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

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  • 2/79   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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

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

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


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  • 4/79   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/79   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/79   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/79   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/79   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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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   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 16/79   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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  • 17/79   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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  • 18/79   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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  • 19/79   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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  • 20/79   Tech ETF Sweet Spots
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    With a stabilizing and steady economy shaping up, semiconductor ETFs will keep clicking.  

    With a stabilizing and steady economy shaping up, semiconductor ETFs will keep clicking.  


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  • 21/79   Stocks Slip, Yen Higher on Hong Kong Bill Concern: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks and U.S. futures slid after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill backing Hong Kong protesters, spurring another threat of retaliation from China and raising concerns about the prospect for an interim trade deal. The yen nudged higher and the yuan lower amid the increase in bilateral strains. Hong Kong shares were among the worst performers, though declines were still modest at the open. Japanese stocks were mostly flat. Earlier, the S&P 500 hit a fresh record high after U.S. economic data beat analysts’ expectations. The pound rose after a poll suggested the U.K. election could deliver a large majority for the Conservative Party.With volumes light ahead of the Thanksgiving break and little in the way of direct trade news, Trump's signing of a bill increasing American scrutiny of Hong Kong was one of the few narratives for investors. A global benchmark of developing and emerging-market equities remains just below its all-time record, on course for a third month of gains.“The bad news is, the trade war is still on,” Andy Kapyrin, director of research at RegentAtlantic Capital LLC, told Bloomberg TV. “I really don’t see substantial progress on trade with China,” and markets will perceive Trump’s signing of the bill negatively, he said.Elsewhere, a drop in Latin American currencies turned into a rout Wednesday as Chile’s peso, Brazil’s real and Colombia’s peso all hit record lows.Here are some key events coming up this week:The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, when equity and bond markets will be shut.Euro area inflation for October is due Friday.The Bank of Korea sets policy on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index fell 0.1% as of 10:37 a.m. in Tokyo.South Korea’s Kospi index dipped 0.2%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.4%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index climbed 0.4%.Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.3%. The underlying gauge rose 0.4% on Wednesday.CurrenciesThe yen rose 0.1% to 109.39 per dollar after slipping 0.5% on Wednesday.The offshore yuan fell 0.2% at 7.0281 per dollar.The pound added 0.1% to $1.2930.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose about three basis points to 1.77% Wednesday.Australia’s 10-year yield fell two basis points to 1%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $57.89 a barrel.Gold rose 0.2% to $1,457.31 an ounce.\--With assistance from Romaine Bostick, Scarlet Fu and Sophie Caronello.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks and U.S. futures slid after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill backing Hong Kong protesters, spurring another threat of retaliation from China and raising concerns about the prospect for an interim trade deal. The yen nudged higher and the yuan lower amid the increase in bilateral strains. Hong Kong shares were among the worst performers, though declines were still modest at the open. Japanese stocks were mostly flat. Earlier, the S&P 500 hit a fresh record high after U.S. economic data beat analysts’ expectations. The pound rose after a poll suggested the U.K. election could deliver a large majority for the Conservative Party.With volumes light ahead of the Thanksgiving break and little in the way of direct trade news, Trump's signing of a bill increasing American scrutiny of Hong Kong was one of the few narratives for investors. A global benchmark of developing and emerging-market equities remains just below its all-time record, on course for a third month of gains.“The bad news is, the trade war is still on,” Andy Kapyrin, director of research at RegentAtlantic Capital LLC, told Bloomberg TV. “I really don’t see substantial progress on trade with China,” and markets will perceive Trump’s signing of the bill negatively, he said.Elsewhere, a drop in Latin American currencies turned into a rout Wednesday as Chile’s peso, Brazil’s real and Colombia’s peso all hit record lows.Here are some key events coming up this week:The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, when equity and bond markets will be shut.Euro area inflation for October is due Friday.The Bank of Korea sets policy on Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksJapan’s Topix index fell 0.1% as of 10:37 a.m. in Tokyo.South Korea’s Kospi index dipped 0.2%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.4%.Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index climbed 0.4%.Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.3%. The underlying gauge rose 0.4% on Wednesday.CurrenciesThe yen rose 0.1% to 109.39 per dollar after slipping 0.5% on Wednesday.The offshore yuan fell 0.2% at 7.0281 per dollar.The pound added 0.1% to $1.2930.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose about three basis points to 1.77% Wednesday.Australia’s 10-year yield fell two basis points to 1%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell 0.4% to $57.89 a barrel.Gold rose 0.2% to $1,457.31 an ounce.\--With assistance from Romaine Bostick, Scarlet Fu and Sophie Caronello.To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 22/79   Trump Signs Bill Backing Hong Kong Protesters, Triggering Retaliation Threat
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    (Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump signed legislation that expresses U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters, a move that threatens to complicate trade talks with Beijing just as the two nations get close to signing a phase one deal. The bill requires annual reviews of Hong Kong’s special trade status under American law, as well as sanctions against any officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses or undermining the city’s autonomy. A second Hong Kong measure also bans the export of crowd-control items such as tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s police.China’s foreign ministry reiterated a threat of retaliation without offering any details, similar to previous statements it has made, and said the bill meddles in its internal affairs. Hong Kong’s government expressed “extreme regret,” reiterating previous statements.While signing the bills on Wednesday, Trump also signaled concerns with unspecified portions of the new law, saying they risked interfering with his constitutional authority to carry out American foreign policy.“I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” the president said in a statement Wednesday. “They are being enacted in the hope that leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”The yuan weakened as much as 0.2% before trading at 7.0257 per dollar at 8:32 a.m. in Hong Kong.The House cleared the bill 417-1 on Nov. 20 after the Senate passed it without opposition -- veto-proof majorities that left Trump with little choice but to acquiesce.Asked if Trump’s signing statement was aimed at the sanctions provisions, a senior administration official said the statement was drafted with all of the bill’s provisions in mind.Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said the law, S. 1838, would give the U.S. “meaningful tools to deter further influence and interference from Beijing into Hong Kong’s internal affairs.”“In an overwhelming display of bipartisan unity, Congress passed our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and I applaud President Trump for signing this critical legislation into law,” Rubio said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with the administration to implement this law.”While many members of Congress in both parties had voiced strong support for the protesters who are demanding greater autonomy for the city, Trump stayed largely silent, even as the demonstrations have been met by rising police violence.Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, called on the president to speak out, saying that “the world should hear from him directly that the United States stands with” the protesters.China’s foreign ministry had urged Trump to prevent the legislation from becoming law, warning the Americans not to underestimate China’s determination to defend its “sovereignty, security and development interests.”“If the U.S. insists on going down this wrong path, China will take strong countermeasures,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing Thursday in Beijing. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned the U.S. ambassador, Terry Branstad, on Monday to express “strong opposition” to what the country’s government considers American interference in the protests, including the legislation, according to statement.The new law comes just as Washington and Beijing have shown signs of working toward what the White House calls a “phase one” deal to ease the trade war. Trump would like the agreement finished in order to ease economic uncertainty for his re-election campaign in 2020, and he has floated the possibility of signing the deal in a farm state as an acknowledgment of the constituency that’s borne the brunt of retaliatory Chinese tariffs.U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators will continue communicating closely and work toward a phase one deal, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said at a briefing in Beijing on Thursday.Before a speech at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing last week, China’s Vice Premier Liu He -- the country’s chief trade negotiator -- said that he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching the phase one accord, according to people who attended a dinner and asked not to be identified.(Updates with China statement in the third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Justin Sink and Jordan Fabian.To contact the reporter on this story: Mario Parker in Washington at mparker22@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Justin Blum, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump signed legislation that expresses U.S. support for Hong Kong protesters, a move that threatens to complicate trade talks with Beijing just as the two nations get close to signing a phase one deal. The bill requires annual reviews of Hong Kong’s special trade status under American law, as well as sanctions against any officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses or undermining the city’s autonomy. A second Hong Kong measure also bans the export of crowd-control items such as tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s police.China’s foreign ministry reiterated a threat of retaliation without offering any details, similar to previous statements it has made, and said the bill meddles in its internal affairs. Hong Kong’s government expressed “extreme regret,” reiterating previous statements.While signing the bills on Wednesday, Trump also signaled concerns with unspecified portions of the new law, saying they risked interfering with his constitutional authority to carry out American foreign policy.“I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” the president said in a statement Wednesday. “They are being enacted in the hope that leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”The yuan weakened as much as 0.2% before trading at 7.0257 per dollar at 8:32 a.m. in Hong Kong.The House cleared the bill 417-1 on Nov. 20 after the Senate passed it without opposition -- veto-proof majorities that left Trump with little choice but to acquiesce.Asked if Trump’s signing statement was aimed at the sanctions provisions, a senior administration official said the statement was drafted with all of the bill’s provisions in mind.Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said the law, S. 1838, would give the U.S. “meaningful tools to deter further influence and interference from Beijing into Hong Kong’s internal affairs.”“In an overwhelming display of bipartisan unity, Congress passed our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and I applaud President Trump for signing this critical legislation into law,” Rubio said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with the administration to implement this law.”While many members of Congress in both parties had voiced strong support for the protesters who are demanding greater autonomy for the city, Trump stayed largely silent, even as the demonstrations have been met by rising police violence.Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, called on the president to speak out, saying that “the world should hear from him directly that the United States stands with” the protesters.China’s foreign ministry had urged Trump to prevent the legislation from becoming law, warning the Americans not to underestimate China’s determination to defend its “sovereignty, security and development interests.”“If the U.S. insists on going down this wrong path, China will take strong countermeasures,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing Thursday in Beijing. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned the U.S. ambassador, Terry Branstad, on Monday to express “strong opposition” to what the country’s government considers American interference in the protests, including the legislation, according to statement.The new law comes just as Washington and Beijing have shown signs of working toward what the White House calls a “phase one” deal to ease the trade war. Trump would like the agreement finished in order to ease economic uncertainty for his re-election campaign in 2020, and he has floated the possibility of signing the deal in a farm state as an acknowledgment of the constituency that’s borne the brunt of retaliatory Chinese tariffs.U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators will continue communicating closely and work toward a phase one deal, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said at a briefing in Beijing on Thursday.Before a speech at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing last week, China’s Vice Premier Liu He -- the country’s chief trade negotiator -- said that he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching the phase one accord, according to people who attended a dinner and asked not to be identified.(Updates with China statement in the third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Justin Sink and Jordan Fabian.To contact the reporter on this story: Mario Parker in Washington at mparker22@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Justin Blum, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 23/79   Shorr Packaging Releases The 2019 Package Theft Report, Finds Porch Pirates Are Still Prevalent but Consumers Are Taking Action
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    As holiday shopping season ramps up, Shorr Packaging Corp. ("Shorr") has released the 2019 Package Theft Report that uses data from a survey of 1,052 online shoppers in the U.S. to better understand the evolving nature of eCommerce purchasing habits, experiences with package theft and the actions online shoppers take to deter porch pirates.

