netherlands, who were arrested in April this year as part of the same investigation, are awaiting extradition to the UK. "We have got the top people in the group," said Ms Lloyd. "We believe it's probably the biggest conspiracy that's been seen in the UK." Investigators believe the arrests have disrupted the flow of drugs into the UK to be sold on by "county lines" gangs, who often use children as dealers. "Taking out this suspected organised crime group... will make, hopefully, a huge impact in relation to protecting the public and the economy," said Ms Lloyd. "You can see from where they've been arrested that the potential was that significant amounts of drugs coming into the UK would go to various areas in the UK. "We would be looking at vulnerable individuals who would then supply the commodity on behalf of other organised crime groups." The investigation is linked to an earlier NCA operation where 13 people were jailed after the seizure of more than 100kg of heroin in 2015.

    Britain's biggest ever drug smuggling gang has been smashed after billions of pounds worth of narcotics was brought into the UK, the National Crime Agency believes. Officers arrested 13 men aged between 24 and 59 on Tuesday across the country in dawn raids. The NCA seized 351 kilos of cocaine, 92 kilos of heroin, 250 kilos of cannabis and 1,850 kilos of hemp/hashish, with a total street value of more than £38 million, in three consignments in September 2018. Investigators believe more than 50 tonnes of drugs worth billions of pounds were imported from the Netherlands, between February 2017 and October 2018, hidden in lorries carrying vegetables and juice. Jayne Lloyd, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said: "We suspect these men were involved in an industrial-scale operation - the biggest ever uncovered in the UK - bringing in tonnes of deadly drugs that were distributed to crime groups throughout the country. "By working closely with partners here and overseas, in particular the Dutch National Police, we believe we have dismantled a well-established drug supply route." The gang are believed to have imported billions of pounds worth of drugs  Credit: AFP The arrests were made in London, Manchester, Stockport, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Dewsbury, and Leeds. Four men and two women from the Netherlands, who were arrested in April this year as part of the same investigation, are awaiting extradition to the UK. "We have got the top people in the group," said Ms Lloyd. "We believe it's probably the biggest conspiracy that's been seen in the UK." Investigators believe the arrests have disrupted the flow of drugs into the UK to be sold on by "county lines" gangs, who often use children as dealers. "Taking out this suspected organised crime group... will make, hopefully, a huge impact in relation to protecting the public and the economy," said Ms Lloyd. "You can see from where they've been arrested that the potential was that significant amounts of drugs coming into the UK would go to various areas in the UK. "We would be looking at vulnerable individuals who would then supply the commodity on behalf of other organised crime groups." The investigation is linked to an earlier NCA operation where 13 people were jailed after the seizure of more than 100kg of heroin in 2015.


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  • 48/79   House Democrats are so afraid Trump allies will expose the whistleblower that they might mask the person's voice and face during testimony
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    The debate comes as President Donald Trump's allies amplify his claims that the whistleblower broke the law and is guilty of espionage.

    The debate comes as President Donald Trump's allies amplify his claims that the whistleblower broke the law and is guilty of espionage.


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  • 49/79   Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leader
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    Hong Kong's under-fire leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said China intervening to end months of pro-democracy protests is an option following a particularly violent week of unrest that paralysed the city. Hong Kong was virtually locked down over the three-day holiday weekend, with the majority of subway stops closed. It is also the position of the central government (in Beijing) that Hong Kong should tackle the problem on her own.

    Hong Kong's under-fire leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said China intervening to end months of pro-democracy protests is an option following a particularly violent week of unrest that paralysed the city. Hong Kong was virtually locked down over the three-day holiday weekend, with the majority of subway stops closed. It is also the position of the central government (in Beijing) that Hong Kong should tackle the problem on her own.


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  • 50/79   Once nearly extinct, songbird coming off endangered list
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    The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited teamwork among numerous agencies and nonprofit groups with the survival of the warbler, which had fallen victim to its own picky habitat demands and competition from the predatory brown-headed cowbird.  'We've transitioned from bringing this species out of the emergency room to providing it with long-term stability,' said Dan Kennedy, endangered species coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

    The federal government said Tuesday it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credited teamwork among numerous agencies and nonprofit groups with the survival of the warbler, which had fallen victim to its own picky habitat demands and competition from the predatory brown-headed cowbird. 'We've transitioned from bringing this species out of the emergency room to providing it with long-term stability,' said Dan Kennedy, endangered species coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


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  • 51/79   Back-to-back meteor showers make this a great week for stargazing
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    Back-to-back meteor showers make this a great week for stargazing originally appeared on abcnews.go.comCalifornia residents spotted odd lights beaming through the sky Monday night. So naturally, many took to social media to share videos and get answers.What people were observing meteor showers.“The Draconids meteor shower kicks off the fall meteor shower season,” Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather astronomy blogger and meteorologist, said in a statement. ...

    Back-to-back meteor showers make this a great week for stargazing originally appeared on abcnews.go.comCalifornia residents spotted odd lights beaming through the sky Monday night. So naturally, many took to social media to share videos and get answers.What people were observing meteor showers.“The Draconids meteor shower kicks off the fall meteor shower season,” Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather astronomy blogger and meteorologist, said in a statement. ...


