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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   Iranian claims oil tanker hit off coast of Saudi Arabia
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    Iran claimed yesterday that one of its oil tankers had been struck with missiles off the coast of Saudi Arabia, however the incident was shrouded in mystery. Iranian media claimed the vessel was hit on Friday morning about 60 miles from the Saudi port of Jeddah, causing it to leak oil into the Red Sea. The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said the ship was damaged but stable and denied reports it had been set ablaze. Tensions have been high since the Spring after an Iranian tanker suspected of carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions was seized off Gibraltar. In retaliation, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard impounded British-flagged tanker Stena Impero. Then last month Saudi’s oil fields were hit by a large-scale missile and drone attack it blamed on Tehran, which saw production plummet and oil prices soar. Iran's foreign ministry claimed the vessel, which was first named as Sinopa before it was identified as the Sabiti, had been "targeted twice" but did not provide further details. On Friday morning, an unnamed source told Iran media the vessel was struck by missiles "probably" originating from Saudi Arabia, but Iran’s national oil company later denied the claim. Iranian tanker attack Pictures released on Iranian media later showed no discernible damage and no evidence of any fire. TankerTrackers, which monitors oil exports, told the Telegraph there was no independent evidence to suggest the vessel had been hit.  “Had she been struck, they wouldn't be sailing back as fast as they are sailing right now. She's moving at 10 knots an hour," they said. “(Iran is) fishing for higher prices, trying to remind the world that geopolitical risk is its way of controlling the oil market." Oil prices surged two per cent on the news. Publicly-available ship tracking records show both ships are currently in the Red Sea. The Sinopa turned its transmitter on earlier this week for the first time in more than 50 days. The Sabiti, meanwhile, turned its tracker on early Friday after nearly 60 days of no transmissions. It is common for Iranian tankers to turn off automatic identification systems (AIS) to avoid detection - often to evade international sanctions or harassment from Saudi Arabia. TankerTrackers said this suggested the Sabiti, laden with one million barrels of oil may have been heading for Syria. However, it declared the Gulf as its destination. Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, an analyst at Nordea Markets, said it was not the particulars of the latest incident that were worrying traders but the fear of worse to come. "The risk premium is rising... not because the tanker per se contains enough oil to squeeze the market,” she said. “But the risk that this incident will be retaliated or more attacks would come either in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Iraq."

    Iran claimed yesterday that one of its oil tankers had been struck with missiles off the coast of Saudi Arabia, however the incident was shrouded in mystery. Iranian media claimed the vessel was hit on Friday morning about 60 miles from the Saudi port of Jeddah, causing it to leak oil into the Red Sea. The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said the ship was damaged but stable and denied reports it had been set ablaze. Tensions have been high since the Spring after an Iranian tanker suspected of carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions was seized off Gibraltar. In retaliation, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard impounded British-flagged tanker Stena Impero. Then last month Saudi’s oil fields were hit by a large-scale missile and drone attack it blamed on Tehran, which saw production plummet and oil prices soar. Iran's foreign ministry claimed the vessel, which was first named as Sinopa before it was identified as the Sabiti, had been "targeted twice" but did not provide further details. On Friday morning, an unnamed source told Iran media the vessel was struck by missiles "probably" originating from Saudi Arabia, but Iran’s national oil company later denied the claim. Iranian tanker attack Pictures released on Iranian media later showed no discernible damage and no evidence of any fire. TankerTrackers, which monitors oil exports, told the Telegraph there was no independent evidence to suggest the vessel had been hit.  “Had she been struck, they wouldn't be sailing back as fast as they are sailing right now. She's moving at 10 knots an hour," they said. “(Iran is) fishing for higher prices, trying to remind the world that geopolitical risk is its way of controlling the oil market." Oil prices surged two per cent on the news. Publicly-available ship tracking records show both ships are currently in the Red Sea. The Sinopa turned its transmitter on earlier this week for the first time in more than 50 days. The Sabiti, meanwhile, turned its tracker on early Friday after nearly 60 days of no transmissions. It is common for Iranian tankers to turn off automatic identification systems (AIS) to avoid detection - often to evade international sanctions or harassment from Saudi Arabia. TankerTrackers said this suggested the Sabiti, laden with one million barrels of oil may have been heading for Syria. However, it declared the Gulf as its destination. Thina Margrethe Saltvedt, an analyst at Nordea Markets, said it was not the particulars of the latest incident that were worrying traders but the fear of worse to come. "The risk premium is rising... not because the tanker per se contains enough oil to squeeze the market,” she said. “But the risk that this incident will be retaliated or more attacks would come either in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Iraq."


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  • 20/79   EU Council chief calls on Turkey to stop drilling off Cyprus
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    The president of the European Council urged Turkey Friday to stop 'illegal' drilling off Cyprus, saying those activities harm efforts to reunify the ethnically split island nation and undermine Ankara's relations with the EU.  Donald Tusk said his presence in the war-divided Cypriot capital is a demonstration of the European Union's 'full solidarity' with member-state Cyprus.  Last week, Turkey stepped up its actions by dispatching a warship-escorted drill ship to waters where the Cypriot government licensed Italian energy company Eni and partner Total of France to conduct an oil and gas search.

    The president of the European Council urged Turkey Friday to stop 'illegal' drilling off Cyprus, saying those activities harm efforts to reunify the ethnically split island nation and undermine Ankara's relations with the EU. Donald Tusk said his presence in the war-divided Cypriot capital is a demonstration of the European Union's 'full solidarity' with member-state Cyprus. Last week, Turkey stepped up its actions by dispatching a warship-escorted drill ship to waters where the Cypriot government licensed Italian energy company Eni and partner Total of France to conduct an oil and gas search.


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  • 21/79   Rising Brexit deal expectations send pound and bank shares soaring - live updates
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    Brexit latest: Michel Barnier gets green light for 'tunnel' negotiations UK-focused shares leap as investors price in increased expectations of a deal Pound continues to gain ground as Brexit talks gain momentum Ryan Bourne: How can we reach political agreement when economists can't decide on the facts?? 1:46PM Hopes of a deal 'reduce likelihood' of a Corbyn government Whether or not caution is warranted, there is little disagreement among analysts that the pound's end of week surge is remarkable.  It may be that the prospect of dodging a no-deal exit is not the only thing buoying markets though. A deal could also reduce the chances Jeremy Corbyn reaching No. 10, according to Seema Shah of Principal Global Investors:  “The pound’s jump versus both the euro and the dollar is propelled by twin jets – firstly, the prospect of an end to Brexit limbo and secondly, the fact that a deal reduces the likelihood of a Corbyn-led government at the next election, together with the spectre of nationalisation and aggressive corporate tax hikes.  Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP Further gains are possible, Shah said but there is a limit to what investors can hope for:  “Sunnier prospects, if sustained, could see sterling pushing even higher within the coming weeks - although a return to the pre-referendum $1.50 remains unlikely. After all, the endless negotiations and haze of uncertainty of the past three years has taken its toll on the UK economy. Furthermore, the UK will still likely endure some economic pain on leaving the EU, even with a deal. Investors should be mindful of over-exuberance in the months ahead, especially while the new deal remains in negotiation stage.” And some more from Neil Wilson at Markets.com: “The rally over the last two days has been astonishing - up four big figures in less than two sessions, it's on course for one of its best two-day rallies in about 25 years. Now that negotiations are in the tunnel phase we should anticipate a lot less news flow but there will be just as much speculation as ever - watch for how the Lab and Lib Dem, ERG and DUP sound on the state of things - ultimately MPs have to back it.” 1:31PM Brexit negotiations - a note of caution Markets have responded positively to news that the EU is preparing for negotiations with UK officials. But some are sounding a note of caution.  The Telegraph's Europe Editor Peter Foster warns those hoping for a deal not to ice the champagne just yet: Right. Before we ice the champers, am hearing notes of caution. So definitely a 'negotiation'...but at this point somewhat exploratory. Understand @SteveBarclay didn't bring hard details to meet with @MichelBarnier today. /1 https://t.co/gCnKmX2UvI— Peter Foster (@pmdfoster) October 11, 2019 Neil Wilson, analyst at Markets.com, also urged a little scepticism:  "[The prospect of closed-door negotiations] does not, however, mean a final deal will be presented, nor that MPs will back the deal that may be presented to them in due course. There are yet some considerable barriers to clear before we can say that a deal is going to be done. Theresa May's team didn't have it easy in the tunnel, but it did lead to a deal on paper that could be voted on. And at least it does suggest we've come a fair distance in the last few days - something that did not appear possible." 1:05PM Prospect of detailed negotiations sends sterling to three-month high Sterling just keeps on rising... The EU looks set to give the green light for in-depth negotiations on the detail of a possible Brexit deal. The move would see UK and EU negotiators enter into intensive confidential negotiations, in a process known as "entering the tunnel".  The reports have led currency traders to strengthen their bets on the pound, which reached its highest level since the beginning of July. The pound rose as high as $1.2671 and €1.1462.  12:09PM Biggest two-day rally for sterling since Brexit referendum Biggest two day rally on GBP since June 2016 - approaching 1.26 handleGBP +0.92% against other currenciesGBPUSD 1.25884 +1.17%EURGBP 0.87632 -0.93%GBPAUD 1.85242 +0.68%GBPJPY 136.296 +1.47%GBPCAD 1.67135 +1.1%GBPCHF 1.25647 +1.31%GBPEUR 1.14114 +0.94%— IGSquawk (@IGSquawk) October 11, 2019 The pound almost hit $1.26 a few minutes ago and is now on its biggest two-day tear in over three years.  11:30AM Pound rises again after 'constructive' UK-EU talks Stephen Barclay's meeting with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has ended. Irish broadcaster RTE is reporting that the talks were "constructive".  The Commission was in contact with Ireland and President Tusk, continuous contacts in order to be "on the same page." We are working towards a deal, if there is a will there is a way— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) October 11, 2019  The pound has now jumped to more than $1.25 against the dollar and €1.138 against the European single currency.  Markets Hub - US Dollar 11:20AM Banks and builders lift off on hopes of a Brexit deal Turning back to the FTSE, UK-focused companies have risen sharply this morning.   Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds banking group are both up more than 8pc.  Investors in British housebuilders are also sitting on big paper gains. The following FTSE 100 builders have all made major in-roads today: Barratt Developments: +8pc Persimmon: +7.7pc Taylor Wimpey: +6.8pc Berkeley: +6.8pc 11:02AM EXCLUSIVE: Coventry Building Society boss to retire Credit: Robert Convery / Alamy Breaking news from our Banking Editor Lucy Burton. The boss of Coventry Building Society is set to step down. Here are the details: Sources have told The Telegraph that Mark Parsons, the chief executive of Coventry Building Society and one of the best paid building society bosses in Britain with a £863,000 salary, is retiring after five years in the role. It is not clear who will be replacing him. The company could announce his exit as soon as today, sources said. Parsons has led the building society since 2014, having previously worked in Barclays' retail and business banking divisions for eight years. Earlier in his career, he spent time at Abbey National and PwC. He remains a board member of industry body UK Finance. 10:53AM Renault axes boss in bid to cut Carlos Ghosn links Thierry Bollore was Carlos Ghosn's second-in-command.  Credit:  TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP Renault has ousted chief executive Thierry Bollore just days after partner Nissan selected a new boss as the two car manufacturers try to move past the fallout from Carlos Ghosn's arrest over allegations of financial misconduct, which he has denied.  Bollore, who served as Ghosn’s second-in-command before taking the helm in January, will leave immediately. Long-time boss Ghosn led the Renault-Nissan alliance for years but the partnership unravelled following his arrest last year. The saga lifted the lid on severe tensions in the relationship and shortcomings in corporate governance.  Renault’s board has named finance boss Clotilde Delbos as interim chief executive.  10:37AM Rollercoaster ride for the pound as Tusk speaks Credit:  Petros Karadjias/AP Sterling has had a rollercoaster ride in the past 30 minutes. President of the European Council Donald Tusk sent currency traders scrambling when he said that the "time is practically up" for Britain to reach a Brexit deal. Sterling had been at 3-week high but sank to just above $1.24 just minutes after eclipsing the $1.25 barrier. The pound recovered as Tusk continued speaking. The chances of a no-deal outcome were considered to have reduced after he spoke of "promising signals" from Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar that a deal was possible.  Here is what Tusk said on Brexit: President Tusk's remarks today on Brexit, ahead of next week's EUCO Full statement text: https://t.co/a1WUsL82HE Video: https://t.co/oyTqZwjxDApic.twitter.com/Q1Nv93HsY5— EU Arauzo (@EU_Arauzo) October 11, 2019 10:21AM Thomas Cook's demise is competitors' gain Travel company Dart Group, the owner of Jet2, has boosted its profit outlook this morning, saying the the collapse of Thomas Cook has led to a surge in customer interest.  Markets Hub - Dart Group PLC Shares jumped more than 15pc in morning trading. Fellow travel companies Tui and On The Beach also saw gains of 6pc and 3pc, respectively, as investors bet on other travel companies benefiting from the collapse of Britain's oldest travel company.  9:53AM Pound at highest in over two weeks The pound has jumped to within a whisker of $1.25 in the past few minutes as its rally continues.  Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is in Brussels this morning, where he had a working breakfast with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in search of a breakthrough on the current Brexit impasse.   9:30AM Pound rallies on Brexit deal optimism The pound rallied strongly yesterday, delivering its best performance in seven months as traders priced in rising expectations of a transition deal being struck between the UK and the EU. Talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar lasted almost three hours. They went well enough that the Taoiseach felt a deal was possible by the end of October.    But Michael Hewson at CMC markets is among those urging caution: "Given we’ve been here so many times before this optimism needs to be tempered by the fact that any deal would have to be approved not only by the EU, but by MPs here as well, and MPs track record on agreeing on anything in recent months hasn’t been particularly great.  With this in mind this optimism could well be short-lived with any progress likely to be as elusive as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You can keep up with the latest developments on Brexit on our separate live blog here:  BREXIT LATEST: Michel Barnier meets with Stephen Barclay amid renewed hopes for Brexit breakthrough 9:10AM Morning round-up Telegraph Business  is littered with exclusives this morning. Here are two more. First, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom is prepared to seek further assurances on the foreign takeover of defence firm Cobham after its sale was blasted by the former head of MI6.  You can read what the Business Secretary told our reporter James Cook here:  Leadsom prepared to seek new national security pledge on Cobham takeover ?If you need to get up to speed on the proposed deal, take a look at this timeline of the bid: Cobham takeover timeline Second, a shadow was cast over the rescue deal for Thomas Cook's travel stores last night as it emerged that almost a tenth of the 555 shops bought by Hays Travel are within 100 metres of its existing estate.  You can read the story here:  Mass closure fears for former Thomas Cook stores near shops owned by buyer Hays ?Hays Travel boss John Hays started the business at the back of his mother's childrenswear shop in 1980. Now it has 745 branches, including the Thomas Cook shops.  Hays told The Telegraph last night that between 50 and 100 of the 555 stores had already reopened yesterday, the first day after the deal was announced.  Hays faces an uphill battle to make a success of the plan in the face of a struggling high street and fierce online competition. But there are important differences between it and the collapsed Thomas Cook, not least that it does not have to prop up an ailing airline.  I've taken a look at the challenges facing the deal and the reasons for Hays' optimism here: Work starts now for Hays Travel to save future of Thomas Cook stores And here is a look at some of the key numbers behind the acquisition and the industry: Agents of change - Thomas Cook, Hays Travel 8:46AM Markets rising but pound holds back FTSE big-hitters Time to check in on the stock markets... The FTSE 100 has slipped after signals of a possible compromise on a Brexit deal sparked a the surge in the pound yesterday evening. The blue-chip index is down 0.5pc this morning.  Markets Hub I FTSE 100 The more domestically-focused FTSE 250 is up, however. The mid-cap index is less exposed to currency fluctuations.  In Europe, the main indices are all trading between 0.2 and 0.8pc higher.  For more details, use the tool at the top of this blog to follow UK and global equity markets as well as currency movements.  8:24AM US economy: Who decides the facts? Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP US negotiators are busy trying to find common ground with Chinese officials but they're harder pressed than ever to do the same with their domestic opponents.  Ryan Bourne writes for that whatever our disagreements it’s comforting to believe that certain realities are beyond reasonable dispute. But in the present fraught political and economic discourse, that is no longer the case, he says - even among economists:  "...even basic “facts” about the economy in the US are today wrangled over. Republicans and Democrats there don’t just disagree about the wisdom of certain policy ideas or whether observed trends in certain metrics are worrisome." Read Ryan's column:  How can we reach political agreement when economists can't decide on the facts? 8:19AM Trump teases China over trade talks Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I meet with the Vice Premier tomorrow at The White House.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019 US and Chinese negotiation teams are set to continue discussions today after a seemingly positive start to two days of meetins in Washington yesterday.  US President Donald Trump said "we had a very, very good negotiation with China". A White House official said the talks had gone "probably better than expected".  But Trump couldn't resist teasing his Chinese counterparts via his favourite social media platform:  "Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I meet with the Vice Premier tomorrow at The White House."  8:07AM BREAK: Oil price jumps on reports of oil tanker 'missile strike' Two missiles struck the Iran-owned Sinopa oil tanker setting it ablaze off the Saudi port of Jeddah, Iranian state TV reported this morning. "Two missiles hit the Iran-owned ship near the Jeddah port city of Saudi Arabia," local media said, quoting the National Iranian Oil Company.  The oil price has jumped 1.3pc. We will bring you more news as the story develops. Markets Hub I Brent Spot 8:01AM Exclusive: Hargreaves Lansdown clashes with pro-Brexit founder Hargreaves Lansdown has clashed with its eponymous founder and largest shareholder Peter Hargreaves over how the company handles its political donations.  The FTSE 100 company postponed a routine vote on political donations at its annual meeting yesterday following "shareholder feedback".  My colleague Harriet Russell has more:  Sources familiar with the fund investment platform told The Telegraphthat Mr Hargreaves, a staunch Brexiteer, believes the company he founded should be able to hold stronger political convictions. Executives at Hargreaves Lansdown favour a more neutral approach. Hargreaves pulled the vote from the AGM schedule at the start of the meeting citing "shareholder feedback", before  later stating it was "consulting with shareholders in relation to this resolution." Read Harriet's full report: Hargreaves Lansdown clashes with pro-Brexit founder over political donations Markets Hub - Hargreaves Lansdown PLC   7:53AM City watchdog slaps broker with £15m fine for misconduct by brokers Credit:  Chris Helgren/ REUTERS The City watchdog has this morning fined broker Tullett Prebon £15.4m for improper trading and for not being open and co-operative with investigators.  Tullett Prebon, now part of FTSE 250 firm TP Icap, had "ineffective controls around broker conduct", the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found. The company carried out "wash trades" - transactions with no legitimate commercial purpose - to generate "unwarranted and unusually high amounts of brokerage for the firm", the FCA said. Read the full report here: City watchdog slaps TP Icap with £15m fine for misconduct by brokers 7:32AM Agenda: Sterling and markets jump on Brexit and trade talks Good morning. Sterling rose from just over $1.22 to $1.24 during two hours of intense trading yesterday, climbing 1.4pc as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar tried to reach a compromise over the term of Britain’s exit from the EU. At one point sterling was on track for its best day in more than three years before a slight pullback late in the day.? 5 things to start your day 1) HMV’s rescuer is taking a punt on the revival of vinyl and the British high street with a new mega-store in Birmingham. Canadian music mogul Doug Putman is today opening the Vault, a 25,000 sq ft site in the city centre which it claims will be one of Europe's biggest entertainment shops. 2) The three chilling charts keeping central bankers up at night. Who would be a central banker in the post-financial crisis world? After single-handedly dragging the economy out of one mess, rate-setters around the globe have the thankless task of battling new threats, ranging from credit bubbles to deflation. 3) Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom is prepared to seek further assurances on the foreign takeover of defence firm Cobham after its sale was blasted by the former head of MI6. Mrs Leadsom said that she has already demanded guarantees from the contractor's US buyer Advent that jobs and factories will not be axed in Britain - but added “other agreements” may still be reached in the interests of national security. 4) The acquisition of Thomas Cook’s entire UK store estate by family-run Hays Travel is a fairytale ending to a nightmare month for staff of one of Britain’s best-loved brands. But the hard work to make the deal a success starts now.  Agents of change - Thomas Cook, Hays Travel 5) British Airways boss says Heathrow is unlikely to get a third runway due to environmental concerns: Willie Walsh said the huge project to boost capacity at Europe's busiest air travel hub is likely to fall flat despite finally winning approval from Parliament last year. What happened overnight Asian shares rose on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet with China's top trade negotiator, stirring hopes for an agreement, while sterling was flat after earlier jumping on optimism over a potential Brexit deal. The Hang Seng index added 2.2pc, putting it on course for its best day since September 4. The CSI300 index rose 0.5pc at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4pc. Japan's Nikkei stock index gained 1pc.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.2pc, following on from gains on Wall Street.  Top US and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a first day of trade talks in more than two months on Thursday as business groups expressed optimism the two sides might be able to ease a 15-month trade war and delay a US tariff hike scheduled for next week. US President Donald Trump said "we had a very, very good negotiation with China", while a White House official said the talks had gone "probably better than expected". Coming up today Trading update: Jupiter Fund Management, Man Group Economics: Consumer price index (Germany), Import and export price indices (US)