    As holiday shopping season ramps up, Shorr Packaging Corp. ("Shorr") has released the 2019 Package Theft Report that uses data from a survey of 1,052 online shoppers in the U.S. to better understand the evolving nature of eCommerce purchasing habits, experiences with package theft and the actions online shoppers take to deter porch pirates.


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  • 24/79   Trump signs bipartisan bill aimed at supporting Hong Kong protesters amid trade talks
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    By signing the bill, the U.S. president ignored warnings from Beijing that the legislation would be met with "countermeasures."

    By signing the bill, the U.S. president ignored warnings from Beijing that the legislation would be met with "countermeasures."


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  • 25/79   Should You Be Concerned About China Renewable Energy Investment Limited's (HKG:987) Historical Volatility?
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    If you're interested in China Renewable Energy Investment Limited (HKG:987), then you might want to consider its beta...

    If you're interested in China Renewable Energy Investment Limited (HKG:987), then you might want to consider its beta...


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  • 26/79   Nordstrom bets big on New York ahead of Black Friday
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    Buffeted by the rise of e-commerce and fast fashion, as well as a shift towards experimental retail over apparel, brands like Macy's and J.C. Penney have shuttered hundreds of stores at suburban malls across the country, while once-mighty Manhattan fixtures like Lord & Taylor and Barney's have vanished.  Into this seeming wasteland, Nordstrom last month premiered a New York store ahead of the holiday shopping season, which officially kicks off Friday with the annual 'Black Friday' barrage of door-buster sales and online promotions.  Nordstrom's against-the-grain launch -- which has won praise from analysts -- is part of a broader push by the Seattle company in New York that also includes new smaller 'Nordstrom Local' retail spaces for managing e-commerce deliveries and tailoring and other services as the upscale retailer aims to deepen its ties to consumers.

    Buffeted by the rise of e-commerce and fast fashion, as well as a shift towards experimental retail over apparel, brands like Macy's and J.C. Penney have shuttered hundreds of stores at suburban malls across the country, while once-mighty Manhattan fixtures like Lord & Taylor and Barney's have vanished. Into this seeming wasteland, Nordstrom last month premiered a New York store ahead of the holiday shopping season, which officially kicks off Friday with the annual 'Black Friday' barrage of door-buster sales and online promotions. Nordstrom's against-the-grain launch -- which has won praise from analysts -- is part of a broader push by the Seattle company in New York that also includes new smaller 'Nordstrom Local' retail spaces for managing e-commerce deliveries and tailoring and other services as the upscale retailer aims to deepen its ties to consumers.


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  • 27/79   Storms snarl Thanksgiving travel in US
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    A pair of storms packing heavy snow and hurricane-force winds left tens of thousands without power in the United States on Wednesday and wreaked havoc for Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Giant, colorful character balloons floating through Manhattan during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, a cherished staple, might be grounded for Thursday's festivities because of gusting winds in the Big Apple.  'An extremely active weather pattern is in place across much of the US,' the National Weather Service said.

    A pair of storms packing heavy snow and hurricane-force winds left tens of thousands without power in the United States on Wednesday and wreaked havoc for Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. Giant, colorful character balloons floating through Manhattan during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, a cherished staple, might be grounded for Thursday's festivities because of gusting winds in the Big Apple. 'An extremely active weather pattern is in place across much of the US,' the National Weather Service said.