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  • 52/79   NASA's Curiosity rover found a weirdly salty 'ancient oasis' on Mars
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    NASA's Curiosity rover discovered what it dubs an 'ancient oasis' on the red planet, featuring some very unusual salts.  After sending Curiosity to explore the floor of the 100-meter-wide Gale Crater, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement Monday that millions of years ago, the floor of the crater might have been covered with shallow streams.  The rocks that Curiosity found were also filled with unique mineral salts.

    NASA's Curiosity rover discovered what it dubs an 'ancient oasis' on the red planet, featuring some very unusual salts. After sending Curiosity to explore the floor of the 100-meter-wide Gale Crater, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement Monday that millions of years ago, the floor of the crater might have been covered with shallow streams. The rocks that Curiosity found were also filled with unique mineral salts.


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  • 53/79   Saturn Is the New Moon King
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    And Jupiter is now in the second spot.

    And Jupiter is now in the second spot.


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  • 54/79   'Big Bang Theory' gets shout out to Nobel Prize announcement
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    Life imitated art Tuesday when 'The Big Bang Theory' — the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began — entered the annals of Nobel Prize history.  The announcement of the winners of this year's Nobel in physics began with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show's theme song.  'The Big Bang Theory' had its finale in May. In the episode, two of the main characters, Sheldon and Amy, win the physics prize.

    Life imitated art Tuesday when 'The Big Bang Theory' — the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began — entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year's Nobel in physics began with a nod to an unlikely cultural reference: the opening lyrics to the show's theme song. 'The Big Bang Theory' had its finale in May. In the episode, two of the main characters, Sheldon and Amy, win the physics prize.


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  • 55/79   A new study reveals how the last woolly mammoths died out 4,000 years ago. That's after the Egyptians had built the pyramids.
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    The last of the woolly mammoths died on an Arctic island 4,000 years ago, meaning these animals went extinct much later than scientists once thought.

    The last of the woolly mammoths died on an Arctic island 4,000 years ago, meaning these animals went extinct much later than scientists once thought.


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  • 56/79   Astronauts just printed meat in space for the first time — and it could change the way we grow food on Earth
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    A spacecraft with vials of cow cells landed at the International Space Station in September. From there, cosmonauts fed the vials into a 3D printer.

    A spacecraft with vials of cow cells landed at the International Space Station in September. From there, cosmonauts fed the vials into a 3D printer.


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  • 57/79   Boeing to invest $20M in Virgin Galactic, marking a milestone team-up in commercial space
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    Boeing says it's planning to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic once it goes public, potentially unlocking a new level of synergy for commercial space travel. For Virgin Galactic, the deal will provide an extra dose of cash — but also access to Boeing's decades of expertise in providing aerospace products and services. In return, Boeing will have an inside track to the market for commercial space travel — which is part of CEO Dennis Muilenburg's vision for a continuum of aerospace transportation. "Space tourism, space factories … that whole ecosystem is evolving, and we’ll be deeply involved in the… Read More

    Boeing says it's planning to invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic once it goes public, potentially unlocking a new level of synergy for commercial space travel. For Virgin Galactic, the deal will provide an extra dose of cash — but also access to Boeing's decades of expertise in providing aerospace products and services. In return, Boeing will have an inside track to the market for commercial space travel — which is part of CEO Dennis Muilenburg's vision for a continuum of aerospace transportation. "Space tourism, space factories … that whole ecosystem is evolving, and we’ll be deeply involved in the… Read More


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  • 58/79   Study This Picture: The P-47M Was an Excellent American Fighter
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    So rugged, so durable.

    So rugged, so durable.


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  • 59/79   Chicago teens stage 'die-in' to demand action on climate change; one man arrested
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    Dozens of Chicago teens gathered across from Trump International Hotel and marched to City Hall Monday to demand action on climate change.

    Dozens of Chicago teens gathered across from Trump International Hotel and marched to City Hall Monday to demand action on climate change.