    Brexit latest: Michel Barnier gets green light for 'tunnel' negotiations UK-focused shares leap as investors price in increased expectations of a deal Pound continues to gain ground as Brexit talks gain momentum Ryan Bourne: How can we reach political agreement when economists can't decide on the facts?? 1:46PM Hopes of a deal 'reduce likelihood' of a Corbyn government Whether or not caution is warranted, there is little disagreement among analysts that the pound's end of week surge is remarkable.  It may be that the prospect of dodging a no-deal exit is not the only thing buoying markets though. A deal could also reduce the chances Jeremy Corbyn reaching No. 10, according to Seema Shah of Principal Global Investors:  “The pound’s jump versus both the euro and the dollar is propelled by twin jets – firstly, the prospect of an end to Brexit limbo and secondly, the fact that a deal reduces the likelihood of a Corbyn-led government at the next election, together with the spectre of nationalisation and aggressive corporate tax hikes.  Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP Further gains are possible, Shah said but there is a limit to what investors can hope for:  “Sunnier prospects, if sustained, could see sterling pushing even higher within the coming weeks - although a return to the pre-referendum $1.50 remains unlikely. After all, the endless negotiations and haze of uncertainty of the past three years has taken its toll on the UK economy. Furthermore, the UK will still likely endure some economic pain on leaving the EU, even with a deal. Investors should be mindful of over-exuberance in the months ahead, especially while the new deal remains in negotiation stage.” And some more from Neil Wilson at Markets.com: “The rally over the last two days has been astonishing - up four big figures in less than two sessions, it's on course for one of its best two-day rallies in about 25 years. Now that negotiations are in the tunnel phase we should anticipate a lot less news flow but there will be just as much speculation as ever - watch for how the Lab and Lib Dem, ERG and DUP sound on the state of things - ultimately MPs have to back it.” 1:31PM Brexit negotiations - a note of caution Markets have responded positively to news that the EU is preparing for negotiations with UK officials. But some are sounding a note of caution.  The Telegraph's Europe Editor Peter Foster warns those hoping for a deal not to ice the champagne just yet: Right. Before we ice the champers, am hearing notes of caution. So definitely a 'negotiation'...but at this point somewhat exploratory. Understand @SteveBarclay didn't bring hard details to meet with @MichelBarnier today. /1 https://t.co/gCnKmX2UvI— Peter Foster (@pmdfoster) October 11, 2019 Neil Wilson, analyst at Markets.com, also urged a little scepticism:  "[The prospect of closed-door negotiations] does not, however, mean a final deal will be presented, nor that MPs will back the deal that may be presented to them in due course. There are yet some considerable barriers to clear before we can say that a deal is going to be done. Theresa May's team didn't have it easy in the tunnel, but it did lead to a deal on paper that could be voted on. And at least it does suggest we've come a fair distance in the last few days - something that did not appear possible." 1:05PM Prospect of detailed negotiations sends sterling to three-month high Sterling just keeps on rising... The EU looks set to give the green light for in-depth negotiations on the detail of a possible Brexit deal. The move would see UK and EU negotiators enter into intensive confidential negotiations, in a process known as "entering the tunnel".  The reports have led currency traders to strengthen their bets on the pound, which reached its highest level since the beginning of July. The pound rose as high as $1.2671 and €1.1462.  12:09PM Biggest two-day rally for sterling since Brexit referendum Biggest two day rally on GBP since June 2016 - approaching 1.26 handleGBP +0.92% against other currenciesGBPUSD 1.25884 +1.17%EURGBP 0.87632 -0.93%GBPAUD 1.85242 +0.68%GBPJPY 136.296 +1.47%GBPCAD 1.67135 +1.1%GBPCHF 1.25647 +1.31%GBPEUR 1.14114 +0.94%— IGSquawk (@IGSquawk) October 11, 2019 The pound almost hit $1.26 a few minutes ago and is now on its biggest two-day tear in over three years.  11:30AM Pound rises again after 'constructive' UK-EU talks Stephen Barclay's meeting with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has ended. Irish broadcaster RTE is reporting that the talks were "constructive".  The Commission was in contact with Ireland and President Tusk, continuous contacts in order to be "on the same page." We are working towards a deal, if there is a will there is a way— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) October 11, 2019  The pound has now jumped to more than $1.25 against the dollar and €1.138 against the European single currency.  Markets Hub - US Dollar 11:20AM Banks and builders lift off on hopes of a Brexit deal Turning back to the FTSE, UK-focused companies have risen sharply this morning.   Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds banking group are both up more than 8pc.  Investors in British housebuilders are also sitting on big paper gains. The following FTSE 100 builders have all made major in-roads today: Barratt Developments: +8pc Persimmon: +7.7pc Taylor Wimpey: +6.8pc Berkeley: +6.8pc 11:02AM EXCLUSIVE: Coventry Building Society boss to retire Credit: Robert Convery / Alamy Breaking news from our Banking Editor Lucy Burton. The boss of Coventry Building Society is set to step down. Here are the details: Sources have told The Telegraph that Mark Parsons, the chief executive of Coventry Building Society and one of the best paid building society bosses in Britain with a £863,000 salary, is retiring after five years in the role. It is not clear who will be replacing him. The company could announce his exit as soon as today, sources said. Parsons has led the building society since 2014, having previously worked in Barclays' retail and business banking divisions for eight years. Earlier in his career, he spent time at Abbey National and PwC. He remains a board member of industry body UK Finance. 10:53AM Renault axes boss in bid to cut Carlos Ghosn links Thierry Bollore was Carlos Ghosn's second-in-command.  Credit:  TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP Renault has ousted chief executive Thierry Bollore just days after partner Nissan selected a new boss as the two car manufacturers try to move past the fallout from Carlos Ghosn's arrest over allegations of financial misconduct, which he has denied.  Bollore, who served as Ghosn’s second-in-command before taking the helm in January, will leave immediately. Long-time boss Ghosn led the Renault-Nissan alliance for years but the partnership unravelled following his arrest last year. The saga lifted the lid on severe tensions in the relationship and shortcomings in corporate governance.  Renault’s board has named finance boss Clotilde Delbos as interim chief executive.  10:37AM Rollercoaster ride for the pound as Tusk speaks Credit:  Petros Karadjias/AP Sterling has had a rollercoaster ride in the past 30 minutes. President of the European Council Donald Tusk sent currency traders scrambling when he said that the "time is practically up" for Britain to reach a Brexit deal. Sterling had been at 3-week high but sank to just above $1.24 just minutes after eclipsing the $1.25 barrier. The pound recovered as Tusk continued speaking. The chances of a no-deal outcome were considered to have reduced after he spoke of "promising signals" from Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar that a deal was possible.  Here is what Tusk said on Brexit: President Tusk's remarks today on Brexit, ahead of next week's EUCO Full statement text: https://t.co/a1WUsL82HE Video: https://t.co/oyTqZwjxDApic.twitter.com/Q1Nv93HsY5— EU Arauzo (@EU_Arauzo) October 11, 2019 10:21AM Thomas Cook's demise is competitors' gain Travel company Dart Group, the owner of Jet2, has boosted its profit outlook this morning, saying the the collapse of Thomas Cook has led to a surge in customer interest.  Markets Hub - Dart Group PLC Shares jumped more than 15pc in morning trading. Fellow travel companies Tui and On The Beach also saw gains of 6pc and 3pc, respectively, as investors bet on other travel companies benefiting from the collapse of Britain's oldest travel company.  9:53AM Pound at highest in over two weeks The pound has jumped to within a whisker of $1.25 in the past few minutes as its rally continues.  Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is in Brussels this morning, where he had a working breakfast with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in search of a breakthrough on the current Brexit impasse.   9:30AM Pound rallies on Brexit deal optimism The pound rallied strongly yesterday, delivering its best performance in seven months as traders priced in rising expectations of a transition deal being struck between the UK and the EU. Talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar lasted almost three hours. They went well enough that the Taoiseach felt a deal was possible by the end of October.    But Michael Hewson at CMC markets is among those urging caution: "Given we’ve been here so many times before this optimism needs to be tempered by the fact that any deal would have to be approved not only by the EU, but by MPs here as well, and MPs track record on agreeing on anything in recent months hasn’t been particularly great.  With this in mind this optimism could well be short-lived with any progress likely to be as elusive as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You can keep up with the latest developments on Brexit on our separate live blog here:  BREXIT LATEST: Michel Barnier meets with Stephen Barclay amid renewed hopes for Brexit breakthrough 9:10AM Morning round-up Telegraph Business  is littered with exclusives this morning. Here are two more. First, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom is prepared to seek further assurances on the foreign takeover of defence firm Cobham after its sale was blasted by the former head of MI6.  You can read what the Business Secretary told our reporter James Cook here:  Leadsom prepared to seek new national security pledge on Cobham takeover ?If you need to get up to speed on the proposed deal, take a look at this timeline of the bid: Cobham takeover timeline Second, a shadow was cast over the rescue deal for Thomas Cook's travel stores last night as it emerged that almost a tenth of the 555 shops bought by Hays Travel are within 100 metres of its existing estate.  You can read the story here:  Mass closure fears for former Thomas Cook stores near shops owned by buyer Hays ?Hays Travel boss John Hays started the business at the back of his mother's childrenswear shop in 1980. Now it has 745 branches, including the Thomas Cook shops.  Hays told The Telegraph last night that between 50 and 100 of the 555 stores had already reopened yesterday, the first day after the deal was announced.  Hays faces an uphill battle to make a success of the plan in the face of a struggling high street and fierce online competition. But there are important differences between it and the collapsed Thomas Cook, not least that it does not have to prop up an ailing airline.  I've taken a look at the challenges facing the deal and the reasons for Hays' optimism here: Work starts now for Hays Travel to save future of Thomas Cook stores And here is a look at some of the key numbers behind the acquisition and the industry: Agents of change - Thomas Cook, Hays Travel 8:46AM Markets rising but pound holds back FTSE big-hitters Time to check in on the stock markets... The FTSE 100 has slipped after signals of a possible compromise on a Brexit deal sparked a the surge in the pound yesterday evening. The blue-chip index is down 0.5pc this morning.  Markets Hub I FTSE 100 The more domestically-focused FTSE 250 is up, however. The mid-cap index is less exposed to currency fluctuations.  In Europe, the main indices are all trading between 0.2 and 0.8pc higher.  For more details, use the tool at the top of this blog to follow UK and global equity markets as well as currency movements.  8:24AM US economy: Who decides the facts? Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP US negotiators are busy trying to find common ground with Chinese officials but they're harder pressed than ever to do the same with their domestic opponents.  Ryan Bourne writes for that whatever our disagreements it’s comforting to believe that certain realities are beyond reasonable dispute. But in the present fraught political and economic discourse, that is no longer the case, he says - even among economists:  "...even basic “facts” about the economy in the US are today wrangled over. Republicans and Democrats there don’t just disagree about the wisdom of certain policy ideas or whether observed trends in certain metrics are worrisome." Read Ryan's column:  How can we reach political agreement when economists can't decide on the facts? 8:19AM Trump teases China over trade talks Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I meet with the Vice Premier tomorrow at The White House.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019 US and Chinese negotiation teams are set to continue discussions today after a seemingly positive start to two days of meetins in Washington yesterday.  US President Donald Trump said "we had a very, very good negotiation with China". A White House official said the talks had gone "probably better than expected".  But Trump couldn't resist teasing his Chinese counterparts via his favourite social media platform:  "Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I meet with the Vice Premier tomorrow at The White House."  8:07AM BREAK: Oil price jumps on reports of oil tanker 'missile strike' Two missiles struck the Iran-owned Sinopa oil tanker setting it ablaze off the Saudi port of Jeddah, Iranian state TV reported this morning. "Two missiles hit the Iran-owned ship near the Jeddah port city of Saudi Arabia," local media said, quoting the National Iranian Oil Company.  The oil price has jumped 1.3pc. We will bring you more news as the story develops. Markets Hub I Brent Spot 8:01AM Exclusive: Hargreaves Lansdown clashes with pro-Brexit founder Hargreaves Lansdown has clashed with its eponymous founder and largest shareholder Peter Hargreaves over how the company handles its political donations.  The FTSE 100 company postponed a routine vote on political donations at its annual meeting yesterday following "shareholder feedback".  My colleague Harriet Russell has more:  Sources familiar with the fund investment platform told The Telegraphthat Mr Hargreaves, a staunch Brexiteer, believes the company he founded should be able to hold stronger political convictions. Executives at Hargreaves Lansdown favour a more neutral approach. Hargreaves pulled the vote from the AGM schedule at the start of the meeting citing "shareholder feedback", before  later stating it was "consulting with shareholders in relation to this resolution." Read Harriet's full report: Hargreaves Lansdown clashes with pro-Brexit founder over political donations Markets Hub - Hargreaves Lansdown PLC   7:53AM City watchdog slaps broker with £15m fine for misconduct by brokers Credit:  Chris Helgren/ REUTERS The City watchdog has this morning fined broker Tullett Prebon £15.4m for improper trading and for not being open and co-operative with investigators.  Tullett Prebon, now part of FTSE 250 firm TP Icap, had "ineffective controls around broker conduct", the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found. The company carried out "wash trades" - transactions with no legitimate commercial purpose - to generate "unwarranted and unusually high amounts of brokerage for the firm", the FCA said. Read the full report here: City watchdog slaps TP Icap with £15m fine for misconduct by brokers 7:32AM Agenda: Sterling and markets jump on Brexit and trade talks Good morning. Sterling rose from just over $1.22 to $1.24 during two hours of intense trading yesterday, climbing 1.4pc as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar tried to reach a compromise over the term of Britain’s exit from the EU. At one point sterling was on track for its best day in more than three years before a slight pullback late in the day.? 5 things to start your day 1) HMV’s rescuer is taking a punt on the revival of vinyl and the British high street with a new mega-store in Birmingham. Canadian music mogul Doug Putman is today opening the Vault, a 25,000 sq ft site in the city centre which it claims will be one of Europe's biggest entertainment shops. 2) The three chilling charts keeping central bankers up at night. Who would be a central banker in the post-financial crisis world? After single-handedly dragging the economy out of one mess, rate-setters around the globe have the thankless task of battling new threats, ranging from credit bubbles to deflation. 3) Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom is prepared to seek further assurances on the foreign takeover of defence firm Cobham after its sale was blasted by the former head of MI6. Mrs Leadsom said that she has already demanded guarantees from the contractor's US buyer Advent that jobs and factories will not be axed in Britain - but added “other agreements” may still be reached in the interests of national security. 4) The acquisition of Thomas Cook’s entire UK store estate by family-run Hays Travel is a fairytale ending to a nightmare month for staff of one of Britain’s best-loved brands. But the hard work to make the deal a success starts now.  Agents of change - Thomas Cook, Hays Travel 5) British Airways boss says Heathrow is unlikely to get a third runway due to environmental concerns: Willie Walsh said the huge project to boost capacity at Europe's busiest air travel hub is likely to fall flat despite finally winning approval from Parliament last year. What happened overnight Asian shares rose on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet with China's top trade negotiator, stirring hopes for an agreement, while sterling was flat after earlier jumping on optimism over a potential Brexit deal. The Hang Seng index added 2.2pc, putting it on course for its best day since September 4. The CSI300 index rose 0.5pc at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4pc. Japan's Nikkei stock index gained 1pc.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.2pc, following on from gains on Wall Street.  Top US and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a first day of trade talks in more than two months on Thursday as business groups expressed optimism the two sides might be able to ease a 15-month trade war and delay a US tariff hike scheduled for next week. US President Donald Trump said "we had a very, very good negotiation with China", while a White House official said the talks had gone "probably better than expected". Coming up today Trading update: Jupiter Fund Management, Man Group Economics: Consumer price index (Germany), Import and export price indices (US)