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  • 28/79   China’s Crackdown on Cryptocurrencies Claims First Victims
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    (Bloomberg) -- China’s latest crypto-crackdown is already claiming its first casualties.At least five local exchanges have halted operations or announced they will no longer serve domestic users this month, after regulators issued a series of warnings and notices as part of a cleanup of digital currency trading.China’s stepping up scrutiny of its massive cryptocurrency industry just weeks after President Xi Jinping ignited a market frenzy by declaring Beijing’s support for blockchain technology. Financial watchdogs including the Chinese central bank have in past weeks ordered crypto firms to shutter and warned investors to be wary of digital currencies, seeking to rein in a market prone to excesses. Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like service, suspended accounts operated by major exchange Binance Holdings Ltd. and blockchain platform Tron.Taken together, the latest wave of shutdowns and restrictions represent the biggest cleanup of the sector since an initial Chinese clampdown in September 2017. Although exchanges that allow users to buy Bitcoin and Ether with fiat money were banned, trading had remained rampant in China through over-the-counter platforms or services that deal with crypto assets only. Now, even those alternatives have succumbed to regulators, spooking investors. Bitcoin this week sank to its lowest level in six months at the end of its longest losing streak since at least 2010. The largest crypto-currency recovered with a 6% rebound on Wednesday but is still poised to post its worst month since November last year.Twenty of the top 50 crypto exchanges are based in the Asia-Pacific region and accounted for about 40% of Bitcoin transactions in the first half of the year, according to data from Chainalysis. Within the region, the most exchanges are in China, the research firm found.Aaron Hu, a 26-year-old computer engineer in the central Chinese city of Changsha , said he moved all the crypto he holds -- several million yuan’s worth -- from exchanges like Binance and OKEx to his own wallet address. “The first thing I thought of is how to secure my assets,” he said.Read more: Bitcoin Touches Six-Month Low as More Supports Give WayLast week, Chinese exchange operators Bitsoda and Akdex announced termination of service. Rival Biss said this month it’s halted operations while executives cooperate with a government probe. Btuex said on Monday it will shut in response to Chinese government orders, reopening in future to serve only overseas users. And Idax said on Sunday it will also no longer serve users in China but focus on users abroad, citing policy reasons.“It appears that, like everything else within their borders, China feels it needs to have tighter controls on the crypto market including exchanges, miners and asset issuers,” said Katie Talati, head of research at Arca, a Los Angeles-based asset manager that invests in cryptocurrencies. “I do believe, however, they are moving in a similar direction as Japan and other jurisdictions that have tight and clear regulations for crypto businesses.”For now, uncertainty over how deep the apparent crackdown will run has spurred traders to transfer their money to safer places. One of crypto’s largest wallet apps, ImToken, said Tether transactions among its nearly 10 million users surged to $66 million on Nov. 22, the day China’s central bank issued its latest warning against crypto trading. That’s more than double the app’s average daily Tether transaction in October, the IDG-backed startup told Bloomberg News. Tether, a so-called stable coin pegged to U.S. dollars, is a popular vehicle for investors to move their money into and out of crypto coins.“The current situation and environment for blockchain in China is still very positive,” Tron founder and crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun said. “In the short term, it may not get as much progress as we’d expect.”Here’s a timeline of the recent developments from China that’s been blamed for the plunge:On Nov. 13, Binance’s Weibo account was suspended.On Nov. 14, the Chinese central bank’s Shanghai office and the city’s financial regulator issued a notice asking local government agencies to work with crypto-related companies under their supervision to exit such businesses immediately. On the same day, Beijing’s financial regulator published a statement warning against illegal exchange operations.On Nov. 15, Tron’s Weibo account was frozen.On Nov. 21, Shenzhen financial regulator said in a statement it’s looking into allegedly illegal crypto operations, organizing check-ups and gathering evidence.On Nov. 21, crypto publication the Block reported Binance’s Shanghai office was shut in a police raid. Binance disputed the report, or that it has fixed offices in China.On Nov. 22, the Chinese central bank’s Shanghai branch said in a statement that companies that have conducted publicity campaigns, or have offered other services to offshore crypto exchanges, have been ordered to take immediate corrective actions or exit the business.(Updates with Bitcoin trading in the fourth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at zhuang245@bloomberg.net;Olga Kharif in Portland at okharif@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joanna Ossinger at jossinger@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Dave LiedtkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- China’s latest crypto-crackdown is already claiming its first casualties.At least five local exchanges have halted operations or announced they will no longer serve domestic users this month, after regulators issued a series of warnings and notices as part of a cleanup of digital currency trading.China’s stepping up scrutiny of its massive cryptocurrency industry just weeks after President Xi Jinping ignited a market frenzy by declaring Beijing’s support for blockchain technology. Financial watchdogs including the Chinese central bank have in past weeks ordered crypto firms to shutter and warned investors to be wary of digital currencies, seeking to rein in a market prone to excesses. Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like service, suspended accounts operated by major exchange Binance Holdings Ltd. and blockchain platform Tron.Taken together, the latest wave of shutdowns and restrictions represent the biggest cleanup of the sector since an initial Chinese clampdown in September 2017. Although exchanges that allow users to buy Bitcoin and Ether with fiat money were banned, trading had remained rampant in China through over-the-counter platforms or services that deal with crypto assets only. Now, even those alternatives have succumbed to regulators, spooking investors. Bitcoin this week sank to its lowest level in six months at the end of its longest losing streak since at least 2010. The largest crypto-currency recovered with a 6% rebound on Wednesday but is still poised to post its worst month since November last year.Twenty of the top 50 crypto exchanges are based in the Asia-Pacific region and accounted for about 40% of Bitcoin transactions in the first half of the year, according to data from Chainalysis. Within the region, the most exchanges are in China, the research firm found.Aaron Hu, a 26-year-old computer engineer in the central Chinese city of Changsha , said he moved all the crypto he holds -- several million yuan’s worth -- from exchanges like Binance and OKEx to his own wallet address. “The first thing I thought of is how to secure my assets,” he said.Read more: Bitcoin Touches Six-Month Low as More Supports Give WayLast week, Chinese exchange operators Bitsoda and Akdex announced termination of service. Rival Biss said this month it’s halted operations while executives cooperate with a government probe. Btuex said on Monday it will shut in response to Chinese government orders, reopening in future to serve only overseas users. And Idax said on Sunday it will also no longer serve users in China but focus on users abroad, citing policy reasons.“It appears that, like everything else within their borders, China feels it needs to have tighter controls on the crypto market including exchanges, miners and asset issuers,” said Katie Talati, head of research at Arca, a Los Angeles-based asset manager that invests in cryptocurrencies. “I do believe, however, they are moving in a similar direction as Japan and other jurisdictions that have tight and clear regulations for crypto businesses.”For now, uncertainty over how deep the apparent crackdown will run has spurred traders to transfer their money to safer places. One of crypto’s largest wallet apps, ImToken, said Tether transactions among its nearly 10 million users surged to $66 million on Nov. 22, the day China’s central bank issued its latest warning against crypto trading. That’s more than double the app’s average daily Tether transaction in October, the IDG-backed startup told Bloomberg News. Tether, a so-called stable coin pegged to U.S. dollars, is a popular vehicle for investors to move their money into and out of crypto coins.“The current situation and environment for blockchain in China is still very positive,” Tron founder and crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun said. “In the short term, it may not get as much progress as we’d expect.”Here’s a timeline of the recent developments from China that’s been blamed for the plunge:On Nov. 13, Binance’s Weibo account was suspended.On Nov. 14, the Chinese central bank’s Shanghai office and the city’s financial regulator issued a notice asking local government agencies to work with crypto-related companies under their supervision to exit such businesses immediately. On the same day, Beijing’s financial regulator published a statement warning against illegal exchange operations.On Nov. 15, Tron’s Weibo account was frozen.On Nov. 21, Shenzhen financial regulator said in a statement it’s looking into allegedly illegal crypto operations, organizing check-ups and gathering evidence.On Nov. 21, crypto publication the Block reported Binance’s Shanghai office was shut in a police raid. Binance disputed the report, or that it has fixed offices in China.On Nov. 22, the Chinese central bank’s Shanghai branch said in a statement that companies that have conducted publicity campaigns, or have offered other services to offshore crypto exchanges, have been ordered to take immediate corrective actions or exit the business.(Updates with Bitcoin trading in the fourth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at zhuang245@bloomberg.net;Olga Kharif in Portland at okharif@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joanna Ossinger at jossinger@bloomberg.net, ;Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Dave LiedtkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 29/79   Exclusive: Amazon's cloud unit readies more powerful data center chip - sources
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    The new Amazon Web Services chip uses technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned  Arm Holdings, the sources said.  One of the sources familiar with the matter said it will be at least 20% faster than Amazon's first Arm-based chip, named Graviton, which was released last year as a low-cost option for easier computing tasks.  If Amazon Web Services' chip efforts are successful, it could lessen the unit's reliance on Intel Corp  and Advanced Micro Devices Inc  for server chips.