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  • 60/79   Mom of U.K. Teen Killed in Crash With U.S. Diplomat’s Wife Appeals to Trump
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    Justice4Harry FacebookHarry Dunn was an outgoing 19-year-old and skilled motorcyclist with a twin brother and four other siblings who happened to be driving through the valley just outside the Royal Air Force base in Croughton, England, on the evening of Aug. 27, when Anne Sacoolas crested the hill with her Volvo XC90 luxury SUV. Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of an American who worked at the important intelligence gathering facility, had only been in the U.K. for three weeks. She pulled out of the base on the wrong side of the road, apparently forgetting for a moment the rules of left-lane British driving. The Second Oldest Profession is Here to StayDunn had no time to react when Sacoolas came straight at him, the Dunn family spokesman told The Daily Beast. The impact sent him flying over the top of the heavy SUV, causing multiple injuries. He died a few hours later in a local hospital. At the scene of the accident, Sacoolas, whose 12-year-old son was reportedly a passenger in the Volvo, was hysterical over what she had done. The car had diplomatic plates, but witnesses who rushed to the crash site told Northamptonshire police that Sacoolas immediately took the blame and gave all her details, including her British and American cellphone numbers.DMV records in Virginia, where Sacoolas previously was resident, show she had been cited for failing to pay attention while driving in 2006 but had paid the fine with no other penalty. Because Dunn was still alive when he was taken away by ambulance after the accident, Sacoolas was not arrested at the scene—nor was she checked for alcohol or drug use, according to a Northamptonshire Police spokesperson. When police went to the Croughton base the next day to tell Sacoolas that Dunn had died, she was understandably upset and assured them she had no plans to leave the country. When they came back a second time to get more information, she was lawyered up and assisted by officials from the U.S. Embassy to the U.K. The police went back again Sept. 15 to place Sacoolas under formal questioning in a wrongful death inquiry but she, her husband, Jonathan, and their three children had left the country, claiming diplomatic immunity. The U.S. Embassy in London said they did so on the advice of the U.S. State Department. The Sacoolas family has a home outside Washington, D.C., but they have so far not been spotted there. Calls to the home by The Daily Beast were met with a busy signal. The State Department issued a statement confirming they had left the U.K. but would not confirm where the family is. “We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic Aug. 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a U.S. diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom,” the State Department statement reads. “We can confirm the family has left the U.K.”Edward Snowden Is Exposing His Own Secrets This TimeOn Tuesday, Mark Stephens, described as an expert in diplomatic law, told The Guardian newspaper that Jonathan Sacoolas was not listed in London as a diplomat and questioned whether his family indeed had full immunity. U.S. personnel working at Croughton, reportedly a major listening post for the Americans' CIA and National Security Agency, have been granted special diplomatic immunity.The British Foreign Office did not respond to a call for confirmation of Sacoolas’ status and whether it should be waived. But the U.S. State Department was quite clear on the matter. “Any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry,” it said in a statement, adding, “immunity is rarely waived.”Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, was only told last week that Sacoolas had left Britain. She is now pleading that Sacoolas come back to the U.K. to meet with her of her own accord. She isn’t even asking that the supposed spy’s wife be punished for accidentally killing her son. “We just don’t understand from one human to another, one mom to another, how you could just get on a plane and leave behind the devastation she has without even speaking to us, without an apology of any kind?” Charles told Sky TV on Tuesday. “We’re not a horrible family, we’re a usual U.K. family that just need to put a face to—what we have now is a name… without knowing who this person is properly we can’t begin to try and start our grieving process.”The case has rattled the United Kingdom and of course has had a huge impact on the small community where the death took place and where the locals all refer to RAF Croughton as the “spy base.” They are used to mingling with families stationed inside. In fact, the Sacoolas children had just started attending a private school called Winchester House nearby, where Dunn’s father works as head of maintenance. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also involved, promising to take the matter up with President Donald Trump if the American diplomatic process won’t compel Sacoolas to return. “I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose,” Johnson told reporters Monday. “I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country... If we can’t resolve it then of course I will be raising it myself personally with the White House.”For the record, Sacoolas and her husband are both registered Republicans. If she does come back, it will likely be of her own free will. It is highly unlikely the American government would force her to return. Normally, diplomatic immunity is granted only to those working out of the embassy in London under the 1961 Vienna Convention, which is meant to protect families of those working for foreign governments from politically motivated prosecution. But in 1994, a special arrangement was reached to extend it to those at RAF Croughton, which is a “listening” post that handles a third of the U.S. intelligence surveillance in the region. Britain’s Independent newspaper reported in 2013, based on documents supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden, that Croughton is one of two centers for “tech support activity” run by the Special Collection Service (SCS)—a joint CIA/NSA unit that operates a network of about 100 listening posts. Among its reported accomplishments: tapping into the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.That neither Trump nor his State Department have seen fit to waive Sacoolas’ immunity has not stopped Dunn’s family from campaigning for Sacoolas to do the right thing. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to fight for justice for their son, even if that means traveling to the U.S. to petition Trump in Washington or even to find Sacoolas in person. “This funding page is being set up to help the family and his twin brother Niall through these traumatic times,” the campaign note says. “And to build up a fund as the family embark on a campaign to search for Justice for Harry as the legal process unfolds.” They have also set up Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages under the justice4harry hashtag where they post articles and information from the family. In one message, the family thank well-wishers for showing the respect for Harry they would like from Sacoolas. “His love for his family and friends outshone everything and made him the caring and loving young man he was,” they write. “It’s not until now, with all the messages we have received, that we have come to realize how many people’s lives he has touched.”RAF Croughton would not comment on the matter, but the Dunn family spokesman, Radd Seiger, whose own son was Harry Dunn’s best friend, told The Daily Beast that the family will not stop fighting for justice until Sacoolas is back in the U.K. “President Trump, please listen,” Dunn’s mother said in her interview with Sky TV. “We’re a family in ruin. We’re broken. We can’t grieve. Please, please, let her get back on a plane, come back to the U.K. We could understand how she’s feeling, but more importantly, she needs to face justice, see what she’s done.”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.