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    The mega-rich now have a new way to flaunt their wealth, as the Royal Mint has unveiled a debit card made from solid gold. The 18-carat card has a hefty upfront price tag, starting at £18,750 for the basic version and increasing for bespoke designs.  The cards are linked to a Mastercard Raris account and the owners’ names and signature are engraved into the metal. Users also get perks such as a concierge service and no foreign exchange or transaction fees. But the card and its benefits do not justify the cost, according to Andrew Hagger, of financial experts Moneycomms. "I don’t think it’s worth anything near that £18,750," he said. "But I can see people going for it as a status symbol.” Compared | Revolut, Curve and Apple metal cards Other than the upfront fee, cardholders do not have to pay any extra charges or meet any entry requirements. Anne Jessopp, of the Royal Mint, said the gold card had been requested by customers wanting luxury payment options.  For those wanting a metal card without the expense, Monzo, Revolut and N26 all have their own versions.  Monzo charges £7.50 a month for 12 months, though its card has no perks. Revolut demands £120 a year for a steel card, which includes a concierge and cashback. N26 cards cost £14.90 a month and come with travel insurance and free cash withdrawals anywhere in the world. Apple is also launching a metal credit card, though currently only in America.

    The mega-rich now have a new way to flaunt their wealth, as the Royal Mint has unveiled a debit card made from solid gold. The 18-carat card has a hefty upfront price tag, starting at £18,750 for the basic version and increasing for bespoke designs.  The cards are linked to a Mastercard Raris account and the owners’ names and signature are engraved into the metal. Users also get perks such as a concierge service and no foreign exchange or transaction fees. But the card and its benefits do not justify the cost, according to Andrew Hagger, of financial experts Moneycomms. "I don’t think it’s worth anything near that £18,750," he said. "But I can see people going for it as a status symbol.” Compared | Revolut, Curve and Apple metal cards Other than the upfront fee, cardholders do not have to pay any extra charges or meet any entry requirements. Anne Jessopp, of the Royal Mint, said the gold card had been requested by customers wanting luxury payment options.  For those wanting a metal card without the expense, Monzo, Revolut and N26 all have their own versions.  Monzo charges £7.50 a month for 12 months, though its card has no perks. Revolut demands £120 a year for a steel card, which includes a concierge and cashback. N26 cards cost £14.90 a month and come with travel insurance and free cash withdrawals anywhere in the world. Apple is also launching a metal credit card, though currently only in America.


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  • 24/79   Macron: cannot allow crisis between EU bodies after commissioner rejected
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    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that one must not let a crisis settle in between the European Union commission and the separate EU parliament, following the rejection this week of France's candidate to run EU industrial policy.  'We must not allow for a European political crisis to settle in,' Macron said at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Paris.  Macron's comments came a day after European lawmakers rejected the candidacy of French politician Sylvie Goulard - chosen by Macron - to be head of EU industrial policy.

    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that one must not let a crisis settle in between the European Union commission and the separate EU parliament, following the rejection this week of France's candidate to run EU industrial policy. 'We must not allow for a European political crisis to settle in,' Macron said at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Paris. Macron's comments came a day after European lawmakers rejected the candidacy of French politician Sylvie Goulard - chosen by Macron - to be head of EU industrial policy.


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  • 25/79   Travel firm Thomas Cook gets non-binding offer for Nordic operations
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    Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel firm, has received a non-binding bid for its Nordic operations, a spokesman said on Friday.  The company collapsed last month, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the world.  'The bid that has been placed is for the whole Nordic operations, which is Thomas Cook Northern Europe plus the Nordic airline,' said Fredrik Henriksson, head of communications at Thomas Cook Northern Europe/Ving.

    Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel firm, has received a non-binding bid for its Nordic operations, a spokesman said on Friday. The company collapsed last month, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the world. 'The bid that has been placed is for the whole Nordic operations, which is Thomas Cook Northern Europe plus the Nordic airline,' said Fredrik Henriksson, head of communications at Thomas Cook Northern Europe/Ving.


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  • 27/79   The Latest: EU, Britain to intensify talks on a Brexit deal
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    The European Union says it has agreed with the United Kingdom to 'intensify' Brexit negotiations in a belated attempt to reach a divorce deal ahead of Oct. 31, when Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc.  The EU announcement came after EU Council President Donald Tusk vowed that the 27 nations would make another push for a deal following a constructive meeting between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar.

    The European Union says it has agreed with the United Kingdom to 'intensify' Brexit negotiations in a belated attempt to reach a divorce deal ahead of Oct. 31, when Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc. The EU announcement came after EU Council President Donald Tusk vowed that the 27 nations would make another push for a deal following a constructive meeting between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar.


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  • 28/79   Here's Why Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) Can Manage Its Debt Responsibly
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    Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of...

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  • 29/79   Stocks Rally on Trade-Talk Optimism; Pound Surges: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Stocks rallied on Friday amid growing hopes that the U.S. and China can negotiate a trade truce as high-level talks progress into a second day. Treasuries slipped, while the pound surged on optimism for a Brexit deal.U.S. equity-index futures also jumped after President Donald Trump said the first senior-level in-person talks since late July are going “really well” and will continue on Friday. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced a third day, with tech firms and banks pacing gains. Equities rallied throughout Asia, with shares in Hong Kong getting an extra lift as protesters discussed scaling back vandalism ahead of planned protests this weekend.Crude oil rose following a reported explosion on an Iranian tanker which has reignited fears unrest in the Middle East could threaten global supply. Gilts slid and the pound strengthened to a three-month high as the EU’s chief negotiator recommended that detailed negotiations with the U.K. can begin in earnest.Investors appear to be growing more optimistic after trade headlines roiled markets this week, with both China and the U.S. having signaled progress in securing a partial deal for a temporary truce on tariffs. Trump said he will meet with China’s lead negotiator Vice Premier Liu He on Friday. Reports of a potential breakthrough on Brexit have also gone some way toward removing a persistent source of worry for markets.“It is good news if we do have a deal -- it avoids the worst,” Thanos Vamvakidis, head of global G-10 foreign exchange strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told Bloomberg TV, speaking about the trade negotiations. “But we are not out of the woods yet.”Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index rose 1% as of 8:32 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index surged 1.7%.The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.9%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index climbed 1.1%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.3%.The euro increased 0.3% to $1.1042.The British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2598.The onshore yuan climbed 0.2% to 7.102 per dollar.The Japanese yen fell 0.4% to 108.40 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained three basis points to 1.70%.The yield on two-year Treasuries rose four basis points to 1.58%.Germany’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to -0.45%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped seven basis points to 0.66%.Japan’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to -0.179%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 1.2% to $54.20 a barrel.Iron ore dipped 0.7% to $88.20 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.6% to $1,484.49 an ounce.\--With assistance from Sybilla Gross and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Stocks rallied on Friday amid growing hopes that the U.S. and China can negotiate a trade truce as high-level talks progress into a second day. Treasuries slipped, while the pound surged on optimism for a Brexit deal.U.S. equity-index futures also jumped after President Donald Trump said the first senior-level in-person talks since late July are going “really well” and will continue on Friday. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced a third day, with tech firms and banks pacing gains. Equities rallied throughout Asia, with shares in Hong Kong getting an extra lift as protesters discussed scaling back vandalism ahead of planned protests this weekend.Crude oil rose following a reported explosion on an Iranian tanker which has reignited fears unrest in the Middle East could threaten global supply. Gilts slid and the pound strengthened to a three-month high as the EU’s chief negotiator recommended that detailed negotiations with the U.K. can begin in earnest.Investors appear to be growing more optimistic after trade headlines roiled markets this week, with both China and the U.S. having signaled progress in securing a partial deal for a temporary truce on tariffs. Trump said he will meet with China’s lead negotiator Vice Premier Liu He on Friday. Reports of a potential breakthrough on Brexit have also gone some way toward removing a persistent source of worry for markets.“It is good news if we do have a deal -- it avoids the worst,” Thanos Vamvakidis, head of global G-10 foreign exchange strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told Bloomberg TV, speaking about the trade negotiations. “But we are not out of the woods yet.”Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index rose 1% as of 8:32 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index surged 1.7%.The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.9%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index climbed 1.1%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.3%.The euro increased 0.3% to $1.1042.The British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2598.The onshore yuan climbed 0.2% to 7.102 per dollar.The Japanese yen fell 0.4% to 108.40 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained three basis points to 1.70%.The yield on two-year Treasuries rose four basis points to 1.58%.Germany’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to -0.45%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped seven basis points to 0.66%.Japan’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to -0.179%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 1.2% to $54.20 a barrel.Iron ore dipped 0.7% to $88.20 per metric ton.Gold decreased 0.6% to $1,484.49 an ounce.\--With assistance from Sybilla Gross and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Yakob Peterseil in London at ypeterseil@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 30/79   Is Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ:KE) Using Too Much Debt?
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    Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously...

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


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  • 31/79   OnPolitics: The impeachment beat goes on
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    A surprise announcement around Syria, a blocked testimony, and subpoenas all around. It was a busy week in Washington.

    A surprise announcement around Syria, a blocked testimony, and subpoenas all around. It was a busy week in Washington.


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  • 32/79   In black and white: Venezuelan fisherman among oil ruins
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    The landscape of Venezuela's once robust oil industry lies all around fishermen and their families who live in villages clustered on the edge of Lake Maracaibo.  Seeing these people and this place on an earlier reporting trip, veteran Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd knew he had to go back.  This time, he set down his lightning-fast digital Canon and spread the tripod of his 19th century-style box camera to make black and white portraits of the fishermen and the industrial decay they call home.

    The landscape of Venezuela's once robust oil industry lies all around fishermen and their families who live in villages clustered on the edge of Lake Maracaibo. Seeing these people and this place on an earlier reporting trip, veteran Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd knew he had to go back. This time, he set down his lightning-fast digital Canon and spread the tripod of his 19th century-style box camera to make black and white portraits of the fishermen and the industrial decay they call home.


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  • 33/79   Does KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR) Have A Volatile Share Price?
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    Anyone researching KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price...

    Anyone researching KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR) might want to consider the historical volatility of the share price...