    The new Amazon Web Services chip uses technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned Arm Holdings, the sources said. One of the sources familiar with the matter said it will be at least 20% faster than Amazon's first Arm-based chip, named Graviton, which was released last year as a low-cost option for easier computing tasks. If Amazon Web Services' chip efforts are successful, it could lessen the unit's reliance on Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc for server chips.


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  • 30/79   Record $100 Billion Asian Junk Bonds Got Funds Wanting More
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sales of Asian junk dollar bonds have topped $100 billion for the first time ever in a calendar year and investors just can’t get enough of it.Corporate debt markets are on fire globally as central banks have kept rates near record lows. Speculative-grade Asian issuance so far this year is running at double last year’s full-year total of about $50 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has warned that investors should avoid the riskiest part of the market. High-yield dollar bonds have handed investors close to 13% of returns so far in 2019, after a series of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve accelerated the hunt for yield and China adopted credit-easing measures.Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. sees potential for junk bond sales to increase as borrowers refinance maturing debt and Chinese issuers, the single biggest source of notes in the region, continue to have liquidity pressures, according to Owen Gallimore, Singapore-based head of credit strategy.Not everyone agrees, though, on the issuance outlook for the market, with Morgan Stanley this month forecasting a drop for junk corporate bond deals in 2020, citing regulatory constraints on bond sales from Chinese high-yield property companies.ANZ’s Gallimore expects spreads between Asian high-yield and investment-grade bonds peers to stay high in 2020, given a weak macro-economic backdrop, supply and news such as commodities trader Tewoo Group Corp.’s debt restructuring.(Updates figures in chart.)To contact the reporter on this story: Finbarr Flynn in Tokyo at fflynn3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Monahan at amonahan@bloomberg.net, Beth Thomas, Denise WeeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sales of Asian junk dollar bonds have topped $100 billion for the first time ever in a calendar year and investors just can’t get enough of it.Corporate debt markets are on fire globally as central banks have kept rates near record lows. Speculative-grade Asian issuance so far this year is running at double last year’s full-year total of about $50 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has warned that investors should avoid the riskiest part of the market. High-yield dollar bonds have handed investors close to 13% of returns so far in 2019, after a series of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve accelerated the hunt for yield and China adopted credit-easing measures.Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. sees potential for junk bond sales to increase as borrowers refinance maturing debt and Chinese issuers, the single biggest source of notes in the region, continue to have liquidity pressures, according to Owen Gallimore, Singapore-based head of credit strategy.Not everyone agrees, though, on the issuance outlook for the market, with Morgan Stanley this month forecasting a drop for junk corporate bond deals in 2020, citing regulatory constraints on bond sales from Chinese high-yield property companies.ANZ’s Gallimore expects spreads between Asian high-yield and investment-grade bonds peers to stay high in 2020, given a weak macro-economic backdrop, supply and news such as commodities trader Tewoo Group Corp.’s debt restructuring.(Updates figures in chart.)To contact the reporter on this story: Finbarr Flynn in Tokyo at fflynn3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Monahan at amonahan@bloomberg.net, Beth Thomas, Denise WeeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 31/79   If You Had Bought MEIGU Technology Holding Group (HKG:8349) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 58% Loss, Today
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    Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And unfortunately for MEIGU...

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


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  • 32/79   Asian shares waver, Hong Kong tensions spoil festive mood after upbeat U.S. data
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    Asian share markets wobbled on Thursday as concerns that tensions over Hong Kong could stymie a U.S.-China trade deal cast a pall over Thanksgiving cheer from unexpectedly positive U.S. economic data.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan  was little changed in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei  flitted in and out of positive territory.  Australia's S&P/ASX 200  touched a record intraday high in early trade, and was up 0.3%.

    Asian share markets wobbled on Thursday as concerns that tensions over Hong Kong could stymie a U.S.-China trade deal cast a pall over Thanksgiving cheer from unexpectedly positive U.S. economic data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei flitted in and out of positive territory. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 touched a record intraday high in early trade, and was up 0.3%.


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  • 33/79   How To Invest In An Oil Contango
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    Given the ongoing volatility in oil markets, investing in the oil futures markets is a decidedly risky venture, but there are a few useful strategies that traders can use when oil markets trade in contango

    Given the ongoing volatility in oil markets, investing in the oil futures markets is a decidedly risky venture, but there are a few useful strategies that traders can use when oil markets trade in contango


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  • 34/79   Japan's Leading Insurer SOMPO Holdings Inc. Announces Pilot With Vymo to Drive Sales Productivity Using AI and Analytics
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    About the contents of activities


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  • 35/79   If You Had Bought Beijing Capital International Airport (HKG:694) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 24% Gain Today
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    Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the...

    Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the...


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  • 36/79   The Sizzling Rally in Chinese Pork Prices Cools as Imports Rise
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    (Bloomberg) -- China’s scorching rally in pork prices, which pushed the country’s inflation to the highest level in seven years, is cooling.The market has slumped about 16% this month from a record. Surging meat imports, higher production of poultry and eggs, and the prospect of more frequent inventory sales have helped to curb the advance.Overseas pork purchases jumped almost 50% in the first 10 months of the year, while inbound beef shipments surged 55%.China also plans to reinvigorate its own hog production, and aims to increase domestic supply to 80% of normal levels by the end of 2020, according to Yang Zhenhai, head of the animal husbandry bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.To contact the reporter on this story: James Poole in Singapore at jpoole4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anna Kitanaka at akitanaka@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- China’s scorching rally in pork prices, which pushed the country’s inflation to the highest level in seven years, is cooling.The market has slumped about 16% this month from a record. Surging meat imports, higher production of poultry and eggs, and the prospect of more frequent inventory sales have helped to curb the advance.Overseas pork purchases jumped almost 50% in the first 10 months of the year, while inbound beef shipments surged 55%.China also plans to reinvigorate its own hog production, and aims to increase domestic supply to 80% of normal levels by the end of 2020, according to Yang Zhenhai, head of the animal husbandry bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.To contact the reporter on this story: James Poole in Singapore at jpoole4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anna Kitanaka at akitanaka@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 37/79   Boasting A 25% Return On Equity, Is Temple & Webster Group Ltd (ASX:TPW) A Top Quality Stock?
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    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...

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


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  • 38/79   MTR Corporation Limited (HKG:66): Does The Earnings Decline Make It An Underperformer?
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    After reading MTR Corporation Limited's (SEHK:66) latest earnings update (30 June 2019), I found it beneficial to look...