    Justice4Harry FacebookHarry Dunn was an outgoing 19-year-old and skilled motorcyclist with a twin brother and four other siblings who happened to be driving through the valley just outside the Royal Air Force base in Croughton, England, on the evening of Aug. 27, when Anne Sacoolas crested the hill with her Volvo XC90 luxury SUV. Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of an American who worked at the important intelligence gathering facility, had only been in the U.K. for three weeks. She pulled out of the base on the wrong side of the road, apparently forgetting for a moment the rules of left-lane British driving. The Second Oldest Profession is Here to StayDunn had no time to react when Sacoolas came straight at him, the Dunn family spokesman told The Daily Beast. The impact sent him flying over the top of the heavy SUV, causing multiple injuries. He died a few hours later in a local hospital. At the scene of the accident, Sacoolas, whose 12-year-old son was reportedly a passenger in the Volvo, was hysterical over what she had done. The car had diplomatic plates, but witnesses who rushed to the crash site told Northamptonshire police that Sacoolas immediately took the blame and gave all her details, including her British and American cellphone numbers.DMV records in Virginia, where Sacoolas previously was resident, show she had been cited for failing to pay attention while driving in 2006 but had paid the fine with no other penalty. Because Dunn was still alive when he was taken away by ambulance after the accident, Sacoolas was not arrested at the scene—nor was she checked for alcohol or drug use, according to a Northamptonshire Police spokesperson. When police went to the Croughton base the next day to tell Sacoolas that Dunn had died, she was understandably upset and assured them she had no plans to leave the country. When they came back a second time to get more information, she was lawyered up and assisted by officials from the U.S. Embassy to the U.K. The police went back again Sept. 15 to place Sacoolas under formal questioning in a wrongful death inquiry but she, her husband, Jonathan, and their three children had left the country, claiming diplomatic immunity. The U.S. Embassy in London said they did so on the advice of the U.S. State Department. The Sacoolas family has a home outside Washington, D.C., but they have so far not been spotted there. Calls to the home by The Daily Beast were met with a busy signal. The State Department issued a statement confirming they had left the U.K. but would not confirm where the family is. “We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic Aug. 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a U.S. diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom,” the State Department statement reads. “We can confirm the family has left the U.K.”Edward Snowden Is Exposing His Own Secrets This TimeOn Tuesday, Mark Stephens, described as an expert in diplomatic law, told The Guardian newspaper that Jonathan Sacoolas was not listed in London as a diplomat and questioned whether his family indeed had full immunity. U.S. personnel working at Croughton, reportedly a major listening post for the Americans' CIA and National Security Agency, have been granted special diplomatic immunity.The British Foreign Office did not respond to a call for confirmation of Sacoolas’ status and whether it should be waived. But the U.S. State Department was quite clear on the matter. “Any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry,” it said in a statement, adding, “immunity is rarely waived.”Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, was only told last week that Sacoolas had left Britain. She is now pleading that Sacoolas come back to the U.K. to meet with her of her own accord. She isn’t even asking that the supposed spy’s wife be punished for accidentally killing her son. “We just don’t understand from one human to another, one mom to another, how you could just get on a plane and leave behind the devastation she has without even speaking to us, without an apology of any kind?” Charles told Sky TV on Tuesday. “We’re not a horrible family, we’re a usual U.K. family that just need to put a face to—what we have now is a name… without knowing who this person is properly we can’t begin to try and start our grieving process.”The case has rattled the United Kingdom and of course has had a huge impact on the small community where the death took place and where the locals all refer to RAF Croughton as the “spy base.” They are used to mingling with families stationed inside. In fact, the Sacoolas children had just started attending a private school called Winchester House nearby, where Dunn’s father works as head of maintenance. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also involved, promising to take the matter up with President Donald Trump if the American diplomatic process won’t compel Sacoolas to return. “I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose,” Johnson told reporters Monday. “I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country... If we can’t resolve it then of course I will be raising it myself personally with the White House.”For the record, Sacoolas and her husband are both registered Republicans. If she does come back, it will likely be of her own free will. It is highly unlikely the American government would force her to return. Normally, diplomatic immunity is granted only to those working out of the embassy in London under the 1961 Vienna Convention, which is meant to protect families of those working for foreign governments from politically motivated prosecution. But in 1994, a special arrangement was reached to extend it to those at RAF Croughton, which is a “listening” post that handles a third of the U.S. intelligence surveillance in the region. Britain’s Independent newspaper reported in 2013, based on documents supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden, that Croughton is one of two centers for “tech support activity” run by the Special Collection Service (SCS)—a joint CIA/NSA unit that operates a network of about 100 listening posts. Among its reported accomplishments: tapping into the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.That neither Trump nor his State Department have seen fit to waive Sacoolas’ immunity has not stopped Dunn’s family from campaigning for Sacoolas to do the right thing. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to fight for justice for their son, even if that means traveling to the U.S. to petition Trump in Washington or even to find Sacoolas in person. “This funding page is being set up to help the family and his twin brother Niall through these traumatic times,” the campaign note says. “And to build up a fund as the family embark on a campaign to search for Justice for Harry as the legal process unfolds.” They have also set up Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages under the justice4harry hashtag where they post articles and information from the family. In one message, the family thank well-wishers for showing the respect for Harry they would like from Sacoolas. “His love for his family and friends outshone everything and made him the caring and loving young man he was,” they write. “It’s not until now, with all the messages we have received, that we have come to realize how many people’s lives he has touched.”RAF Croughton would not comment on the matter, but the Dunn family spokesman, Radd Seiger, whose own son was Harry Dunn’s best friend, told The Daily Beast that the family will not stop fighting for justice until Sacoolas is back in the U.K. “President Trump, please listen,” Dunn’s mother said in her interview with Sky TV. “We’re a family in ruin. We’re broken. We can’t grieve. Please, please, let her get back on a plane, come back to the U.K. We could understand how she’s feeling, but more importantly, she needs to face justice, see what she’s done.”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   Trump shifts tone on Turkey in effort to halt Syria invasion
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    In a span of 24 hours, President Donald Trump moved from threatening to obliterate Turkey's economy if it invades Syria to inviting its president to visit the White House.  Trump tweeted that while U.S. forces 'may be' leaving Syria, the U.S. has not abandoned the Kurds, who stand to be destroyed if Turkey follows through with its planned invasion.