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  • 34/79   EU-U.K. Negotiations Intensify as Deadline Looms: Brexit Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.The European Union and the U.K. are close to detailed divorce talks after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar met and said they see a pathway to a potential agreement.The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, feels the two sides can now discuss drafts of the legal text in secret. There will be an EU summit next week and the U.K. is scheduled to leave on Oct. 31.Key developments:Optimism after Thursday’s meeting between U.K. and Irish leadersTalks are headed in right direction but there are obstacles stillPound surges; RBS and Lloyds shares jumpNothing Has Changed on Irish Border (1:38 p.m.)Let’s stay cautious. That is the message that resonated from the EU as speculation amped up on whether or not the divorce talks were headed into the final sprint.After meeting with his U.K. counterpart Stephen Barclay on Friday, Barnier told ambassadors from the 27 member states that there has been enough progress for talks to intensify.That isn’t quite the same as entering the so-called “tunnel” -- the formal Brussels process by which the actual legal text of an agreement is thrashed out in secret -- but it’s a sign both sides recognize a deal is still possible.Is It All Headed Into Secret Talks? (1:30 p.m.)So, EU envoys were briefed about a “possible convergence” between Ireland and the U.K, but a lot remains to be negotiated, a participant in the debrief with Barnier said. Ambassadors will reconvene either Sunday or Monday to take stock of the situation, the official said. The gist is to steer clear of using the word, tunnel, which implies a secretive process.What is obvious is that enough progress has been made to keep negotiating through the weekend with the aim of reaching a deal, instead of declaring talks dead today as Tusk said the plan was.Johnson Keeping Foster in Brexit Loop (12:30 p.m.)Boris Johnson has spoken to Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, about his Brexit proposals, according to a U.K. official.His office is keeping the DUP informed of the status of talks, aware that the party’s support for any deal could be crucial to it passing though The House of Commons.Pound Optimism Continues as Banks Surge (11:55 a.m.)The pound is now headed for its biggest two-day rally since before the Brexit vote in June 2016. The latest step higher came after a European Commission spokeswoman labeled the talks “constructive” (see 11:20 a.m.).Its not just the currency where optimism is mounting. Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc are up more than 9 %.Barclay-Barnier Meeting ‘Constructive,’ EU Says (11:20 a.m.)The European Commission was tight-lipped about the outcome of Friday morning’s meeting between EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, with a spokeswoman saying only that the talks were “constructive.”“You can assume they exchanged ideas, discussed many different angles,” Mina Andreeva told reporters in Brussels. “If there’s a will then of course there’s a way, otherwise people wouldn’t be working on this.”A U.K. spokesman used the same word to describe the talks.Brexit Talks May Enter Tunnel, Varadkar Says (11 a.m.)U.K. and EU negotiators may now enter the so-called tunnel for Brexit talks, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters in Dublin.The focus is now on Brussels, he said, adding that he expects the U.K. will make more detailed proposals. The less said publicly about the talks the better, he said.DUP Lawmaker Warns on Stormont Veto (10.35 a.m.)Removing the so-called Stormont lock from any Brexit deal would leave Northern Ireland’s unionists “marooned,” Democratic Unionist Party lawmaker Jim Wells warned in an RTE radio interview.Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith’s suggestion that no one party in the region would have a veto through a vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly “does worry me,” Wells said, adding that “nothing will work unless unionism is signed up to it.”Acknowledging there had been a change of mood in the talks after Varadkar and Johnson’s meeting on Thursday, Wells, who is a member of the suspended Assembly, made clear that any plan which would force Northern Ireland to follow EU rules would be “unacceptable.”Pound Rises Again on Brexit Optimism (10:25 a.m.)The pound has surged 2.5% since Wednesday’s close, with traders jumping on the signs of Brexit optimism.It gained 0.6% to $1.2511 Friday, with Donald Tusk’s comments (see 10 a.m.) adding to the momentum. Deutsche Bank said Thursday evening it was no longer negative on the U.K. currency following a “pivotal moment” in Brexit talks.Options show sentiment on the pound over the next month is now the most positive since Bloomberg began compiling the data in 2003.Ireland: Detailed Talks Will Start (10:05 a.m.)While Thursday’s meeting between Johnson and Varadkar was positive, the “real detailed negotiation and technical work now will begin and that will be in Brussels,” Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said.Speaking on Newstalk radio, Donohoe pointed to the issue of allowing the region of Northern Ireland to give or withhold “consent” for any new customs system as a crucial area for discussion in the talks. There are differing views in the region on the issue, he said.EU’s Tusk Says ‘Promising’ Signals for a Deal (10 a.m.)EU Council President Donald Tusk gave some mixed messages over the chances of a Brexit deal, saying the U.K.’s proposals aren’t yet realistic but there are “promising signals.”“Unfortunately we are still in a situation in which the U.K. has not come forward with a workable, realistic proposal,” Tusk said in a televised statement in Cyprus. “A week ago I told Prime Minister Johnson that if there was no such proposal by today I would announce publicly there are no more chances” of a deal at next week’s summit of EU leaders.But Tusk said there was some positive news out of Thursday’s meeting between Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.“I have received promising signals from the Taoiseach that a deal is still possible,” he said. “Technical talks are taking place in Brussels as we speak. Of course there’s no guarantee of success and the time is practically up, but even the slightest chance must be used.”AB InBev Shelves U.K. Expansion On Brexit Fears (9:40 a.m.)Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA put on hold plans to roughly double the size of its U.K. headquarters amid growing uncertainty over Brexit.The Belgian owner of Budweiser and Corona had been in talks to lease additional space in London’s Bureau building, where it already occupies the top four floors, two people with knowledge of the matter said.Fianna Fail Expects Talks to Resume (9.15 a.m.)The leader of Ireland’s main opposition party expects U.K. and EU negotiators to resume formal Brexit talks after Irish PM Leo Varadkar and U.K. leader Boris Johnson met on Thursday.Micheal Martin, who leads the Fianna Fail party, said he would be disappointed if talks don’t restart. “In good diplomacy there has to be accommodation and you can’t have one side losing face against the other,” he told RTE radio.Martin’s party is in a confidence and supply arrangement with the government, so is consulted on most major government decisions. He is likely to have been briefed on Thursday’s meeting.Barclay and Barnier Meet in Brussels (8:30 a.m.)U.K. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has arrived at the European Commission in Brussels for talks with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. The two will explore where things stand after Thursday’s meeting between the prime ministers of the U.K. and Ireland and discuss whether to restart more intensive talks.There’s no scheduled time for the meeting to end but Barnier is due to address EU ambassadors at 12:30 p.m. Brussels time.Earlier:Brexit Hopes Rise as U.K. and EU Take a Step Closer to a DealBoris Johnson’s Irish ’Pathway’ Is Full of Holes: Lionel LaurentImagine Brexit Heaven. It Isn’t Easy, I’ve Tried: John Authers\--With assistance from Tim Ross.To contact the reporters on this story: Ian Wishart in Brussels at iwishart@bloomberg.net;Peter Flanagan in Dublin at pflanagan23@bloomberg.net;Charlotte Ryan in London at cryan147@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at fjackson@bloomberg.net, Thomas Penny, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.The European Union and the U.K. are close to detailed divorce talks after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar met and said they see a pathway to a potential agreement.The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, feels the two sides can now discuss drafts of the legal text in secret. There will be an EU summit next week and the U.K. is scheduled to leave on Oct. 31.Key developments:Optimism after Thursday’s meeting between U.K. and Irish leadersTalks are headed in right direction but there are obstacles stillPound surges; RBS and Lloyds shares jumpNothing Has Changed on Irish Border (1:38 p.m.)Let’s stay cautious. That is the message that resonated from the EU as speculation amped up on whether or not the divorce talks were headed into the final sprint.After meeting with his U.K. counterpart Stephen Barclay on Friday, Barnier told ambassadors from the 27 member states that there has been enough progress for talks to intensify.That isn’t quite the same as entering the so-called “tunnel” -- the formal Brussels process by which the actual legal text of an agreement is thrashed out in secret -- but it’s a sign both sides recognize a deal is still possible.Is It All Headed Into Secret Talks? (1:30 p.m.)So, EU envoys were briefed about a “possible convergence” between Ireland and the U.K, but a lot remains to be negotiated, a participant in the debrief with Barnier said. Ambassadors will reconvene either Sunday or Monday to take stock of the situation, the official said. The gist is to steer clear of using the word, tunnel, which implies a secretive process.What is obvious is that enough progress has been made to keep negotiating through the weekend with the aim of reaching a deal, instead of declaring talks dead today as Tusk said the plan was.Johnson Keeping Foster in Brexit Loop (12:30 p.m.)Boris Johnson has spoken to Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, about his Brexit proposals, according to a U.K. official.His office is keeping the DUP informed of the status of talks, aware that the party’s support for any deal could be crucial to it passing though The House of Commons.Pound Optimism Continues as Banks Surge (11:55 a.m.)The pound is now headed for its biggest two-day rally since before the Brexit vote in June 2016. The latest step higher came after a European Commission spokeswoman labeled the talks “constructive” (see 11:20 a.m.).Its not just the currency where optimism is mounting. Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc are up more than 9 %.Barclay-Barnier Meeting ‘Constructive,’ EU Says (11:20 a.m.)The European Commission was tight-lipped about the outcome of Friday morning’s meeting between EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, with a spokeswoman saying only that the talks were “constructive.”“You can assume they exchanged ideas, discussed many different angles,” Mina Andreeva told reporters in Brussels. “If there’s a will then of course there’s a way, otherwise people wouldn’t be working on this.”A U.K. spokesman used the same word to describe the talks.Brexit Talks May Enter Tunnel, Varadkar Says (11 a.m.)U.K. and EU negotiators may now enter the so-called tunnel for Brexit talks, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters in Dublin.The focus is now on Brussels, he said, adding that he expects the U.K. will make more detailed proposals. The less said publicly about the talks the better, he said.DUP Lawmaker Warns on Stormont Veto (10.35 a.m.)Removing the so-called Stormont lock from any Brexit deal would leave Northern Ireland’s unionists “marooned,” Democratic Unionist Party lawmaker Jim Wells warned in an RTE radio interview.Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith’s suggestion that no one party in the region would have a veto through a vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly “does worry me,” Wells said, adding that “nothing will work unless unionism is signed up to it.”Acknowledging there had been a change of mood in the talks after Varadkar and Johnson’s meeting on Thursday, Wells, who is a member of the suspended Assembly, made clear that any plan which would force Northern Ireland to follow EU rules would be “unacceptable.”Pound Rises Again on Brexit Optimism (10:25 a.m.)The pound has surged 2.5% since Wednesday’s close, with traders jumping on the signs of Brexit optimism.It gained 0.6% to $1.2511 Friday, with Donald Tusk’s comments (see 10 a.m.) adding to the momentum. Deutsche Bank said Thursday evening it was no longer negative on the U.K. currency following a “pivotal moment” in Brexit talks.Options show sentiment on the pound over the next month is now the most positive since Bloomberg began compiling the data in 2003.Ireland: Detailed Talks Will Start (10:05 a.m.)While Thursday’s meeting between Johnson and Varadkar was positive, the “real detailed negotiation and technical work now will begin and that will be in Brussels,” Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said.Speaking on Newstalk radio, Donohoe pointed to the issue of allowing the region of Northern Ireland to give or withhold “consent” for any new customs system as a crucial area for discussion in the talks. There are differing views in the region on the issue, he said.EU’s Tusk Says ‘Promising’ Signals for a Deal (10 a.m.)EU Council President Donald Tusk gave some mixed messages over the chances of a Brexit deal, saying the U.K.’s proposals aren’t yet realistic but there are “promising signals.”“Unfortunately we are still in a situation in which the U.K. has not come forward with a workable, realistic proposal,” Tusk said in a televised statement in Cyprus. “A week ago I told Prime Minister Johnson that if there was no such proposal by today I would announce publicly there are no more chances” of a deal at next week’s summit of EU leaders.But Tusk said there was some positive news out of Thursday’s meeting between Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.“I have received promising signals from the Taoiseach that a deal is still possible,” he said. “Technical talks are taking place in Brussels as we speak. Of course there’s no guarantee of success and the time is practically up, but even the slightest chance must be used.”AB InBev Shelves U.K. Expansion On Brexit Fears (9:40 a.m.)Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA put on hold plans to roughly double the size of its U.K. headquarters amid growing uncertainty over Brexit.The Belgian owner of Budweiser and Corona had been in talks to lease additional space in London’s Bureau building, where it already occupies the top four floors, two people with knowledge of the matter said.Fianna Fail Expects Talks to Resume (9.15 a.m.)The leader of Ireland’s main opposition party expects U.K. and EU negotiators to resume formal Brexit talks after Irish PM Leo Varadkar and U.K. leader Boris Johnson met on Thursday.Micheal Martin, who leads the Fianna Fail party, said he would be disappointed if talks don’t restart. “In good diplomacy there has to be accommodation and you can’t have one side losing face against the other,” he told RTE radio.Martin’s party is in a confidence and supply arrangement with the government, so is consulted on most major government decisions. He is likely to have been briefed on Thursday’s meeting.Barclay and Barnier Meet in Brussels (8:30 a.m.)U.K. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has arrived at the European Commission in Brussels for talks with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. The two will explore where things stand after Thursday’s meeting between the prime ministers of the U.K. and Ireland and discuss whether to restart more intensive talks.There’s no scheduled time for the meeting to end but Barnier is due to address EU ambassadors at 12:30 p.m. Brussels time.Earlier:Brexit Hopes Rise as U.K. and EU Take a Step Closer to a DealBoris Johnson’s Irish ’Pathway’ Is Full of Holes: Lionel LaurentImagine Brexit Heaven. It Isn’t Easy, I’ve Tried: John Authers\--With assistance from Tim Ross.To contact the reporters on this story: Ian Wishart in Brussels at iwishart@bloomberg.net;Peter Flanagan in Dublin at pflanagan23@bloomberg.net;Charlotte Ryan in London at cryan147@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at fjackson@bloomberg.net, Thomas Penny, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 35/79   What Kind Of Shareholders Own Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:KALA)?
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    If you want to know who really controls Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:KALA), then you'll have to look at the...

    If you want to know who really controls Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:KALA), then you'll have to look at the...


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  • 36/79   Nearly 3 weeks into the Trump impeachment inquiry, polls show a shift in public opinion
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    Public opinion polling has shown noticeable shifts in attitudes towards impeachment, though every single poll has asked about impeachment differently.

    Public opinion polling has shown noticeable shifts in attitudes towards impeachment, though every single poll has asked about impeachment differently.


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  • 37/79   Is RaySearch Laboratories (STO:RAY B) Using Too Much Debt?
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    The external fund manager backed by Berkshire Hathaway's Charlie Munger, Li Lu, makes no bones about it when he says...

    The external fund manager backed by Berkshire Hathaway's Charlie Munger, Li Lu, makes no bones about it when he says...


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  • 38/79   American Airlines, Brazil's Gol negotiating 'partnership': newspaper
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    American Airlines Group Inc  and Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA  are negotiating a 'partnership' that could 'integrate flights between the two airlines in Latin America,' a newspaper reported on Friday.  The report in Brazil's Valor Economico, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said the two companies entered into contact in September, on the same day that Delta Air Lines Inc  bought a stake in Gol competitor Latam Airlines Group SA .  The firms are also talking with other airlines about potential partnerships, the newspaper said, without elaborating.

    American Airlines Group Inc and Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA are negotiating a 'partnership' that could 'integrate flights between the two airlines in Latin America,' a newspaper reported on Friday. The report in Brazil's Valor Economico, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said the two companies entered into contact in September, on the same day that Delta Air Lines Inc bought a stake in Gol competitor Latam Airlines Group SA . The firms are also talking with other airlines about potential partnerships, the newspaper said, without elaborating.