    After reading MTR Corporation Limited's (SEHK:66) latest earnings update (30 June 2019), I found it beneficial to look...


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  • 39/79   China Accelerates $142 Billion Bond Sale to Boost Economy
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    (Bloomberg) -- China has ordered local governments to speed up the issuance of debt earmarked for infrastructure projects, so that the proceeds can be invested early in 2020 to help shore up the slowing economy.All localities are required to allocate the recently issued “special bond” quota of 1 trillion yuan ($142 billion) “as soon as possible” to specific projects, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement late Wednesday. There were no details on when the sales will actually begin, or what the total quota for 2020 will be.Until this year, sales of the bonds began in March, after the legislature formally approved the annual budget. In 2019 bond issuance began in January so that the money could be spent earlier and faster on infrastructure projects to boost demand. The announcement on Wednesday shows that the government is trying to jump-start that process even earlier next year.The decision indicates a willingness among policy makers to inject more stimulus into the economy, according to a note from Bloomberg Economist Qian Wan. “The front loading of special bond issuance will also ensure funding for infrastructure projects at the beginning of next year” and the size suggest the quote may exceed the 2.15 trillion yuan one this year, she wrote.The yield on benchmark 10-year government bonds briefly rose about 2 basis points to near 3.2% following Wednesday’s announcement, before trading at 3.19%.So-called special bonds have mostly been used for infrastructure spending. The State Council, China’s cabinet, in June expanded the sectors that funds raised via the special bonds can be put toward. For 2020, they will include transport, energy, agriculture and forestry, vocational education and medical care.“This move echoes our view of a supportive policy stance,” Morgan Stanley economists led by Robin Xing wrote in a note. “The issuance could start as early as next month, and focus on infrastructure projects in Southern China which could operate smoothly during winter.”(Adds details from fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Crystal Chui.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: James Mayger in Beijing at jmayger@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeffrey Black at jblack25@bloomberg.net, Crystal ChuiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- China has ordered local governments to speed up the issuance of debt earmarked for infrastructure projects, so that the proceeds can be invested early in 2020 to help shore up the slowing economy.All localities are required to allocate the recently issued “special bond” quota of 1 trillion yuan ($142 billion) “as soon as possible” to specific projects, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement late Wednesday. There were no details on when the sales will actually begin, or what the total quota for 2020 will be.Until this year, sales of the bonds began in March, after the legislature formally approved the annual budget. In 2019 bond issuance began in January so that the money could be spent earlier and faster on infrastructure projects to boost demand. The announcement on Wednesday shows that the government is trying to jump-start that process even earlier next year.The decision indicates a willingness among policy makers to inject more stimulus into the economy, according to a note from Bloomberg Economist Qian Wan. “The front loading of special bond issuance will also ensure funding for infrastructure projects at the beginning of next year” and the size suggest the quote may exceed the 2.15 trillion yuan one this year, she wrote.The yield on benchmark 10-year government bonds briefly rose about 2 basis points to near 3.2% following Wednesday’s announcement, before trading at 3.19%.So-called special bonds have mostly been used for infrastructure spending. The State Council, China’s cabinet, in June expanded the sectors that funds raised via the special bonds can be put toward. For 2020, they will include transport, energy, agriculture and forestry, vocational education and medical care.“This move echoes our view of a supportive policy stance,” Morgan Stanley economists led by Robin Xing wrote in a note. “The issuance could start as early as next month, and focus on infrastructure projects in Southern China which could operate smoothly during winter.”(Adds details from fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Crystal Chui.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: James Mayger in Beijing at jmayger@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeffrey Black at jblack25@bloomberg.net, Crystal ChuiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 40/79   Kushner named Trump’s border-wall czar — along with practically everything else in government
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    President Trump has recently tasked his son-in-law — whose to-do list already includes brokering peace in the Middle East, leading U.S. trade policy, reorganizing the entire U.S. government and reforming the criminal justice system — with overseeing the construction of his border wall ahead of the 2020 election. 

    President Trump has recently tasked his son-in-law — whose to-do list already includes brokering peace in the Middle East, leading U.S. trade policy, reorganizing the entire U.S. government and reforming the criminal justice system — with overseeing the construction of his border wall ahead of the 2020 election. 


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  • 41/79   Then and now: Swiss glacier photos show impact of global warming
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    A collection of images — showing photos of modern-day mountain landscapes next to archive shots of the same scenes decades earlier — reveals the dramatic change.

    A collection of images — showing photos of modern-day mountain landscapes next to archive shots of the same scenes decades earlier — reveals the dramatic change.


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  • 42/79   Utah banning ‘conversion therapy’ with Mormon church backing
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    Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday night that church leaders back a regulatory rule his office helped craft after legislative efforts for a ban on the therapy failed earlier this year.  The faith known widely as the Mormon church opposed a previous version of the rule because it wanted assurances that church leaders and members who are therapists would be allowed to provide spiritual counseling for parishioners or families — which were included in the latest conversion therapy ban plan.

    Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday night that church leaders back a regulatory rule his office helped craft after legislative efforts for a ban on the therapy failed earlier this year. The faith known widely as the Mormon church opposed a previous version of the rule because it wanted assurances that church leaders and members who are therapists would be allowed to provide spiritual counseling for parishioners or families — which were included in the latest conversion therapy ban plan.


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  • 43/79   Couple convicted of grisly 1980s murders get surprise release from prison before being deported
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    A couple convicted of a brutal double murder in 1985 have won their release from prison, and will now be handed over to immigration authorities for deportation.Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were convicted in the brutal murders of Haysom’s parents, in an attack that rocked Virginia at a time when sensational crime wasn’t the norm for major news coverage.

    A couple convicted of a brutal double murder in 1985 have won their release from prison, and will now be handed over to immigration authorities for deportation.Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were convicted in the brutal murders of Haysom’s parents, in an attack that rocked Virginia at a time when sensational crime wasn’t the norm for major news coverage.


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  • 44/79   TSA officers find high-capacity gun magazines hidden in an infant toy at Orlando airport
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    TSA revealed officers discovered two high capacity magazines in an infant's toy at the Orlando International Airport.

    TSA revealed officers discovered two high capacity magazines in an infant's toy at the Orlando International Airport.


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  • 45/79   Pompeo says documents confirm China committing 'very significant' Xinjiang abuses
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    Recently leaked documents confirm China is committing 'very significant' human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other minority groups in mass detention, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.  An international group of journalists released classified Chinese government documents on Sunday that described repressive inner workings of detention camps in China's troubled western region of Xinjiang.

    Recently leaked documents confirm China is committing 'very significant' human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other minority groups in mass detention, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. An international group of journalists released classified Chinese government documents on Sunday that described repressive inner workings of detention camps in China's troubled western region of Xinjiang.


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  • 46/79   An Air Canada Boeing 787 flying across the Atlantic was forced to turn back after its windshield cracked
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    Air Canada Flight 857 was due to fly from London to Toronto but instead landed in Ireland after the crack in the 787-8 windshield was noticed.

    Air Canada Flight 857 was due to fly from London to Toronto but instead landed in Ireland after the crack in the 787-8 windshield was noticed.