    In a span of 24 hours, President Donald Trump moved from threatening to obliterate Turkey's economy if it invades Syria to inviting its president to visit the White House. Trump tweeted that while U.S. forces 'may be' leaving Syria, the U.S. has not abandoned the Kurds, who stand to be destroyed if Turkey follows through with its planned invasion.


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  • 62/79   US restricts visas for Chinese officials over internment of Muslim minorities
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    * More than 1 million Uighurs and other minorities detained  * Move is seen as victory for Pompeo and Pence over MnuchinParamilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, in 2017. Photograph: China Stringer Network/ReutersThe US has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist party officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province.The restrictions, announced by the state department on Tuesday, come a day after the US commerce department imposed export restrictions on US companies preventing them from selling their products – particularly face recognition and other surveillance technology – to 28 Chinese entities, including the Public Security Bureau and firms involved in surveillance in Xinjiang.“China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang. China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said in a statement.The US punitive measures mark the first time China has been held to account internationally for its programme of mass incarceration and persecution of religious minorities.The sanctions prompted a furious response from Beijing’s embassy in Washington, which said that the US was using “the excuse of human rights” to interfere in the China’s internal affairs.In a string of tweets the embassy said the move “seriously violates the basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s interests”.The embassy said: “The counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang are aimed to eradicate the breeding soil of extremism and terrorism. They are in line with Chinese laws and international practices, and are supported by all 25 million people of various ethnic groups in Xinjiang.”Inside the administration, the sanctions mark a victory for Pompeo, Vice-President Mike Pence, the administration’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback, and the new deputy national security adviser, Matthew Pottinger, over the treasury secretary, Stephen Mnuchin.Mnuchin reportedly argued against sanctions that would further derail difficult trade talks. News of the sanctions drove stock prices lower on the assumption that it would make a trade deal less likely.Donald Trump himself has sought to avoid direct criticism of the Chinese government for its treatment of the country’s Muslims, as well as its attempts to crush pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, so as to avoid a breakdown in his personal relations with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.At a meeting on religious freedom last month at the start of the UN general assembly, scheduled at the same time as a global climate action summit, Trump gave the keynote speech but did not mention China or the events in Xinjiang, leaving it to Pence, Pompeo and Brownback.The fact that these long-planned measures have been taken may reflect Trump’s awareness of his reliance on the religious wing of the Republican party for his re-election bid next year.The state department announcement did not name the Chinese officials that had been targeted, but officials had previously pointed to the Xinjiang party secretary, Chen Quanguo, a member of the politburo.

    * More than 1 million Uighurs and other minorities detained * Move is seen as victory for Pompeo and Pence over MnuchinParamilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, in 2017. Photograph: China Stringer Network/ReutersThe US has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist party officials accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang province.The restrictions, announced by the state department on Tuesday, come a day after the US commerce department imposed export restrictions on US companies preventing them from selling their products – particularly face recognition and other surveillance technology – to 28 Chinese entities, including the Public Security Bureau and firms involved in surveillance in Xinjiang.“China has forcibly detained over one million Muslims in a brutal, systematic campaign to erase religion and culture in Xinjiang. China must end its draconian surveillance and repression, release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease its coercion of Chinese Muslims abroad, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said in a statement.The US punitive measures mark the first time China has been held to account internationally for its programme of mass incarceration and persecution of religious minorities.The sanctions prompted a furious response from Beijing’s embassy in Washington, which said that the US was using “the excuse of human rights” to interfere in the China’s internal affairs.In a string of tweets the embassy said the move “seriously violates the basic norms governing international relations, interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s interests”.The embassy said: “The counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang are aimed to eradicate the breeding soil of extremism and terrorism. They are in line with Chinese laws and international practices, and are supported by all 25 million people of various ethnic groups in Xinjiang.”Inside the administration, the sanctions mark a victory for Pompeo, Vice-President Mike Pence, the administration’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback, and the new deputy national security adviser, Matthew Pottinger, over the treasury secretary, Stephen Mnuchin.Mnuchin reportedly argued against sanctions that would further derail difficult trade talks. News of the sanctions drove stock prices lower on the assumption that it would make a trade deal less likely.Donald Trump himself has sought to avoid direct criticism of the Chinese government for its treatment of the country’s Muslims, as well as its attempts to crush pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, so as to avoid a breakdown in his personal relations with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.At a meeting on religious freedom last month at the start of the UN general assembly, scheduled at the same time as a global climate action summit, Trump gave the keynote speech but did not mention China or the events in Xinjiang, leaving it to Pence, Pompeo and Brownback.The fact that these long-planned measures have been taken may reflect Trump’s awareness of his reliance on the religious wing of the Republican party for his re-election bid next year.The state department announcement did not name the Chinese officials that had been targeted, but officials had previously pointed to the Xinjiang party secretary, Chen Quanguo, a member of the politburo.