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  • 39/79   Canada’s Job Market Produces Another Surprise Gain; Loonie Jumps
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    (Bloomberg) -- Canada posted another surprisingly strong month of job gains in a labor market that is on track for one of its best years on record.The economy added 53,700 jobs last month, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, following a gain of 81,100 in August. Canada has now added 358,100 since December, the most in the first nine months of a year since 2002. The strong print will only reaffirm Bank of Canada expectations that the economy has developed a certain amount of resilience to trade headwinds and global economic uncertainties, giving it ammunition to buck the global trend of lower interest rates.“Canada’s labor market seems to have been vaccinated against the global economic flu going around,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets Inc., said in a note to investors. The rise in employment dropped the unemployment rate to 5.5%, from 5.7% in August, near the lowest in the past four decades.Economists were anticipating just 7,500 jobs in September, with the unemployment rate unchanged. Canada’s dollar jumped after the report, rising 0.5% to C$1.3227 against its U.S. counterpart at 8:33 a.m. Toronto time. Yields on government two-year bonds increased 9 basis points to 1.63%. The underlying details of the report were not as strong as the headline number. While the gains were all full-time, they were entirely public-sector positions and self-employed. Private sector jobs dropped by 21,000, with continued weakness in goods-producing industries.On the plus side, not only is employment growing, but so are wages. Hourly pay was up 4.3% in September from a year earlier, accelerating from a 3.7% pace in August. The last few months have seen the strongest year-over-year increases in a decadeGet MoreTotal hours worked in September were up 1.3% from a year earlier, from a pace of 1.2% in AugustThe economy added 70,000 full-time jobs in September, with part-time employment down 16,300. Canada has added almost 300,000 new full-time jobs this yearOne difference in the September report from recent trends is that most of the job gains reflected largely lower unemployment levels rather than rising labor force participation. The number of unemployed Canadians fell by 46,900 in September, while the labor force increased by just 6,800.September’s gains were led by the health care sector, which produced 30,000 jobs; the information sector led losses\--With assistance from Erik Hertzberg.To contact the reporter on this story: Theophilos Argitis in Ottawa at targitis@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Theophilos Argitis at targitis@bloomberg.net, Chris FournierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Canada posted another surprisingly strong month of job gains in a labor market that is on track for one of its best years on record.The economy added 53,700 jobs last month, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, following a gain of 81,100 in August. Canada has now added 358,100 since December, the most in the first nine months of a year since 2002. The strong print will only reaffirm Bank of Canada expectations that the economy has developed a certain amount of resilience to trade headwinds and global economic uncertainties, giving it ammunition to buck the global trend of lower interest rates.“Canada’s labor market seems to have been vaccinated against the global economic flu going around,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets Inc., said in a note to investors. The rise in employment dropped the unemployment rate to 5.5%, from 5.7% in August, near the lowest in the past four decades.Economists were anticipating just 7,500 jobs in September, with the unemployment rate unchanged. Canada’s dollar jumped after the report, rising 0.5% to C$1.3227 against its U.S. counterpart at 8:33 a.m. Toronto time. Yields on government two-year bonds increased 9 basis points to 1.63%. The underlying details of the report were not as strong as the headline number. While the gains were all full-time, they were entirely public-sector positions and self-employed. Private sector jobs dropped by 21,000, with continued weakness in goods-producing industries.On the plus side, not only is employment growing, but so are wages. Hourly pay was up 4.3% in September from a year earlier, accelerating from a 3.7% pace in August. The last few months have seen the strongest year-over-year increases in a decadeGet MoreTotal hours worked in September were up 1.3% from a year earlier, from a pace of 1.2% in AugustThe economy added 70,000 full-time jobs in September, with part-time employment down 16,300. Canada has added almost 300,000 new full-time jobs this yearOne difference in the September report from recent trends is that most of the job gains reflected largely lower unemployment levels rather than rising labor force participation. The number of unemployed Canadians fell by 46,900 in September, while the labor force increased by just 6,800.September’s gains were led by the health care sector, which produced 30,000 jobs; the information sector led losses\--With assistance from Erik Hertzberg.To contact the reporter on this story: Theophilos Argitis in Ottawa at targitis@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Theophilos Argitis at targitis@bloomberg.net, Chris FournierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 40/79   Pentagon officials deemed withholding of aid to Ukraine was illegal
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    The Ukraine affair has turned into an impeachment inquiry that could see President Trump removed from office. But it is also an example of yet another federal agency — this time, the Pentagon — caught off-guard by the president’s political imperatives.

    The Ukraine affair has turned into an impeachment inquiry that could see President Trump removed from office. But it is also an example of yet another federal agency — this time, the Pentagon — caught off-guard by the president’s political imperatives.


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  • 41/79   Driven from Central America by gangs and finding refuge in Kentucky: One woman's story
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    However, the whole group did not stay under Monteith’s roof for long. Unbeknownst to them, Mirna and her family were among the last wave of asylum seekers to reach the U.S.-Mexico border before this policy went into effect.

    However, the whole group did not stay under Monteith’s roof for long. Unbeknownst to them, Mirna and her family were among the last wave of asylum seekers to reach the U.S.-Mexico border before this policy went into effect.


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  • 42/79   Outrage in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo over Handke's Nobel win
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    Austrian writer Peter Handke's Nobel literature prize win on Thursday sparked outrage in Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo, where he is widely seen as an admirer of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.  In the 1990s, Handke emerged as a vocal defender of the Serbs during the bloody collapse of the former Yugoslavia, even comparing them to Jews under the Nazis, a remark he later retracted.  'Never thought would feel to vomit because of a Nobel Prize,' Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Twitter.

    Austrian writer Peter Handke's Nobel literature prize win on Thursday sparked outrage in Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo, where he is widely seen as an admirer of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. In the 1990s, Handke emerged as a vocal defender of the Serbs during the bloody collapse of the former Yugoslavia, even comparing them to Jews under the Nazis, a remark he later retracted. 'Never thought would feel to vomit because of a Nobel Prize,' Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Twitter.


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  • 43/79   Evidence from ex-Dallas police officer's murder trial fuels mistrust
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    Evidence from the trial of a former Dallas police officer convicted of killing her neighbor has fueled new questions about whether accused officers are treated differently than other suspects, including testimony that a camera in the cruiser where the officer sat after the shooting was flipped off and that her sexual text messages with her partner were deleted.

    Evidence from the trial of a former Dallas police officer convicted of killing her neighbor has fueled new questions about whether accused officers are treated differently than other suspects, including testimony that a camera in the cruiser where the officer sat after the shooting was flipped off and that her sexual text messages with her partner were deleted.


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  • 44/79   Ready for War: Iran Is Bristling with Missiles
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    A real threat.

    A real threat.


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  • 45/79   California's Largest Energy Utility Is Shutting Off Power Across the State
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    High winds and hot weather brought on the preemptive measure.

    High winds and hot weather brought on the preemptive measure.


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  • 46/79   Why Is Turkey Fighting the Kurds in Syria?
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    Turkish forces began a long-anticipated cross-border assault on Wednesday against the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, in northeastern Syria.The dispute between Turkey and the Kurds has deep roots in regional power dynamics that have created a tangled web of interests. Further complicating the picture is the fact that the United States is an ally of both Turkey and the SDF, as the militia is known.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said the goal of the incursion was "to destroy the terror corridor" that he said Kurdish forces were trying to establish on his country's southern border, and to bring peace to the region.Leaders of the SDF and others in the region say the strikes are putting civilians at risk, and warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis. Kurdish groups on the ground shared photographs and videos of people fleeing villages as smoke rose from the site of strikes.To understand the current conflict requires knowing the background of the dispute between Turkey and the Kurds, and how the United States fits into the dynamic.Who are the Kurds?The Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East. Despite their numbers, they are a stateless and often marginalized people whose homeland stretches across Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia.After World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, many Kurds pushed for an independent Kurdish state, and promises were made in early treaties for the creation of a Kurdistan. But when the region was eventually divvied up, the nation never materialized.In the years since, numerous attempts at nationhood have been largely quashed.How does Turkey view the Kurds?Relations between the Turkish nation and the nationless Kurds have long been fraught.Turkey sees the rising power of Kurdish forces along its southern border as a threat, and Erdogan has for years made pronouncements of plans for a military intervention in the northern Syrian enclave.But in fact, the roots of the dispute extend much further back, and they are intrinsically tied to a domestic conflict in Turkey.Turkey has been in conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, since it launched a violent separatist movement in the country in the early 1980s. Both Turkey and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist organization.Across the border in Syria, an offshoot militia, the Kurdish People's Protection Units, has been active since 2004. The militia, known as the YPG, has long sought to form an autonomous state for the Kurds.The YPG and an associated militia of female fighters have been applauded by some in the West for their anti-Islamist stance. It has attracted a number of American and European volunteers to fight in its ranks during the battle against the Islamic State.But the militia members have deep ties to the PKK, the Kurdish group that Turkey considers a terrorist organization, though its leaders play down the links.Early in Syria's civil war, the militia had early success in establishing a peaceful enclave -- they called it Rojava -- in the north of the country.The militia members eventually joined with other regional groups and grew into the SDF, which was instrumental in wresting large stretches of Syrian territory from the Islamic State, or ISIS, and ousting ISIS from its last foothold in Syria earlier this year.As the SDF wrested back control of towns and cities across northeastern Syria from ISIS, Kurdish power grew. And as it did, Erdogan increasingly voiced concern.How does the U.S. fit in?The Turkish operation against the Kurds in Syria has left Washington stuck between two allies.President Donald Trump's announcement this week that he would be pulling troops from the country effectively greenlighted Turkey's incursion. Erdogan has long advocated a U.S. withdrawal from Syria and has urged Trump to pull his support from the SDF, most recently in a weekend phone call.The United States and Turkey, which are NATO partners, have long been close allies.But the Kurds and the United States also have a long history of cooperation.The U.S.-led coalition began working with the SDF in 2015, saying the Kurdish-led group was the most capable of pushing back the Islamic State militants who had seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. This proved to be true.Trump further muddied the United States' position when, after first voicing support for Erdogan's plan, he seemed to walk back his statements in the face of objections from political allies and opponents alike.Trump said on Twitter: "We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters." In a subsequent message he said that the United States was "helping the Kurds financially" and warned Turkey against unnecessary force.Could all this benefit ISIS?Possibly.The SDF proved a vital force in wresting back control of areas seized by ISIS militants. It also captured tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and their families. Those people are now being held in makeshift prisons in the region being targeted by Turkey, and while Trump said he believes Turkey should be responsible for them, there are no plans for their relocation.While the territory of the Islamic State's self-declared "caliphate" has been wrested from the group, the security situation in much of Syria remains tenuous.Some fear that destabilizing northeastern Syria will create the same power vacuum that existed before the Islamic State's rise to power, and make way for the group to reemerge.Even now, despite their territorial losses, there is evidence that ISIS militants are active in Syria, said Melissa Dalton, director of the Cooperative Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.With Turkey's new incursion into the country, she said, the SDF is likely to turn its attention away from its old adversaries."There is a very high risk of the Islamic State taking advantage of the SDF and the American and other coalition members being focused on the implications of the Turkish efforts," she said.Dalton said she was also concerned about increased potential for prison breaks and unrest among detainees."It's really a recipe for disaster," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    Turkish forces began a long-anticipated cross-border assault on Wednesday against the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, in northeastern Syria.The dispute between Turkey and the Kurds has deep roots in regional power dynamics that have created a tangled web of interests. Further complicating the picture is the fact that the United States is an ally of both Turkey and the SDF, as the militia is known.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said the goal of the incursion was "to destroy the terror corridor" that he said Kurdish forces were trying to establish on his country's southern border, and to bring peace to the region.Leaders of the SDF and others in the region say the strikes are putting civilians at risk, and warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis. Kurdish groups on the ground shared photographs and videos of people fleeing villages as smoke rose from the site of strikes.To understand the current conflict requires knowing the background of the dispute between Turkey and the Kurds, and how the United States fits into the dynamic.Who are the Kurds?The Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East. Despite their numbers, they are a stateless and often marginalized people whose homeland stretches across Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia.After World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, many Kurds pushed for an independent Kurdish state, and promises were made in early treaties for the creation of a Kurdistan. But when the region was eventually divvied up, the nation never materialized.In the years since, numerous attempts at nationhood have been largely quashed.How does Turkey view the Kurds?Relations between the Turkish nation and the nationless Kurds have long been fraught.Turkey sees the rising power of Kurdish forces along its southern border as a threat, and Erdogan has for years made pronouncements of plans for a military intervention in the northern Syrian enclave.But in fact, the roots of the dispute extend much further back, and they are intrinsically tied to a domestic conflict in Turkey.Turkey has been in conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, since it launched a violent separatist movement in the country in the early 1980s. Both Turkey and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist organization.Across the border in Syria, an offshoot militia, the Kurdish People's Protection Units, has been active since 2004. The militia, known as the YPG, has long sought to form an autonomous state for the Kurds.The YPG and an associated militia of female fighters have been applauded by some in the West for their anti-Islamist stance. It has attracted a number of American and European volunteers to fight in its ranks during the battle against the Islamic State.But the militia members have deep ties to the PKK, the Kurdish group that Turkey considers a terrorist organization, though its leaders play down the links.Early in Syria's civil war, the militia had early success in establishing a peaceful enclave -- they called it Rojava -- in the north of the country.The militia members eventually joined with other regional groups and grew into the SDF, which was instrumental in wresting large stretches of Syrian territory from the Islamic State, or ISIS, and ousting ISIS from its last foothold in Syria earlier this year.As the SDF wrested back control of towns and cities across northeastern Syria from ISIS, Kurdish power grew. And as it did, Erdogan increasingly voiced concern.How does the U.S. fit in?The Turkish operation against the Kurds in Syria has left Washington stuck between two allies.President Donald Trump's announcement this week that he would be pulling troops from the country effectively greenlighted Turkey's incursion. Erdogan has long advocated a U.S. withdrawal from Syria and has urged Trump to pull his support from the SDF, most recently in a weekend phone call.The United States and Turkey, which are NATO partners, have long been close allies.But the Kurds and the United States also have a long history of cooperation.The U.S.-led coalition began working with the SDF in 2015, saying the Kurdish-led group was the most capable of pushing back the Islamic State militants who had seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. This proved to be true.Trump further muddied the United States' position when, after first voicing support for Erdogan's plan, he seemed to walk back his statements in the face of objections from political allies and opponents alike.Trump said on Twitter: "We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters." In a subsequent message he said that the United States was "helping the Kurds financially" and warned Turkey against unnecessary force.Could all this benefit ISIS?Possibly.The SDF proved a vital force in wresting back control of areas seized by ISIS militants. It also captured tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and their families. Those people are now being held in makeshift prisons in the region being targeted by Turkey, and while Trump said he believes Turkey should be responsible for them, there are no plans for their relocation.While the territory of the Islamic State's self-declared "caliphate" has been wrested from the group, the security situation in much of Syria remains tenuous.Some fear that destabilizing northeastern Syria will create the same power vacuum that existed before the Islamic State's rise to power, and make way for the group to reemerge.Even now, despite their territorial losses, there is evidence that ISIS militants are active in Syria, said Melissa Dalton, director of the Cooperative Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.With Turkey's new incursion into the country, she said, the SDF is likely to turn its attention away from its old adversaries."There is a very high risk of the Islamic State taking advantage of the SDF and the American and other coalition members being focused on the implications of the Turkish efforts," she said.Dalton said she was also concerned about increased potential for prison breaks and unrest among detainees."It's really a recipe for disaster," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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  • 47/79   No Sports Car Icon Is As Important As The Porsche 356
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    "I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of, so I decided to build it myself." - Ferry PorscheThe Porsche 911 is maybe the greatest sports car of all time. For more than 50 years the 911 has been defining how a sports car should drive and perform, consistently setting the benchmark for driver engagement and enjoyment. The 911 was not the first car Ferdinand Porsche created though. The true heritage of the 911, and the Porsche brand as a whole, can all be traced back to one machine. This is the Porsche 356 Pre-A. As a machine on its own, the 356 doesn’t get as much recognition or attention as the legendary 911, but don’t let that relative obscurity dampen its impact and legacy. With a rearward-mounted flat four-cylinder engine and humpbacked profile, the DNA of the 911 is evident. The 356 was also the starting point for many of Porsche’s future traditions. The car was the first machine to wear the Carrera nameplate that adorns 911s today, and the 356 was used extensively in motorsport.In short, the 356 is in many ways the birth of what we consider a “true” sports car today. And now you have a chance to own one. Canepa is currently offering a near factory-perfect 1953 Pre-A 356 1500 Coupe. It’s a numbers matching car that is fresh off of an extensive restoration that won several awards. This particular car took top honors in the Concours Restoration Group at the 2018 Porsche Parade, won the Gmund Achievement with a near perfect score of 299.8 points, and it was scored first in the Class Restored Category. This is conclusively and objectively one of the nicest Porsche 356 cars in existence.But owning this 356 would be about so much more than meticulous restoration and winning awards. You would be the steward of history and heritage. Every Porsche in this world today owes some semblance of its existence to this car. You will be the keeper of a legend so impactful that its influence will be felt for hundreds of years from now. Just as Henry Ford redefined what the automotive business could be with the Model T, It was Ferry Porsche and the 356 that launched a performance icon.Become part of that history and that lineage with this 1953 Porsche. Just make sure you treat it as the great Ferry himself envisioned, and keep driving it on public roads so that the rest of the world can bask in its glory. Related Articles:    * 2017 Ford GT Sells for $1.54 Million, Proving Rising Prices    * Roast Some Ponies With A 1969 Chevy Camaro SS