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  • 47/79   AOC Raised More for Reelection Campaign Last Quarter Than All Other House Dems, Including Pelosi
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    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) raised more funds for her reelection campaign than all other Democrats in the House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to federal elections commission data.Ocasio-Cortez raked in $1.42 million between July 1 and September 30, outstripping Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), who raised $1.26 million over the same period, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who raised $1.26 million, the New York Post first reported. All three are up for reelection in 2020."This is very rare, unique," political consultant George Arzt told the Post. "I can’t recall anyone raising this much money during the first year in office."Contributions under $200 comprised most of the donations to Ocasio-Cortez, at $1.1 million in total contributions. Several Republican challengers are competing to oust the freshman congresswoman in her district, which comprises parts of Queens and the Bronx, but none of those challengers has so far matched her fundraising abilities.Arzt emphasized that Ocasio-Cortez "is a celebrity who gained attention from people across the country, and many on the left support her."While she outstripped Pelosi in fundraising over the summer, Pelosi has raised more funds than Ocasio-Cortez overall since January. The Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund, which helps other Democrats besides Pelosi, has raised over $11 million since the beginning of the year.The freshman New York congresswoman has already established herself as a fundraising powerhouse. In July, Politico reported that she hasn't been hurt by relying on small donations, instead channeling her star power in the progressive community to solicit contributions."There used to be a single path to fundraising success in DC — cultivating industry lobbyists," Jeff Hauser, the executive director of the Revolving Door Project, told Politico. "That path still exists, but it's not as lucrative as becoming a national icon for aggressively populist performance in office.

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) raised more funds for her reelection campaign than all other Democrats in the House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to federal elections commission data.Ocasio-Cortez raked in $1.42 million between July 1 and September 30, outstripping Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), who raised $1.26 million over the same period, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who raised $1.26 million, the New York Post first reported. All three are up for reelection in 2020."This is very rare, unique," political consultant George Arzt told the Post. "I can’t recall anyone raising this much money during the first year in office."Contributions under $200 comprised most of the donations to Ocasio-Cortez, at $1.1 million in total contributions. Several Republican challengers are competing to oust the freshman congresswoman in her district, which comprises parts of Queens and the Bronx, but none of those challengers has so far matched her fundraising abilities.Arzt emphasized that Ocasio-Cortez "is a celebrity who gained attention from people across the country, and many on the left support her."While she outstripped Pelosi in fundraising over the summer, Pelosi has raised more funds than Ocasio-Cortez overall since January. The Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund, which helps other Democrats besides Pelosi, has raised over $11 million since the beginning of the year.The freshman New York congresswoman has already established herself as a fundraising powerhouse. In July, Politico reported that she hasn't been hurt by relying on small donations, instead channeling her star power in the progressive community to solicit contributions."There used to be a single path to fundraising success in DC — cultivating industry lobbyists," Jeff Hauser, the executive director of the Revolving Door Project, told Politico. "That path still exists, but it's not as lucrative as becoming a national icon for aggressively populist performance in office.


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  • 48/79   Saudi crown prince visits UAE amid push to end Yemen war
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    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the United Arab Emirates Wednesday, as efforts to end the nearly five-year war in Yemen gain momentum. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are close allies and key members of a military coalition backing the government in Yemen against the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels.

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the United Arab Emirates Wednesday, as efforts to end the nearly five-year war in Yemen gain momentum. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are close allies and key members of a military coalition backing the government in Yemen against the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels.


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  • 49/79   Gillum sets sights on denying Trump victory in Florida in 2020
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    Andrew Gillum says he knows why President Trump left his lifelong home of New York to take up residence in Florida and doubts his “antics” for reelection will work. 

    Andrew Gillum says he knows why President Trump left his lifelong home of New York to take up residence in Florida and doubts his “antics” for reelection will work. 


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  • 50/79   The human species will likely destroy itself long before the sun kills everyone on Earth, a Harvard scientists says
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    Scientist Avi Loeb wrote that we should colonize space to survive the sun's future expansion. But humanity might wipe itself out before then, he said.

    Scientist Avi Loeb wrote that we should colonize space to survive the sun's future expansion. But humanity might wipe itself out before then, he said.


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  • 51/79   Scientists spot black hole so huge it 'shouldn't even exist' in our galaxy
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    Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers said Thursday.  The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100 million stellar black holes but LB-1 is twice as massive as anything scientists thought possible, said Liu Jifeng, a National Astronomical Observatory of China professor who led the research.  'Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,' he added.

    Astronomers have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way so huge that it challenges existing models of how stars evolve, researchers said Thursday. The Milky Way is estimated to contain 100 million stellar black holes but LB-1 is twice as massive as anything scientists thought possible, said Liu Jifeng, a National Astronomical Observatory of China professor who led the research. 'Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,' he added.


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  • 52/79   A stunning animation by a planetary scientist shows how huge our solar system is — and why that makes it so hard to depict
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    The planets are so far apart, and the sun is so big, that you wouldn't be able to see anything in an accurate model of the solar system.

    The planets are so far apart, and the sun is so big, that you wouldn't be able to see anything in an accurate model of the solar system.


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  • 53/79   NASA’s in the market for quick taxi rides to and from International Space Station
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    NASA already has committed billions of dollars to procuring regularly scheduled rides to and from the International Space Station from commercial space taxi operators — but now it says it's interested in buying short-term trips as well. The proposed arrangement, detailed on Tuesday, is aimed at giving a boost to the commercialization of space operations in low Earth orbit, as well as to NASA's drive to send astronauts to the moon by 2024. It also makes the line dividing government-funded and privately funded space efforts even fuzzier. SpaceX and Boeing are both building spacecraft to serve as taxis to the… Read More

    NASA already has committed billions of dollars to procuring regularly scheduled rides to and from the International Space Station from commercial space taxi operators — but now it says it's interested in buying short-term trips as well. The proposed arrangement, detailed on Tuesday, is aimed at giving a boost to the commercialization of space operations in low Earth orbit, as well as to NASA's drive to send astronauts to the moon by 2024. It also makes the line dividing government-funded and privately funded space efforts even fuzzier. SpaceX and Boeing are both building spacecraft to serve as taxis to the… Read More


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  • 54/79   Expedition Titan uses mixed reality to turn Saturn’s mysterious moon into a thrill ride
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    It's doubtful anyone alive today will get to ride through the ice volcanoes of Saturn's largest moon — but you can do the next best thing at Seattle's Pacific Science Center, thanks to a mixed-reality experience called Expedition Titan. The walk-through production is the latest showcase for Hyperspace XR, a startup-in-residence that's pioneering the frontiers of mixed reality at the science center. That frontier is associated with other labels of immersive experiences, including virtual reality (MR), extended reality (XR) and augmented reality (AR). Hyperspace XR's brand of mixed reality involves creating a real-world environment — complete with walls, doorways and… Read More

    It's doubtful anyone alive today will get to ride through the ice volcanoes of Saturn's largest moon — but you can do the next best thing at Seattle's Pacific Science Center, thanks to a mixed-reality experience called Expedition Titan. The walk-through production is the latest showcase for Hyperspace XR, a startup-in-residence that's pioneering the frontiers of mixed reality at the science center. That frontier is associated with other labels of immersive experiences, including virtual reality (MR), extended reality (XR) and augmented reality (AR). Hyperspace XR's brand of mixed reality involves creating a real-world environment — complete with walls, doorways and… Read More


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  • 55/79   A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our understanding of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Here's why Earths might be common.
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    There could be up to 10 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. That's good news for astronomers seeking alien life.

    There could be up to 10 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. That's good news for astronomers seeking alien life.