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  • 63/79   Trump's plan for Syria withdrawal weakens GOP unity
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    Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years trying to limit public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm.

    Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years trying to limit public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm.


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  • 64/79   Persistent trade tensions risk worsening poverty: World Bank
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    As global trade tensions persist, investments are put on hold and without that cash to boost economic growth, poverty could surge, the World Bank's chief economist warned Tuesday.  Without growth 'inevitably, people will struggle,' Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg said in an interview with AFP.  The US-China trade war -- involving hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade -- is at the center of global disputes that also include Washington's friction with the European Union, changing rules over US trade with Canada and Mexico, and Brexit.

    As global trade tensions persist, investments are put on hold and without that cash to boost economic growth, poverty could surge, the World Bank's chief economist warned Tuesday. Without growth 'inevitably, people will struggle,' Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg said in an interview with AFP. The US-China trade war -- involving hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade -- is at the center of global disputes that also include Washington's friction with the European Union, changing rules over US trade with Canada and Mexico, and Brexit.


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  • 65/79   Irish PM Says ‘Very Difficult’ to Seal Brexit Deal Next Week
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    (Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it’s hard to see a deal to break the impasse over Brexit being clinched next week, amid a stand-off over U.K. proposals over how to keep the Irish border invisible after it leaves the European Union.Problems remain with Boris Johnson’s proposals to take Northern Ireland out of the EU’s custom union, and give the region’s power-sharing assembly a veto over rule alignment with the bloc, Varadkar said in an interview with broadcaster RTE on Tuesday.Varadkar agreed that some of the briefing from London about him was becoming toxic, but vowed to hold the U.K. to earlier promises to avoid a return to a hard border in Ireland.“I don’t play dirty,” Varadkar said.To contact the reporter on this story: Dara Doyle in Dublin at ddoyle1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Follow @Brexit, sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, and tell us your Brexit story. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it’s hard to see a deal to break the impasse over Brexit being clinched next week, amid a stand-off over U.K. proposals over how to keep the Irish border invisible after it leaves the European Union.Problems remain with Boris Johnson’s proposals to take Northern Ireland out of the EU’s custom union, and give the region’s power-sharing assembly a veto over rule alignment with the bloc, Varadkar said in an interview with broadcaster RTE on Tuesday.Varadkar agreed that some of the briefing from London about him was becoming toxic, but vowed to hold the U.K. to earlier promises to avoid a return to a hard border in Ireland.“I don’t play dirty,” Varadkar said.To contact the reporter on this story: Dara Doyle in Dublin at ddoyle1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 66/79   UN chief says UN facing worst cash crisis in nearly 10 years
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    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the United Nations is facing its 'worst cash crisis' in nearly a decade because 64 of its 193 members have not paid their annual dues — including the United States, its largest contributor.  According to the U.N., 129 countries had paid $1.99 billion in dues for the U.N.'s 2019 operating budget by Tuesday.  Because of the U.S. government's budget calendar, Washington usually pays its dues in October.

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the United Nations is facing its 'worst cash crisis' in nearly a decade because 64 of its 193 members have not paid their annual dues — including the United States, its largest contributor. According to the U.N., 129 countries had paid $1.99 billion in dues for the U.N.'s 2019 operating budget by Tuesday. Because of the U.S. government's budget calendar, Washington usually pays its dues in October.


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  • 67/79   Britain's Brexit talks with EU on verge of collapse
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    Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union teetered on the brink of collapse on Tuesday, with tit-for-tat claims of intransigence and sabotage before an end of October deadline.  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he tried to salvage new divorce terms he has proposed ahead of next week's pivotal EU summit in Brussels.

    Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union teetered on the brink of collapse on Tuesday, with tit-for-tat claims of intransigence and sabotage before an end of October deadline. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he tried to salvage new divorce terms he has proposed ahead of next week's pivotal EU summit in Brussels.


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  • 68/79   UN meets on North Korea missile test which Europeans condemn
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    The U.N. Security Council discussed North Korea's latest test of an underwater-launched ballistic missile Tuesday and its European members urged Pyongyang to abandon all weapons of mass destruction and engage in 'meaningful negotiations' with the United States.  The Europeans read a joint statement after the closed meeting condemning the Oct. 3 test and a series of short-range ballistic missile launches in the previous weeks.  The statement called the launches 'provocative actions' that are 'in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions,' which ban ballistic missile launches.