    "I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of, so I decided to build it myself." - Ferry PorscheThe Porsche 911 is maybe the greatest sports car of all time. For more than 50 years the 911 has been defining how a sports car should drive and perform, consistently setting the benchmark for driver engagement and enjoyment. The 911 was not the first car Ferdinand Porsche created though. The true heritage of the 911, and the Porsche brand as a whole, can all be traced back to one machine. This is the Porsche 356 Pre-A. As a machine on its own, the 356 doesn’t get as much recognition or attention as the legendary 911, but don’t let that relative obscurity dampen its impact and legacy. With a rearward-mounted flat four-cylinder engine and humpbacked profile, the DNA of the 911 is evident. The 356 was also the starting point for many of Porsche’s future traditions. The car was the first machine to wear the Carrera nameplate that adorns 911s today, and the 356 was used extensively in motorsport.In short, the 356 is in many ways the birth of what we consider a “true” sports car today. And now you have a chance to own one. Canepa is currently offering a near factory-perfect 1953 Pre-A 356 1500 Coupe. It’s a numbers matching car that is fresh off of an extensive restoration that won several awards. This particular car took top honors in the Concours Restoration Group at the 2018 Porsche Parade, won the Gmund Achievement with a near perfect score of 299.8 points, and it was scored first in the Class Restored Category. This is conclusively and objectively one of the nicest Porsche 356 cars in existence.But owning this 356 would be about so much more than meticulous restoration and winning awards. You would be the steward of history and heritage. Every Porsche in this world today owes some semblance of its existence to this car. You will be the keeper of a legend so impactful that its influence will be felt for hundreds of years from now. Just as Henry Ford redefined what the automotive business could be with the Model T, It was Ferry Porsche and the 356 that launched a performance icon.Become part of that history and that lineage with this 1953 Porsche. Just make sure you treat it as the great Ferry himself envisioned, and keep driving it on public roads so that the rest of the world can bask in its glory. Related Articles: * 2017 Ford GT Sells for $1.54 Million, Proving Rising Prices * Roast Some Ponies With A 1969 Chevy Camaro SS


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  • 48/79   Two Foreign-Born Trump Donors Who Connected Giuliani to Ukrainian Prosecutors Arrested on Campaign-Finance Charges
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    Two foreign-born Trump supporters who were clients of Rudy Giuliani and helped connect Giuliani with Ukrainian officials as he sought an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden were arrested late Wednesday and charged with campaign-finance violations.Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the Florida businessmen charged by federal prosecutors, are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia on Thursday. According to Federal Election Commission records, the two gave $325,000 in May 2018 to America First Action, the main pro-Trump super PAC, through an LLC called Global Energy Producers. In July 2018, the Campaign Legal Center, a transparency-advocacy group, filed a complaint with the FEC over the donation, alleging that Parnas and Fruman had broken campaign-finance laws by disguising the source of the money through Global Energy Producers.The indictment states that the two men made contributions “for the purpose of gaining influence with politicians so as to advance their own personal financial interests and the political interests of Ukrainian government officials.” It also references a congressman — identifiable as former Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions — who Parnas and Fruman pledged to raise $20,000 dollars for, to seek help “in causing the U.S. Government to remove or recall the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.”Pictures recovered from deleted Facebook posts show the two men have met President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. A picture from Sept. 20 shows Giuliani with Parnas in the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.House committees last month sought to depose Parnas and Fruman and obtain documents related to their interactions with the Trump administration, Giuliani, and Ukrainian officials.John Dowd, a lawyer who represents the two men and worked for the president in the past, sent a letter to the House Intelligence Committee last week criticizing the requests as “overly broad and unduly burdensome,” and noted that the two men had helped Giuliani “in connection with his representation of President Trump.” The Wall Street Journal reports that Fruman and Parnas connected Giuliani to current and former Ukrainian prosecutors starting in late 2018.Update: 3:00 p.m. According to an eyewitness, Fruman and Parness met with Giuliani for lunch at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Wednesday. The two men were later arrested at Dulles International Airport. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Thursday that Fruman and Parness had both purchased one-way international tickets.

    Two foreign-born Trump supporters who were clients of Rudy Giuliani and helped connect Giuliani with Ukrainian officials as he sought an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden were arrested late Wednesday and charged with campaign-finance violations.Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the Florida businessmen charged by federal prosecutors, are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia on Thursday. According to Federal Election Commission records, the two gave $325,000 in May 2018 to America First Action, the main pro-Trump super PAC, through an LLC called Global Energy Producers. In July 2018, the Campaign Legal Center, a transparency-advocacy group, filed a complaint with the FEC over the donation, alleging that Parnas and Fruman had broken campaign-finance laws by disguising the source of the money through Global Energy Producers.The indictment states that the two men made contributions “for the purpose of gaining influence with politicians so as to advance their own personal financial interests and the political interests of Ukrainian government officials.” It also references a congressman — identifiable as former Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions — who Parnas and Fruman pledged to raise $20,000 dollars for, to seek help “in causing the U.S. Government to remove or recall the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.”Pictures recovered from deleted Facebook posts show the two men have met President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. A picture from Sept. 20 shows Giuliani with Parnas in the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.House committees last month sought to depose Parnas and Fruman and obtain documents related to their interactions with the Trump administration, Giuliani, and Ukrainian officials.John Dowd, a lawyer who represents the two men and worked for the president in the past, sent a letter to the House Intelligence Committee last week criticizing the requests as “overly broad and unduly burdensome,” and noted that the two men had helped Giuliani “in connection with his representation of President Trump.” The Wall Street Journal reports that Fruman and Parnas connected Giuliani to current and former Ukrainian prosecutors starting in late 2018.Update: 3:00 p.m. According to an eyewitness, Fruman and Parness met with Giuliani for lunch at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Wednesday. The two men were later arrested at Dulles International Airport. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Thursday that Fruman and Parness had both purchased one-way international tickets.


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  • 49/79   China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history of Muslims
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    Even in death there is no respite for the Uighurs, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, according to a new investigation that has revealed China is destroying burial grounds where generations of families have been interred. Over the past two years, tombs have been smashed and human bones scattered in dozens of desecrated cemeteries in China’s northwest region, research by Agence France Presse and satellite imagery analysts Earthrise Alliance has revealed. While the official explanation for the policy is urban development or the “standardisation” of old graves, overseas Uighurs say the destruction is part of the state’s concerted effort to eradicate their ethnic identity and control every aspect of their lives. "This is all part of China's campaign to effectively eradicate any evidence of who we are, to effectively make us like the Han Chinese," said Salih Hudayar, who said the graveyard where his great-grandparents were buried was demolished. "That's why they're destroying all of these historical sites, these cemeteries, to disconnect us from our history, from our fathers and our ancestors," he said. Satellite images received on September 30, 2019 from CNES 2019, distributed by Airbus DS and produced by Earthrise shows a picture from April 24, 2018 (top) showing the Sulanim cemetery (C) in Hotan, Xinjiang province and the same view on August 6, 2019 (bottom)  Credit: AFP An estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities have been rounded up into re-education camps in Xinjiang in the name of combatting religious extremism and separatism. Former detainees interviewed by The Telegraph have recounted horrific torture, being forced to memorise Chinese Communist Party propaganda, and to renounce Islam. Those who are free are intimidated by suffocating surveillance and restrictions, including bans on beards and veils. A further Telegraph investigation in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in June found evidence of widespread intimidation of the local population, whether inside mosques or in family homes, including reports that officials were offering “gifts” of pork, a forbidden food for Muslims. A picture from August 29, 2017 (top) showing a cemetery (C) and the same view on July 5, 2019 with no sign of the facility in Xayar, Xinjiang province Credit: AFP Beijing has long sought to control the resource-rich region of Xinjiang, where decades of government-encouraged migration of the Han – China’s ethnic majority – have fuelled resentment among Uighurs. Last year, Uighur exile groups reported that the Chinese authorities were setting up “burial management centres” in a bid to exert control over the most private aspects of their lives.   The latest investigation claims that the destruction of existing graveyards has been carried out with little respect for the dead – with AFP journalists discovering human bones discarded at three site and other sites where tombs were reduced to mounds of bricks.   Satellite imagery analysed by AFP and Earthrise Alliance, shows that the Chinese government has, since 2014, exhumed and flattened at least 45 Uighur cemeteries - including 30 in the past two years. The Xinjiang government did not respond to a request for comment. This photo taken on September 13, 2019 shows the works of a park in a place where before there was a Uighur cemetery in Kuche in the region of Xinjiang. Credit: AFP The destruction is "not just about religious persecution," said Nurgul Sawut, who has five generations of family buried in Yengisar, southwestern Xinjiang. "It is much deeper than that," said Ms Sawut, who now lives in Australia and last visited Xinjiang in 2016 to attend her father's funeral. "If you destroy that cemetery ... you're uprooting whoever's on that land, whoever's connected to that land," she explained. China has dismissed the escalating global criticism of its treatment of Uighurs, denying there are any human rights issues in the region. This week, the United States said it would curb visas for officials over the alleged abuses and blacklisted 28 Chinese facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology firms that it accuses of being implicated in the repression of the Muslim minority. "This kind of behavior seriously violates the basic norms of international relations, interferes in China's internal affairs, and harms China's interests," said Geng Shuang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman. "The Chinese side strongly deplores and opposes it."

    Even in death there is no respite for the Uighurs, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, according to a new investigation that has revealed China is destroying burial grounds where generations of families have been interred. Over the past two years, tombs have been smashed and human bones scattered in dozens of desecrated cemeteries in China’s northwest region, research by Agence France Presse and satellite imagery analysts Earthrise Alliance has revealed. While the official explanation for the policy is urban development or the “standardisation” of old graves, overseas Uighurs say the destruction is part of the state’s concerted effort to eradicate their ethnic identity and control every aspect of their lives. "This is all part of China's campaign to effectively eradicate any evidence of who we are, to effectively make us like the Han Chinese," said Salih Hudayar, who said the graveyard where his great-grandparents were buried was demolished. "That's why they're destroying all of these historical sites, these cemeteries, to disconnect us from our history, from our fathers and our ancestors," he said. Satellite images received on September 30, 2019 from CNES 2019, distributed by Airbus DS and produced by Earthrise shows a picture from April 24, 2018 (top) showing the Sulanim cemetery (C) in Hotan, Xinjiang province and the same view on August 6, 2019 (bottom)  Credit: AFP An estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities have been rounded up into re-education camps in Xinjiang in the name of combatting religious extremism and separatism. Former detainees interviewed by The Telegraph have recounted horrific torture, being forced to memorise Chinese Communist Party propaganda, and to renounce Islam. Those who are free are intimidated by suffocating surveillance and restrictions, including bans on beards and veils. A further Telegraph investigation in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in June found evidence of widespread intimidation of the local population, whether inside mosques or in family homes, including reports that officials were offering “gifts” of pork, a forbidden food for Muslims. A picture from August 29, 2017 (top) showing a cemetery (C) and the same view on July 5, 2019 with no sign of the facility in Xayar, Xinjiang province Credit: AFP Beijing has long sought to control the resource-rich region of Xinjiang, where decades of government-encouraged migration of the Han – China’s ethnic majority – have fuelled resentment among Uighurs. Last year, Uighur exile groups reported that the Chinese authorities were setting up “burial management centres” in a bid to exert control over the most private aspects of their lives.   The latest investigation claims that the destruction of existing graveyards has been carried out with little respect for the dead – with AFP journalists discovering human bones discarded at three site and other sites where tombs were reduced to mounds of bricks.   Satellite imagery analysed by AFP and Earthrise Alliance, shows that the Chinese government has, since 2014, exhumed and flattened at least 45 Uighur cemeteries - including 30 in the past two years. The Xinjiang government did not respond to a request for comment. This photo taken on September 13, 2019 shows the works of a park in a place where before there was a Uighur cemetery in Kuche in the region of Xinjiang. Credit: AFP The destruction is "not just about religious persecution," said Nurgul Sawut, who has five generations of family buried in Yengisar, southwestern Xinjiang. "It is much deeper than that," said Ms Sawut, who now lives in Australia and last visited Xinjiang in 2016 to attend her father's funeral. "If you destroy that cemetery ... you're uprooting whoever's on that land, whoever's connected to that land," she explained. China has dismissed the escalating global criticism of its treatment of Uighurs, denying there are any human rights issues in the region. This week, the United States said it would curb visas for officials over the alleged abuses and blacklisted 28 Chinese facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology firms that it accuses of being implicated in the repression of the Muslim minority. "This kind of behavior seriously violates the basic norms of international relations, interferes in China's internal affairs, and harms China's interests," said Geng Shuang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman. "The Chinese side strongly deplores and opposes it."


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  • 50/79   NASA launches satellite to explore where air meets space
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    NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space.  Five seconds after the satellite's release, the attached Pegasus rocket ignited, sending Icon on its way.  It's in constant flux as space weather bombards it from above and Earth weather from below, sometimes disrupting radio communications.

    NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. Five seconds after the satellite's release, the attached Pegasus rocket ignited, sending Icon on its way. It's in constant flux as space weather bombards it from above and Earth weather from below, sometimes disrupting radio communications.


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  • 51/79   Climate Change Is Shaping Up As an Utter Disaster for Much of America's Bird Life
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    Two thirds of American bird species are at risk, according to a new report

    Two thirds of American bird species are at risk, according to a new report


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  • 52/79   A NASA image shows the center of our galaxy in unprecedented detail. Expect far more revealing photos from a soon-to-launch telescope.
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    NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will bring "the highest-quality image ever obtained of the galactic center," one researcher said.

    NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will bring "the highest-quality image ever obtained of the galactic center," one researcher said.


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  • 53/79   Babies at higher risk of heart defects if dad drinks alcohol before conception: Study
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    Does a dad's drinking matter as much as a mom's before conception?  Researchers in China believe that a father's alcohol intake may actually affect a future child more than a mother's.  'Binge drinking by would-be parents is a high-risk and dangerous behavior that not only may increase the chance of their baby being born with a heart defect, but also greatly damages their own health,' study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China, said in a statement.