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  • 56/79   'Functionally Extinct': Do Dire Claims About Koalas Help or Hurt Them?
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    There is no doubt that the fires tearing across eastern Australia have been hurting koalas.With large areas of their crucial habitat ravaged, it is unclear what the future holds for a species that was already under threat before this round of bush fires. Some koalas have been rescued -- singed and dehydrated -- from the wild. And with blazes still burning, it is hard to know how many have been killed.But in describing the plight of these animals, is it possible to go too far?The phrase "functionally extinct" made the rounds in news articles and on social media over the weekend. The term refers to a species that no longer plays a role in an ecosystem or that is on its way to extinction, possibly irremovably.That provoked a visceral reaction from readers who wondered if the fuzzy marsupials, a national symbol of Australia, will be gone forever.In fact, koalas are not extinct. And some scientists warned that exaggeration can hurt, rather than help, conservation efforts."What is particularly frustrating about the term 'functional extinction' is it indicates a population that is basically past the point of no return, so it means that nothing really can be done," said Jacquelyn Gill, an associate professor at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute and School of Biology and Ecology."That might seem like scientists quibbling over terms or trying to argue for nerdy levels of precision, but a strong statement like that should mean something," she said.Are koalas going extinct soon?Koalas could go extinct. The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, the authority on the conservation status of the world's species, says the koala population is declining and vulnerable -- but not endangered.There could be hundreds of thousands of koalas, but nailing down a number has proved impossible. Estimates range wildly, and every region is different. In some places, scientists say, koalas' numbers have declined by up to 80%.Noah Greenwald, the endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said there might have been around 300,000 koalas in Australia in 2016. But things may have changed since then -- especially given the recent fires."They're in a lot of trouble, and they need our care and our help if they're going to survive," he said.Koalas evolved to exist alongside wildfires, but the animals are facing new threats from human development, which has dislocated local populations and impaired their ability to survive fires, as well as climate change.Where did that phrase come from?On social media, many people who shared an article that used the term "functionally extinct" to describe koalas pointed to an article that appeared in Forbes on Saturday. That article, written by a senior contributor to the publication, was about the effects of the recent fires, but it appeared to cite a statement that was issued in May.The first person cited in the article was Deborah Tabart, the head of the Australian Koala Foundation.The foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Brisbane, said in a statement May 10 that it believed koalas "may be functionally extinct in the entire landscape of Australia." The statement also said that the organization believed there were no more than 80,000 koalas left in the country.The organization doubled down on its use of the phrase in a different statement last month. But while the bush fires raged this month, Tabart said in another statement that "it is difficult for the Australian Koala Foundation to make any meaningful comments regarding the current Australian bush fires until the fires are over and people on the ground have evaluated the situation."The Forbes article Saturday also noted that "some researchers call into question" whether koalas were functionally extinct, "noting how difficult it is to measure total koala populations and that populations could be a much larger than estimated by the AKF."On Monday, another contributor to Forbes criticized the use of the phrase "functionally extinct" to describe koalas.The writer of the Saturday article, Trevor Nace, said in an email that "the use of the term 'functionally extinct' was Tabart's term, not mine, and was reported on by me, along with alternate views from experts."On Monday afternoon, Forbes removed the phrase "functionally extinct" from the headline and changed the beginning of the article to put less emphasis on the term.The tumult over a turn of phraseIn an interview, Tabart defended her use of the term and said that the threat of the end of a species should galvanize action, not discourage it."I want this fight," she added. "Bring it on."She said that she defined functional extinction as a situation in which a species would be gone by the third generation, and that she based her population estimates on extensive research, including land and tree surveys across eastern Australia. The data is available on her organization's website."I have driven to pretty much every part of the country," she said. "I absolutely know that there's not one koala population that's safe. I don't care what anyone says. I have been there. I've seen it. I've written about it. I've been dedicated to this job for 31 years."But Greenwald said he thought the term could have negative effects. "I think it's premature to call them functionally extinct," he said. "That would almost suggest that we give up hope, and I don't think it's at that point yet."Gill said there was a lot of space between a dire situation and a point of no return -- space for people to understand and to act."My main concern is that trust is one of our biggest assets when it comes to the scientific community and the conservation community," she added. "And I don't want to see that squandered."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    There is no doubt that the fires tearing across eastern Australia have been hurting koalas.With large areas of their crucial habitat ravaged, it is unclear what the future holds for a species that was already under threat before this round of bush fires. Some koalas have been rescued -- singed and dehydrated -- from the wild. And with blazes still burning, it is hard to know how many have been killed.But in describing the plight of these animals, is it possible to go too far?The phrase "functionally extinct" made the rounds in news articles and on social media over the weekend. The term refers to a species that no longer plays a role in an ecosystem or that is on its way to extinction, possibly irremovably.That provoked a visceral reaction from readers who wondered if the fuzzy marsupials, a national symbol of Australia, will be gone forever.In fact, koalas are not extinct. And some scientists warned that exaggeration can hurt, rather than help, conservation efforts."What is particularly frustrating about the term 'functional extinction' is it indicates a population that is basically past the point of no return, so it means that nothing really can be done," said Jacquelyn Gill, an associate professor at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute and School of Biology and Ecology."That might seem like scientists quibbling over terms or trying to argue for nerdy levels of precision, but a strong statement like that should mean something," she said.Are koalas going extinct soon?Koalas could go extinct. The International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, the authority on the conservation status of the world's species, says the koala population is declining and vulnerable -- but not endangered.There could be hundreds of thousands of koalas, but nailing down a number has proved impossible. Estimates range wildly, and every region is different. In some places, scientists say, koalas' numbers have declined by up to 80%.Noah Greenwald, the endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said there might have been around 300,000 koalas in Australia in 2016. But things may have changed since then -- especially given the recent fires."They're in a lot of trouble, and they need our care and our help if they're going to survive," he said.Koalas evolved to exist alongside wildfires, but the animals are facing new threats from human development, which has dislocated local populations and impaired their ability to survive fires, as well as climate change.Where did that phrase come from?On social media, many people who shared an article that used the term "functionally extinct" to describe koalas pointed to an article that appeared in Forbes on Saturday. That article, written by a senior contributor to the publication, was about the effects of the recent fires, but it appeared to cite a statement that was issued in May.The first person cited in the article was Deborah Tabart, the head of the Australian Koala Foundation.The foundation, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Brisbane, said in a statement May 10 that it believed koalas "may be functionally extinct in the entire landscape of Australia." The statement also said that the organization believed there were no more than 80,000 koalas left in the country.The organization doubled down on its use of the phrase in a different statement last month. But while the bush fires raged this month, Tabart said in another statement that "it is difficult for the Australian Koala Foundation to make any meaningful comments regarding the current Australian bush fires until the fires are over and people on the ground have evaluated the situation."The Forbes article Saturday also noted that "some researchers call into question" whether koalas were functionally extinct, "noting how difficult it is to measure total koala populations and that populations could be a much larger than estimated by the AKF."On Monday, another contributor to Forbes criticized the use of the phrase "functionally extinct" to describe koalas.The writer of the Saturday article, Trevor Nace, said in an email that "the use of the term 'functionally extinct' was Tabart's term, not mine, and was reported on by me, along with alternate views from experts."On Monday afternoon, Forbes removed the phrase "functionally extinct" from the headline and changed the beginning of the article to put less emphasis on the term.The tumult over a turn of phraseIn an interview, Tabart defended her use of the term and said that the threat of the end of a species should galvanize action, not discourage it."I want this fight," she added. "Bring it on."She said that she defined functional extinction as a situation in which a species would be gone by the third generation, and that she based her population estimates on extensive research, including land and tree surveys across eastern Australia. The data is available on her organization's website."I have driven to pretty much every part of the country," she said. "I absolutely know that there's not one koala population that's safe. I don't care what anyone says. I have been there. I've seen it. I've written about it. I've been dedicated to this job for 31 years."But Greenwald said he thought the term could have negative effects. "I think it's premature to call them functionally extinct," he said. "That would almost suggest that we give up hope, and I don't think it's at that point yet."Gill said there was a lot of space between a dire situation and a point of no return -- space for people to understand and to act."My main concern is that trust is one of our biggest assets when it comes to the scientific community and the conservation community," she added. "And I don't want to see that squandered."