    The U.N. Security Council discussed North Korea's latest test of an underwater-launched ballistic missile Tuesday and its European members urged Pyongyang to abandon all weapons of mass destruction and engage in 'meaningful negotiations' with the United States. The Europeans read a joint statement after the closed meeting condemning the Oct. 3 test and a series of short-range ballistic missile launches in the previous weeks. The statement called the launches 'provocative actions' that are 'in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions,' which ban ballistic missile launches.


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  • 69/79   Trudeau Liberals Face Battle Over Pocket Books In Canada’s Ohio
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    (Bloomberg) -- Justin Trudeau’s Liberals swept to power in 2015 on a surge of support from suburban Toronto voters such as Sohaila Khoda, an Iranian-Canadian who was once a fan of the Canadian prime minister. Four years later, she’s considering his rival.“We’re getting to the time that we have to go Conservative,” Khoda said after attending a boisterous all-candidates debate at a community center in Richmond Hill, Ontario, a city just north of Toronto. “The Liberals are going to lose seats.”Like Ohio in the U.S., the sprawling suburbs around Toronto will likely dictate who will win the Oct. 21 election. After sweeping the diverse, immigrant-rich region four years ago, the Liberals are in facing a difficult battle against Conservative Party led by Andrew Scheer in the bellwether region known for its 905 area code.While polls tip Trudeau to win the most seats, his party is riding neck and neck with the Conservatives in the popular vote. If the Liberals sink to a minority government, or lose the election, chances are it will be because Trudeau lost support in this key area over his handling of foreign policy issues such as Iran and China, and the soaring cost of living.Khoda came to the evening debate seeking answers from Liberal incumbent Majid Jowhari on his position of resuming ties with Iran -- a country she fled 33 years ago -- even though she has made her choice. The Liberals’ views on Iran, and “upsetting” efforts dealing with the U.S. on trade, led her to switch support to Conservative candidate Costas MenegakisOthers packing the gym suggest a close two-way battle between the Liberals and Conservatives in a riding pollsters say favors the incumbents.“I think Majid Jowhari has a good chance,” said Mohammad Mahmoudzadeh, 66, chairman of a local construction firm, though he no longer expects the Liberals to win a majority government.The Richmond Hill riding has about 110,000 people with a median total household income of C$73,563 ($55,245), similar to Ontario’s provincial average. Three out of every five people here are immigrants, of which 72% are from Asia -- led by China, Iran and Hong Kong, according to the country’s statistics agency. Almost two thirds of the population view themselves as “first generation” Canadians.Surburban IssuesRichmond Hill is one of 25 ridings in the 905 that includes the cities of Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan and Markham. They’re family-oriented communities whose homeowners carry large mortgages, leaving little left over for spending elsewhere and often commute to Toronto for work, where lack of public transit is a perennial complaint.In 2015, the Liberals captured all of Toronto’s 25 ridings and all but three of the suburban districts, helping Trudeau win a majority government with 184 of the 338 seats in Parliament. But the seats often flip. In 2011, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives captured most of the suburbs and parts of Toronto to gain a majority. The two regions together make up 50 seats, accounting for 15% of the entire country.“Since the early 1960s the suburban belt around Toronto has determined which party comes to power and whether it’s going to be a majority or minority,” Nelson Wiseman, a University of Toronto political science professor who specializes in Canadian politics, said in a phone interview. “And in this election, the Liberals are going to sustain significant losses -- they might lose half of those seats.”Winning this region involves swinging votes by a couple percentage points and the Liberals are playing defense versus 2015, when Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” mantra of hope appealed to Canadians wanting change after nearly a decade of Conservative rule, Wiseman said. He anticipates lower voter turnout this time, especially among younger Canadians, which favors the Conservatives since they tend to gain the older vote.The Liberals and Conservatives are in a dead heat in the second-last week of the campaign. They each have 34% support, according to aggregate polling averages compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., with the New Democratic Party in third at 14%. Trudeau was projected to win 153 seats as of Tuesday.At Hillcrest Mall, one of Richmond Hill’s biggest shopping centers, voters were divided. For Soroush Yousefi, 23, voting Conservative is a no-brainer even though he backed Trudeau four years earlier. Scheer’s tax cuts and promises to boost the economy.Pocket Book“Back then, a lot of the things Trudeau promised seemed better, but since he’s been in power, everything has been going downhill,” said Yousefi, a sales associate, who points to the lofty cost of housing. “Everything just keeps getting more and more expensive and the jobs aren’t paying enough to keep up with your expenses.”A few stores away, employee Emma Hamilton said she’s probably voting Liberal.“I’ve been working 40 hours the entire summer each week just to save up for school so my biggest concern is everybody’s stance toward education and I don’t like the direction the Conservatives are going,” Hamilton, 20, said while closing shop after a late weeknight shift. “I feel like Trudeau’s all talk as well, so I’d like to vote NDP, but they never win.”Noone at the mall or community center took issue with Trudeau’s blackface controversy, photos of him in dark make up as a younger man, released earlier in the campaign.Even Richmond Hill’s mayor wouldn’t predict the outcome of the federal contest in his backyard during an Oct. 2 phone interview.