    Does a dad's drinking matter as much as a mom's before conception? Researchers in China believe that a father's alcohol intake may actually affect a future child more than a mother's. 'Binge drinking by would-be parents is a high-risk and dangerous behavior that not only may increase the chance of their baby being born with a heart defect, but also greatly damages their own health,' study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China, said in a statement.


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  • 54/79   Victor the eagle's bird's eye view of the Alps raises climate change awareness
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    Victor, a nine-year old white-tailed eagle, set off this week on a mission to raise awareness of climate change in the Alps, which have already been hard hit by the rise in global temperatures.  Equipped with a 360-degree camera mounted on his back, Victor soared above Mont Blanc and was set to take in five countries in five days, filming some of the world's most spectacular scenery.  Victor is part of the Alpine Eagle Race project, which aims to raise awareness of melting glaciers and other effects of global warming through the combined eyes of the eagle, a photographer and a scientist.

    Victor, a nine-year old white-tailed eagle, set off this week on a mission to raise awareness of climate change in the Alps, which have already been hard hit by the rise in global temperatures. Equipped with a 360-degree camera mounted on his back, Victor soared above Mont Blanc and was set to take in five countries in five days, filming some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Victor is part of the Alpine Eagle Race project, which aims to raise awareness of melting glaciers and other effects of global warming through the combined eyes of the eagle, a photographer and a scientist.


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  • 55/79   Women may be under-diagnosed for Alzheimer’s, while men over-diagnosed, new study suggests
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    Women often perform better on verbal tests. So when they're used to diagnose cognitive declines that precede Alzheimer's, women may be under-diagnosed

    Women often perform better on verbal tests. So when they're used to diagnose cognitive declines that precede Alzheimer's, women may be under-diagnosed


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  • 56/79   Museum explores spooky science behind 'Frankenstein', 'The Mummy'
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    What is the spookiest thing about 'Frankenstein,' 'The Mummy' and 'Dracula'?  Or the fact that these classic horror films were all rooted in real-life scientific experiments and discoveries?  The 'Natural History of Horror' -- opening Thursday, as Halloween looms -- displays the cloth wrappings used to mummify Boris Karloff in the 1932 classic movie alongside real ancient Egyptian corpse bindings from the museum's archeology collection.

    What is the spookiest thing about 'Frankenstein,' 'The Mummy' and 'Dracula'? Or the fact that these classic horror films were all rooted in real-life scientific experiments and discoveries? The 'Natural History of Horror' -- opening Thursday, as Halloween looms -- displays the cloth wrappings used to mummify Boris Karloff in the 1932 classic movie alongside real ancient Egyptian corpse bindings from the museum's archeology collection.


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  • 57/79   'Koala AIDS' research reveals genome evolution in action
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    Wild koalas sickened by a deadly retrovirus are fighting the disease at the genetic level, scientists said Thursday, a rare evolutionary process unfolding before our eyes.  It is linked to Koala Immune Deficiency Syndrome (KIDS), which is similar to but less potent than AIDS in humans, and makes the animals susceptible to fatal cancers and secondary infections like chlamydia that renders them infertile.  Retroviruses work by inserting their genome into a host genome, but unlike HIV, KoRV-A also enters the animal's germ cells that produce sperm and eggs, meaning it gets passed down through generations.

    Wild koalas sickened by a deadly retrovirus are fighting the disease at the genetic level, scientists said Thursday, a rare evolutionary process unfolding before our eyes. It is linked to Koala Immune Deficiency Syndrome (KIDS), which is similar to but less potent than AIDS in humans, and makes the animals susceptible to fatal cancers and secondary infections like chlamydia that renders them infertile. Retroviruses work by inserting their genome into a host genome, but unlike HIV, KoRV-A also enters the animal's germ cells that produce sperm and eggs, meaning it gets passed down through generations.


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  • 58/79   Artificial meat is now made in space, coming to a supermarket near you
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    Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets.  Tests carried out in space in September led to the production of beef, rabbit and fish tissue using a 3D printer.  This new technology 'could make long-term travel possible and renew space exploration,' to Mars for example, said Didier Toubia, the head of the Israeli startup Aleph Farms, which provided cells for the tests.

    Creating meat from cells is no longer the realm of science fiction: a Russian cosmonaut did it aboard the International Space Station, and it is just a matter of time before these products arrive in supermarkets. Tests carried out in space in September led to the production of beef, rabbit and fish tissue using a 3D printer. This new technology 'could make long-term travel possible and renew space exploration,' to Mars for example, said Didier Toubia, the head of the Israeli startup Aleph Farms, which provided cells for the tests.


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  • 59/79   NASA’s chief and SpaceX’s Elon Musk mend fences – and give ‘best guess’ for Crew Dragon’s big flight
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    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine visited SpaceX's headquarters in California today, for what was seen as an opportunity to smooth over differences and update expectations for SpaceX's first-ever crewed spaceflight. Over the past few years, the first flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts aboard has been repeatedly rescheduled, leading to moments of frustration for Bridenstine. But after meeting with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and others at the company's facilities in Hawthorne, Calif., the NASA chief suggested the goal was in sight. "If everything goes according to plan, it will be in the first quarter… Read More

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine visited SpaceX's headquarters in California today, for what was seen as an opportunity to smooth over differences and update expectations for SpaceX's first-ever crewed spaceflight. Over the past few years, the first flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts aboard has been repeatedly rescheduled, leading to moments of frustration for Bridenstine. But after meeting with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and others at the company's facilities in Hawthorne, Calif., the NASA chief suggested the goal was in sight. "If everything goes according to plan, it will be in the first quarter… Read More


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  • 60/79   Turkish Markets Get a Fresh Dent as Putin Doubts Syria Operation
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    (Bloomberg) -- The lira fell with Turkish government bonds as Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern over Ankara’s military campaign into northeast Syria, compounding a volatile week marked by an international backlash to the Turkish incursion.The currency fell to a session low just past 5.88 per dollar after Putin said he wasn’t sure if the Turkish army would be able to quickly take the situation under control, according to comments carried by Interfax. The yield on the two-year government note jumped 22 basis points to 15.05%, nearing a high touched earlier this week.The losses come after what traders described as aggressive dollar sales earlier in the week by state banks to steady the lira, which has declined almost 3% this week. It slumped to as low as 5.8982 on Thursday, the weakest level since late August.Turkish troops began a major incursion into northeastern Syria on Wednesday to combat American-backed Kurdish forces, prompting the U.S. congress to threaten to sanction Turkey. Penalties will also be debated next week at the European Union leaders’ meeting, France’s EU Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin said on Friday.To soften the blow, state lenders sold at least $3.5 billion of foreign currency to support the lira this week, according to three people with knowledge of matter who asked not be named because the information isn’t public. The banks sold around $1.5 billion on Thursday alone, the people said.The lira was trading 0.3% weaker at 5.8542 per dollar as of 2:56 p.m. in Istanbul after touching a session low of 5.8828. It was the only emerging-market currency to weaken against the dollar on Friday.To contact the reporters on this story: Constantine Courcoulas in Istanbul at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.net;Asli Kandemir in Istanbul at akandemir@bloomberg.net;Kerim Karakaya in Istanbul at kkarakaya2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Onur Ant at oant@bloomberg.net, ;Dana El Baltaji at delbaltaji@bloomberg.net, Robert Brand, Marton EderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The lira fell with Turkish government bonds as Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern over Ankara’s military campaign into northeast Syria, compounding a volatile week marked by an international backlash to the Turkish incursion.The currency fell to a session low just past 5.88 per dollar after Putin said he wasn’t sure if the Turkish army would be able to quickly take the situation under control, according to comments carried by Interfax. The yield on the two-year government note jumped 22 basis points to 15.05%, nearing a high touched earlier this week.The losses come after what traders described as aggressive dollar sales earlier in the week by state banks to steady the lira, which has declined almost 3% this week. It slumped to as low as 5.8982 on Thursday, the weakest level since late August.Turkish troops began a major incursion into northeastern Syria on Wednesday to combat American-backed Kurdish forces, prompting the U.S. congress to threaten to sanction Turkey. Penalties will also be debated next week at the European Union leaders’ meeting, France’s EU Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin said on Friday.To soften the blow, state lenders sold at least $3.5 billion of foreign currency to support the lira this week, according to three people with knowledge of matter who asked not be named because the information isn’t public. The banks sold around $1.5 billion on Thursday alone, the people said.The lira was trading 0.3% weaker at 5.8542 per dollar as of 2:56 p.m. in Istanbul after touching a session low of 5.8828. It was the only emerging-market currency to weaken against the dollar on Friday.To contact the reporters on this story: Constantine Courcoulas in Istanbul at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.net;Asli Kandemir in Istanbul at akandemir@bloomberg.net;Kerim Karakaya in Istanbul at kkarakaya2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Onur Ant at oant@bloomberg.net, ;Dana El Baltaji at delbaltaji@bloomberg.net, Robert Brand, Marton EderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 61/79   Deaths, displacement as Turkey's Syria offensive in 3rd day
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    Turkish forces pushed deeper into northeastern Syria on Friday, the third day of Ankara's cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters that has set off another mass displacement of civilians and met with widespread criticism from the international community.  Earlier, at least six civilians were killed in Turkey and seven civilians have been killed in Syria since Ankara this week launched the air and ground operation into Syria's northeast.

    Turkish forces pushed deeper into northeastern Syria on Friday, the third day of Ankara's cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters that has set off another mass displacement of civilians and met with widespread criticism from the international community. Earlier, at least six civilians were killed in Turkey and seven civilians have been killed in Syria since Ankara this week launched the air and ground operation into Syria's northeast.


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  • 62/79   The Latest: Turkish news agency: 2 more villages captured
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    Turkey's official news agency says two more Kurdish-held villages have been captured on the third day of the cross-border offensive.  Anadolu news agency said Friday Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters and the Turkish military captured the villages of Tal Hafer and Asfar Nejjar near Ras al-Ayn.  Thirteen villages around Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn in northeastern Syria were captured in the last two days.

    Turkey's official news agency says two more Kurdish-held villages have been captured on the third day of the cross-border offensive. Anadolu news agency said Friday Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters and the Turkish military captured the villages of Tal Hafer and Asfar Nejjar near Ras al-Ayn. Thirteen villages around Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn in northeastern Syria were captured in the last two days.