“It’ll be very close and it might end up being a party where the two governments have to work together,” Mayor Dave Barrow said.To contact the reporters on this story: Doug Alexander in Toronto at dalexander3@bloomberg.net;Natalie Wong in Toronto at nwong133@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net, Jacqueline Thorpe, Stephen WicaryFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Justin Trudeau’s Liberals swept to power in 2015 on a surge of support from suburban Toronto voters such as Sohaila Khoda, an Iranian-Canadian who was once a fan of the Canadian prime minister. Four years later, she’s considering his rival.“We’re getting to the time that we have to go Conservative,” Khoda said after attending a boisterous all-candidates debate at a community center in Richmond Hill, Ontario, a city just north of Toronto. “The Liberals are going to lose seats.”Like Ohio in the U.S., the sprawling suburbs around Toronto will likely dictate who will win the Oct. 21 election. After sweeping the diverse, immigrant-rich region four years ago, the Liberals are in facing a difficult battle against Conservative Party led by Andrew Scheer in the bellwether region known for its 905 area code.While polls tip Trudeau to win the most seats, his party is riding neck and neck with the Conservatives in the popular vote. If the Liberals sink to a minority government, or lose the election, chances are it will be because Trudeau lost support in this key area over his handling of foreign policy issues such as Iran and China, and the soaring cost of living.Khoda came to the evening debate seeking answers from Liberal incumbent Majid Jowhari on his position of resuming ties with Iran -- a country she fled 33 years ago -- even though she has made her choice. The Liberals’ views on Iran, and “upsetting” efforts dealing with the U.S. on trade, led her to switch support to Conservative candidate Costas MenegakisOthers packing the gym suggest a close two-way battle between the Liberals and Conservatives in a riding pollsters say favors the incumbents.“I think Majid Jowhari has a good chance,” said Mohammad Mahmoudzadeh, 66, chairman of a local construction firm, though he no longer expects the Liberals to win a majority government.The Richmond Hill riding has about 110,000 people with a median total household income of C$73,563 ($55,245), similar to Ontario’s provincial average. Three out of every five people here are immigrants, of which 72% are from Asia -- led by China, Iran and Hong Kong, according to the country’s statistics agency. Almost two thirds of the population view themselves as “first generation” Canadians.Surburban IssuesRichmond Hill is one of 25 ridings in the 905 that includes the cities of Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan and Markham. They’re family-oriented communities whose homeowners carry large mortgages, leaving little left over for spending elsewhere and often commute to Toronto for work, where lack of public transit is a perennial complaint.In 2015, the Liberals captured all of Toronto’s 25 ridings and all but three of the suburban districts, helping Trudeau win a majority government with 184 of the 338 seats in Parliament. But the seats often flip. In 2011, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives captured most of the suburbs and parts of Toronto to gain a majority. The two regions together make up 50 seats, accounting for 15% of the entire country.“Since the early 1960s the suburban belt around Toronto has determined which party comes to power and whether it’s going to be a majority or minority,” Nelson Wiseman, a University of Toronto political science professor who specializes in Canadian politics, said in a phone interview. “And in this election, the Liberals are going to sustain significant losses -- they might lose half of those seats.”Winning this region involves swinging votes by a couple percentage points and the Liberals are playing defense versus 2015, when Trudeau’s “Sunny Ways” mantra of hope appealed to Canadians wanting change after nearly a decade of Conservative rule, Wiseman said. He anticipates lower voter turnout this time, especially among younger Canadians, which favors the Conservatives since they tend to gain the older vote.The Liberals and Conservatives are in a dead heat in the second-last week of the campaign. They each have 34% support, according to aggregate polling averages compiled by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., with the New Democratic Party in third at 14%. Trudeau was projected to win 153 seats as of Tuesday.At Hillcrest Mall, one of Richmond Hill’s biggest shopping centers, voters were divided. For Soroush Yousefi, 23, voting Conservative is a no-brainer even though he backed Trudeau four years earlier. Scheer’s tax cuts and promises to boost the economy.Pocket Book“Back then, a lot of the things Trudeau promised seemed better, but since he’s been in power, everything has been going downhill,” said Yousefi, a sales associate, who points to the lofty cost of housing. “Everything just keeps getting more and more expensive and the jobs aren’t paying enough to keep up with your expenses.”A few stores away, employee Emma Hamilton said she’s probably voting Liberal.“I’ve been working 40 hours the entire summer each week just to save up for school so my biggest concern is everybody’s stance toward education and I don’t like the direction the Conservatives are going,” Hamilton, 20, said while closing shop after a late weeknight shift. “I feel like Trudeau’s all talk as well, so I’d like to vote NDP, but they never win.”Noone at the mall or community center took issue with Trudeau’s blackface controversy, photos of him in dark make up as a younger man, released earlier in the campaign.Even Richmond Hill’s mayor wouldn’t predict the outcome of the federal contest in his backyard during an Oct. 2 phone interview.“It’ll be very close and it might end up being a party where the two governments have to work together,” Mayor Dave Barrow said.To contact the reporters on this story: Doug Alexander in Toronto at dalexander3@bloomberg.net;Natalie Wong in Toronto at nwong133@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net, Jacqueline Thorpe, Stephen WicaryFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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