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  • 63/79   To Free Client, Giuliani Pushed Tillerson for Help
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    During a contentious Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017, Rudy Giuliani pressed for help in securing the release of a jailed client, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, as part of a potential prisoner swap with Turkey.The request by Giuliani provoked an immediate objection from Tillerson, who argued that it would be highly inappropriate to interfere in an open criminal case, according to two people briefed on the meeting.The gold trader, Reza Zarrab, had been accused by federal prosecutors of playing a central role in an effort by a state-owned Turkish bank to funnel more than $10 billion worth of gold and cash to Iran, in defiance of U.S. sanctions designed to curb Iran's nuclear program.But at the White House meeting in early 2017, Giuliani and his longtime friend and colleague, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, pushed back on Tillerson's objections.Rather than side with his secretary of state, Trump told them to work it out themselves, according to the two people briefed on the meeting. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.In the end, no such prisoner swap took place. But the episode has opened a new chapter in Giuliani's efforts to interject himself into the Trump administration's diplomacy while at times representing clients with a direct interest in the outcome.The Oval Office meeting occurred before Giuliani became Trump's personal lawyer for the special counsel's Russia investigation. In recent weeks, Giuliani's campaign to press Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of one of Trump's political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, has thrust him into the middle of the House impeachment inquiry. And on Wednesday, two of Giuliani's associates in that campaign were arrested on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.Giuliani, in an interview Thursday, defended his actions in the gold trader case, which were first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg.Giuliani, well known for his hawkish views on Iran, said he had been willing to represent Zarrab because the proposed prisoner swap would have secured the release of an American pastor who was being held in Turkey on terrorism-related charges the United States considered fabricated.He likened his efforts -- which also included apprising Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, of what he wanted -- to maneuvers during the Cold War to trade enemy spies for Americans detained overseas.Giuliani questioned how his actions were any different. "It happened to be a good trade," he said. "I expected to be a hero like in a Tom Hanks movie."But his involvement, as a private citizen and friend of the president in the months after Trump passed him over for the role of secretary of state, left some in the administration uncomfortable, given the strained and complicated relationship between the United States and Turkey.Giuliani's moves also ran counter to a long-running effort to curb Iran's nuclear program as the United States was trying to punish players, like Zarrab, who helped the regime evade sanctions.The Zarrab case, called the single largest evasion of Iranian sanctions in U.S. history, revolved around a scheme by the Turkish bank in 2012 and 2013 to send billions of dollars in gold and cash to Iran in exchange for oil and natural gas.Zarrab, who has Turkish and Iranian citizenship, was arrested in Florida in March 2016 on a family trip to Disney World, and was accused of an illicit operation that relied on false documents and front companies to move the assets to Iran from the accounts of Halkbank, the second-largest state-owned lender in Turkey.Getting him out of the United States was a high priority for Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, because Zarrab had information that would later implicate senior bank officials, as well as Turkish government officials, in the scheme.Indeed, after the prison swap failed, Zarrab became a key witness and testified that in 2012, Erdogan, then Turkey's prime minister, had ordered that two Turkish banks be allowed to participate in the sanction-evasion scheme. Giuliani said that he was brought into the effort by Mukasey, who had been hired by Zarrab's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman.The two men had been pressing their case with Trump in the Oval Office in early 2017 when Tillerson joined the conversation, according to the two people briefed on the meeting. Tillerson, who could not be reached for comment, was surprised to find Giuliani and Mukasey at what he thought would be a regular private meeting with the president, the people said.Trump asked Giuliani to tell Tillerson what he wanted, which prompted Tillerson's objections.Mukasey's spokesman did not return a request for comment.Giuliani, in the interview Thursday, disputed the account provided to The New York Times of the discussion he had with Tillerson about Zarrab -- and the assertion that Tillerson replied that such a step was inappropriate. But Giuliani did not specify what aspects of the account he found inaccurate, saying he could not discuss the meeting because of attorney-client privilege."This is a completely malicious story coming from the consistent attack on me to try to destroy my credibility," Giuliani said.He added that at the time, "nobody ever complained" to him from the Trump administration about his role in the case.Giuliani and Mukasey were persistent in the effort. Court filings show that they discussed the matter with State Department officials in Turkey before meeting with Erdogan himself, and that Sessions and Preet Bharara, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, were informed "on a confidential basis."Giuliani argued in court filings that "none of the transactions in which Mr. Zarrab is alleged to have participated involved weapons or nuclear technology, or any other contraband, but rather involved consumer goods, and that Turkey is situated in a part of the world strategically critical to the United States."And Mukasey, in an April 2017 court filing, asserted that "senior U.S. officials have remained receptive to pursuing the possibility of an agreement."But officials at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan remained opposed to the Zarrab trade, as did Tillerson. Giuliani, in the Thursday interview, said he wasn't sure why the proposal fell apart.What's clear is that Zarrab pleaded guilty in October 2017 to the charges, and became a key witness in federal criminal cases prosecuted in New York that led to the conviction of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Halkbank.During Atilla's criminal trial in late 2017, the judge overseeing the case criticized Giuliani's role in trying to secure Zarrab's freedom, noting that such a move might benefit Iran."Most respectfully, the Giuliani and Mukasey affidavits appear surprisingly disingenuous in failing to mention the central role of Iran in the indictment, and indeed, failing to mention Iran at all in their affidavits," the judge, Richard M. Berman, said, citing statements in which the men suggested Zarrab's release might help the United States.Atilla was sentenced to 32 months in prison. But he was released early from jail in July and then returned to Turkey, where he was greeted at the airport like a hero in Istanbul by Turkey's treasury and finance minister, Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan's son-in-law. Zarrab's whereabouts has not been disclosed by the U.S. government.The American pastor, Andrew Brunson, was also released, without a trade involving Zarrab, in October 2018. The move was credited with an overall improvement in relations between Trump and Erdogan.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    During a contentious Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017, Rudy Giuliani pressed for help in securing the release of a jailed client, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, as part of a potential prisoner swap with Turkey.The request by Giuliani provoked an immediate objection from Tillerson, who argued that it would be highly inappropriate to interfere in an open criminal case, according to two people briefed on the meeting.The gold trader, Reza Zarrab, had been accused by federal prosecutors of playing a central role in an effort by a state-owned Turkish bank to funnel more than $10 billion worth of gold and cash to Iran, in defiance of U.S. sanctions designed to curb Iran's nuclear program.But at the White House meeting in early 2017, Giuliani and his longtime friend and colleague, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, pushed back on Tillerson's objections.Rather than side with his secretary of state, Trump told them to work it out themselves, according to the two people briefed on the meeting. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.In the end, no such prisoner swap took place. But the episode has opened a new chapter in Giuliani's efforts to interject himself into the Trump administration's diplomacy while at times representing clients with a direct interest in the outcome.The Oval Office meeting occurred before Giuliani became Trump's personal lawyer for the special counsel's Russia investigation. In recent weeks, Giuliani's campaign to press Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of one of Trump's political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, has thrust him into the middle of the House impeachment inquiry. And on Wednesday, two of Giuliani's associates in that campaign were arrested on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.Giuliani, in an interview Thursday, defended his actions in the gold trader case, which were first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg.Giuliani, well known for his hawkish views on Iran, said he had been willing to represent Zarrab because the proposed prisoner swap would have secured the release of an American pastor who was being held in Turkey on terrorism-related charges the United States considered fabricated.He likened his efforts -- which also included apprising Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, of what he wanted -- to maneuvers during the Cold War to trade enemy spies for Americans detained overseas.Giuliani questioned how his actions were any different. "It happened to be a good trade," he said. "I expected to be a hero like in a Tom Hanks movie."But his involvement, as a private citizen and friend of the president in the months after Trump passed him over for the role of secretary of state, left some in the administration uncomfortable, given the strained and complicated relationship between the United States and Turkey.Giuliani's moves also ran counter to a long-running effort to curb Iran's nuclear program as the United States was trying to punish players, like Zarrab, who helped the regime evade sanctions.The Zarrab case, called the single largest evasion of Iranian sanctions in U.S. history, revolved around a scheme by the Turkish bank in 2012 and 2013 to send billions of dollars in gold and cash to Iran in exchange for oil and natural gas.Zarrab, who has Turkish and Iranian citizenship, was arrested in Florida in March 2016 on a family trip to Disney World, and was accused of an illicit operation that relied on false documents and front companies to move the assets to Iran from the accounts of Halkbank, the second-largest state-owned lender in Turkey.Getting him out of the United States was a high priority for Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, because Zarrab had information that would later implicate senior bank officials, as well as Turkish government officials, in the scheme.Indeed, after the prison swap failed, Zarrab became a key witness and testified that in 2012, Erdogan, then Turkey's prime minister, had ordered that two Turkish banks be allowed to participate in the sanction-evasion scheme. Giuliani said that he was brought into the effort by Mukasey, who had been hired by Zarrab's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman.The two men had been pressing their case with Trump in the Oval Office in early 2017 when Tillerson joined the conversation, according to the two people briefed on the meeting. Tillerson, who could not be reached for comment, was surprised to find Giuliani and Mukasey at what he thought would be a regular private meeting with the president, the people said.Trump asked Giuliani to tell Tillerson what he wanted, which prompted Tillerson's objections.Mukasey's spokesman did not return a request for comment.Giuliani, in the interview Thursday, disputed the account provided to The New York Times of the discussion he had with Tillerson about Zarrab -- and the assertion that Tillerson replied that such a step was inappropriate. But Giuliani did not specify what aspects of the account he found inaccurate, saying he could not discuss the meeting because of attorney-client privilege."This is a completely malicious story coming from the consistent attack on me to try to destroy my credibility," Giuliani said.He added that at the time, "nobody ever complained" to him from the Trump administration about his role in the case.Giuliani and Mukasey were persistent in the effort. Court filings show that they discussed the matter with State Department officials in Turkey before meeting with Erdogan himself, and that Sessions and Preet Bharara, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, were informed "on a confidential basis."Giuliani argued in court filings that "none of the transactions in which Mr. Zarrab is alleged to have participated involved weapons or nuclear technology, or any other contraband, but rather involved consumer goods, and that Turkey is situated in a part of the world strategically critical to the United States."And Mukasey, in an April 2017 court filing, asserted that "senior U.S. officials have remained receptive to pursuing the possibility of an agreement."But officials at the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan remained opposed to the Zarrab trade, as did Tillerson. Giuliani, in the Thursday interview, said he wasn't sure why the proposal fell apart.What's clear is that Zarrab pleaded guilty in October 2017 to the charges, and became a key witness in federal criminal cases prosecuted in New York that led to the conviction of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Halkbank.During Atilla's criminal trial in late 2017, the judge overseeing the case criticized Giuliani's role in trying to secure Zarrab's freedom, noting that such a move might benefit Iran."Most respectfully, the Giuliani and Mukasey affidavits appear surprisingly disingenuous in failing to mention the central role of Iran in the indictment, and indeed, failing to mention Iran at all in their affidavits," the judge, Richard M. Berman, said, citing statements in which the men suggested Zarrab's release might help the United States.Atilla was sentenced to 32 months in prison. But he was released early from jail in July and then returned to Turkey, where he was greeted at the airport like a hero in Istanbul by Turkey's treasury and finance minister, Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan's son-in-law. Zarrab's whereabouts has not been disclosed by the U.S. government.The American pastor, Andrew Brunson, was also released, without a trade involving Zarrab, in October 2018. The move was credited with an overall improvement in relations between Trump and Erdogan.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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  • 64/79   Iran says oil tanker struck by missiles off Saudi Arabia
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    Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.  There was no word from Saudi Arabia on the reported attack and Saudi officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  'This latest incident, if confirmed to be an act of aggression, is highly likely to be part of the wider narrative of deteriorating relations between Saudi and the U.S. and Iran,' private maritime security firm Dryad Maritime warned.

    Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. There was no word from Saudi Arabia on the reported attack and Saudi officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 'This latest incident, if confirmed to be an act of aggression, is highly likely to be part of the wider narrative of deteriorating relations between Saudi and the U.S. and Iran,' private maritime security firm Dryad Maritime warned.


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  • 65/79   Yandex Hit as Kremlin Backs Limits on Foreign Stakes in IT Firms
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    (Bloomberg) -- The Kremlin is backing a draft law to restrict foreign ownership of Russia’s largest internet company, Yandex NV, and other local tech firms on national security grounds, despite warnings from providers that it will harm their businesses.The presidential administration supports proposals by Anton Gorelkin, a United Russia deputy in the lower house of parliament, that would limit foreign ownership in “significant information resources” to 20%, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified discussing internal issues. Yandex fell as much as 6.8% in Moscow trading Friday, heading for its biggest decline in a year.“As global IT corporations are seeking a monopoly and conquering new markets, it’s essential that we retain national companies in this sphere,” Gorelkin said at public hearings on the draft law late Thursday. “If we say the invisible hand of the market will do everything by itself, then our technology companies may end up in the hands of larger corporations.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov didn’t respond to a request to comment. The Bell online news service earlier reported that the Kremlin supported Gorelkin’s bill, which imposes the same limit on IT companies as the one on Russian media in a 2014 law signed by President Vladimir Putin.Yandex, which has expanded from Russia’s largest search engine to embrace services including taxis and food-delivery, has a free-float of 85% of its shares in the U.S. The draft law would hurt investments and restrict international development for Russian companies if passed in its current form, Yandex General Director Elena Bunina said at the hearings. Oleg Tumanov, founder of Russian online film and TV streaming service Ivi, said the proposed law would kill his company that’s been developing for a decade with help from foreign investors.It’s up to the government to determine which companies would be covered by the legislation, though Yandex is likely to be among them, and it may choose to set a higher threshold in individual cases, Gorelkin said on the sidelines of the hearings.‘Good Prospects’The measure, which is being prepared for first reading in the lower house of parliament, “has good prospects,” Gorelkin said. It’s supported by the state communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, and the Federal Antimonopoly Service, “while divisions with the Communication Ministry can be resolved in a working group,” he said.“This law is about national security. Data is the new oil,” said Igor Ashmanov, a government-linked IT expert who heads a company specializing in information technology. “What’s good about foreign investments? The Russian government is planning to spend billions to develop digital economy.”While Yandex’s founder Arkady Volozh and some of its developers have a special class of shares that gives them voting control in the company, “if something happens - they leave the company or, god forbid, die - these rights disappear and Yandex turns into an American pumpkin,” Ashmanov said.(Updates with share price decline in second paragraph)\--With assistance from Yuliya Fedorinova and Alex Nicholson.To contact the reporters on this story: Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net;Ilya Khrennikov in Moscow at ikhrennikov@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at rpenty@bloomberg.net, Tony Halpin, Alex NicholsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The Kremlin is backing a draft law to restrict foreign ownership of Russia’s largest internet company, Yandex NV, and other local tech firms on national security grounds, despite warnings from providers that it will harm their businesses.The presidential administration supports proposals by Anton Gorelkin, a United Russia deputy in the lower house of parliament, that would limit foreign ownership in “significant information resources” to 20%, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified discussing internal issues. Yandex fell as much as 6.8% in Moscow trading Friday, heading for its biggest decline in a year.“As global IT corporations are seeking a monopoly and conquering new markets, it’s essential that we retain national companies in this sphere,” Gorelkin said at public hearings on the draft law late Thursday. “If we say the invisible hand of the market will do everything by itself, then our technology companies may end up in the hands of larger corporations.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov didn’t respond to a request to comment. The Bell online news service earlier reported that the Kremlin supported Gorelkin’s bill, which imposes the same limit on IT companies as the one on Russian media in a 2014 law signed by President Vladimir Putin.Yandex, which has expanded from Russia’s largest search engine to embrace services including taxis and food-delivery, has a free-float of 85% of its shares in the U.S. The draft law would hurt investments and restrict international development for Russian companies if passed in its current form, Yandex General Director Elena Bunina said at the hearings. Oleg Tumanov, founder of Russian online film and TV streaming service Ivi, said the proposed law would kill his company that’s been developing for a decade with help from foreign investors.It’s up to the government to determine which companies would be covered by the legislation, though Yandex is likely to be among them, and it may choose to set a higher threshold in individual cases, Gorelkin said on the sidelines of the hearings.‘Good Prospects’The measure, which is being prepared for first reading in the lower house of parliament, “has good prospects,” Gorelkin said. It’s supported by the state communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, and the Federal Antimonopoly Service, “while divisions with the Communication Ministry can be resolved in a working group,” he said.“This law is about national security. Data is the new oil,” said Igor Ashmanov, a government-linked IT expert who heads a company specializing in information technology. “What’s good about foreign investments? The Russian government is planning to spend billions to develop digital economy.”While Yandex’s founder Arkady Volozh and some of its developers have a special class of shares that gives them voting control in the company, “if something happens - they leave the company or, god forbid, die - these rights disappear and Yandex turns into an American pumpkin,” Ashmanov said.(Updates with share price decline in second paragraph)\--With assistance from Yuliya Fedorinova and Alex Nicholson.To contact the reporters on this story: Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net;Ilya Khrennikov in Moscow at ikhrennikov@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at rpenty@bloomberg.net, Tony Halpin, Alex NicholsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 66/79   China's president in India for summit amid Kashmir tensions
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    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India on Friday for meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time of tensions over Beijing's support for Pakistan in opposing India's downgrading of Kashmir's semi-autonomy and continuing restrictions on the disputed region.  India's foreign ministry said Xi and Modi will meet in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram later Friday and Saturday.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India on Friday for meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time of tensions over Beijing's support for Pakistan in opposing India's downgrading of Kashmir's semi-autonomy and continuing restrictions on the disputed region. India's foreign ministry said Xi and Modi will meet in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram later Friday and Saturday.


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  • 67/79   In Syria, history repeats itself for displaced Kurds
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    For the second time in two years, Jihan and her family had to pack their bags and abandon their home in northern Syria because of a Turkish invasion.  'We don't know where to go,' she said, moments after reaching the school in the city Hasakeh which the autonomous Kurdish administration turned into a shelter.  According to the United Nations, 70,000 people have had to flee their homes since Turkey launched a cross-border offensive on Kurdish-controlled areas on Wednesday.

    For the second time in two years, Jihan and her family had to pack their bags and abandon their home in northern Syria because of a Turkish invasion. 'We don't know where to go,' she said, moments after reaching the school in the city Hasakeh which the autonomous Kurdish administration turned into a shelter. According to the United Nations, 70,000 people have had to flee their homes since Turkey launched a cross-border offensive on Kurdish-controlled areas on Wednesday.


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  • 68/79   Turkey's refugee plan met with widespread skepticism
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    In the face of widespread international criticism for his military foray into northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains defiant, standing by his pledge to return as many refugees as possible to a border corridor that will be carved out by force.  On Wednesday, Turkey sent its military into northern Syria after announcing plans to create a buffer zone which pushes back Kurdish militants and potentially allows some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees settled in the country to return.  The offensive was launched after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of American forces in northern Syria, a decision that has been fiercely criticized around the world and within his Republican Party.

    In the face of widespread international criticism for his military foray into northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains defiant, standing by his pledge to return as many refugees as possible to a border corridor that will be carved out by force. On Wednesday, Turkey sent its military into northern Syria after announcing plans to create a buffer zone which pushes back Kurdish militants and potentially allows some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees settled in the country to return. The offensive was launched after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of American forces in northern Syria, a decision that has been fiercely criticized around the world and within his Republican Party.


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  • 69/79   Uber launches boat service in Nigeria's megacity Lagos
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    Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Friday launched a pilot test of a boat service in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the megacity's notoriously congested roads.  The United Nations predicts that Nigeria's population will more than double to 400 million by 2050, which would make it the third most populous country in the world after China and India.  The combination of population growth and congestion has made Nigeria, and more broadly West Africa, attractive to foreign transport companies.

    Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Friday launched a pilot test of a boat service in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the megacity's notoriously congested roads. The United Nations predicts that Nigeria's population will more than double to 400 million by 2050, which would make it the third most populous country in the world after China and India. The combination of population growth and congestion has made Nigeria, and more broadly West Africa, attractive to foreign transport companies.


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

    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...


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

    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...


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  • 72/79   Try These Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
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    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...

    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...


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  • 73/79   The 9 Best Jobs for Teachers To Make Some Cash During the Summer Break
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    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.

    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.


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  • 74/79   How to Spot and Avoid Algal Blooms
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    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...

    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...


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  • 75/79   Get These 4 Vaccines for College
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    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...

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


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  • 76/79   DNA detectives: New tech can mean a diagnosis for your child, but not a lot of answers
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    Four-year-old Eli Kadkhoda is one of a handful of children with IRF2BPL-related condition, named after the gene to which it is linked. Its patients are all healthy at birth, stumbling and losing speech by kindergarten, wheelchair-dependent soon after.

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


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  • 77/79   Will Your Health Insurance Cover You Overseas?
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    If you’re traveling abroad this summer, the last thing you probably want to think about is what you’ll do if you get sick or injured. But experts say 15 percent of travelers encounter some kind o...

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


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  • 78/79   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 79/79   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. You might...

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


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