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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  • 57/79   Scientists Created Fake Rhino Horn. But Should We Use It?
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    In Africa, 892 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2018, down from a high of 1,349 killed in 2015. The decline in deaths is encouraging, but conservationists agree that poaching still poses a dire threat to Africa's rhino population, which hovers around 24,500 animals.Now, in the hopes of driving down the value of rhino horn and reducing poaching even more, scientists have created a convincing artificial rhino horn made from horsehair."We're not trying to supplant boots-on-the-ground, vigilant customs officials and protection of rhino habitat," said Fritz Vollrath, a biologist at the University of Oxford and senior author of the study, published in Scientific Reports. "But these measures alone so far have not been sufficient to save the rhino, so what we're doing here is bringing out a really good fake."The product that Vollrath and colleagues at Fudan University in China have produced looks identical to rhino horn under a microscope. It has a similar chemical signature and behaves like rhino horn when cut or shaved. It even smells the same when burned.With such properties, Vollrath believes his artificial horn could be used to covertly flood the market with a cheap, convincing replacement, reducing the demand that leads to rhinos being slaughtered.A number of experts pushed back, however, saying such a product is unnecessary and even dangerous.Some wealthy elites in China and Vietnam continue to give rhino horn as gifts and, in Vietnam, bring it to parties as a hangover preventive. In China, it's also carved into jewelry and ornate cups, and collected for speculation purposes."What we've seen is that most rhino horn is now being used for status symbols," said Olivia Swaak-Goldman, executive director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, a nonprofit organization that investigates wildlife trafficking networks.Status depends on rhino horn's exclusivity, high price and rarity, things that Vollrath believes his artificial horn could undermine.Rhino horn, as Vollrath puts it, is "nothing but a tuft of nose hair stuck together with glue that comes out of the animal's nose glands." He and his colleagues chose horsehair as a basis for their fake rhino horn because horses are a close relative of rhinos. They cleaned and tightly bundled the hair, then bound it together with a mixture of liquefied silk, which stood in for the collagen found in rhino horn, as well as cellulose, which represented the plant material that gets rubbed in as rhinos sharpen their horns.Pembient, a Seattle-based bioengineering company, is exploring the development of 3D-printed rhino horn. Matthew Markus, Pembient's chief executive, said he would be open to testing the new horsehair formula.But his company has also faced pushback from conservationists.Critics say that fake rhino horn risks stimulating demand for real horn and that it would complicate policing. "There's already scarce resources for wildlife crime, and we don't want to make it even more difficult for law enforcement," said Swaak-Goldman, who works with governments and law enforcement agencies.Peter Knights, chief executive of WildAid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending illegal wildlife trade, added that the market in Vietnam was already flooded with convincing fakes, like water buffalo horn, which accounts for up to 90% of what's sold as rhino horn.Frederick Chen, an economist at Wake Forest University, said that there was more than one way to flood a market, however. "Conservation groups tend to clump different strategies under one roof and have a knee-jerk reaction that they have to reject them all," he said. "But the dangers they point out don't apply to all strategies."Chen agreed that introducing a product marketed as an artificial alternative would risk driving up demand for real rhino horn. But covertly introducing a product that passes as real rhino horn but later reveals itself to have some undesirable defect -- horns that deteriorate after purchase, for example, or horns that, when consumed, trigger a stomachache -- could ultimately undermine demand. "If you introduce quality uncertainty into the market, you are trying to create confusion and essentially destroy the rhino horn market," he said.For now, these ideas remain in the realm of theory, and much of that theory goes against real-world evidence suggesting what might happen if the market was flooded with fake horn, said Solomon Hsiang, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. Hsiang cautioned, for example, that experiments trying to undermine black markets in elephant ivory by selling legal ivory backfired and ultimately led to increased poaching.Engineering fake rhino horn "seems like an elaborate technological approach that is not without potentially serious risk," Hsiang said, when a much simpler strategy would be to focus on targeted demand reduction.According to Lynn Johnson, founder of Nature Needs More, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce wildlife demand and supply, demand reduction campaigns should focus on top rhino horn users, who are usually wealthy, elite men.Johnson interviewed 20 such individuals in Vietnam and found that they did not fall for fakes: They take measures to ensure their purchase is genuine, including working with a trusted supply chain and requesting the rhino's tail as proof of provenance.They also told her that they view rhino horn as a luxury product that confers prestige. A 2018 study involving 30 Vietnamese rhino horn buyers found that most no longer believed it could cure cancer, a newfangled use that became popular around a decade ago, but they still sought it out as a symbolic final gesture to comfort terminally ill relatives.Belief in rhino horn's traditional medical properties also seems to be on the decline. A survey of 400 people in Vietnam carried out by WildAid in 2016 revealed that 23% thought rhino horn had medicinal value, down from 69% in 2014.But as long as influential people continue to hold rhino horn in high regard, Johnson says that younger and less successful people will also continue to see it as something desirable. "As soon as people can afford the real thing, they'll buy it," she said.Changing the minds of top users, something Johnson and her colleagues are trying to do, is therefore key to quashing demand, she said."I'm a scientist, but you have to know when science won't help," she said. "Calls for fake rhino horn just shows that there's a lack of understanding about the true commercial nature and consumer desire of current demand."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    In Africa, 892 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2018, down from a high of 1,349 killed in 2015. The decline in deaths is encouraging, but conservationists agree that poaching still poses a dire threat to Africa's rhino population, which hovers around 24,500 animals.Now, in the hopes of driving down the value of rhino horn and reducing poaching even more, scientists have created a convincing artificial rhino horn made from horsehair."We're not trying to supplant boots-on-the-ground, vigilant customs officials and protection of rhino habitat," said Fritz Vollrath, a biologist at the University of Oxford and senior author of the study, published in Scientific Reports. "But these measures alone so far have not been sufficient to save the rhino, so what we're doing here is bringing out a really good fake."The product that Vollrath and colleagues at Fudan University in China have produced looks identical to rhino horn under a microscope. It has a similar chemical signature and behaves like rhino horn when cut or shaved. It even smells the same when burned.With such properties, Vollrath believes his artificial horn could be used to covertly flood the market with a cheap, convincing replacement, reducing the demand that leads to rhinos being slaughtered.A number of experts pushed back, however, saying such a product is unnecessary and even dangerous.Some wealthy elites in China and Vietnam continue to give rhino horn as gifts and, in Vietnam, bring it to parties as a hangover preventive. In China, it's also carved into jewelry and ornate cups, and collected for speculation purposes."What we've seen is that most rhino horn is now being used for status symbols," said Olivia Swaak-Goldman, executive director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, a nonprofit organization that investigates wildlife trafficking networks.Status depends on rhino horn's exclusivity, high price and rarity, things that Vollrath believes his artificial horn could undermine.Rhino horn, as Vollrath puts it, is "nothing but a tuft of nose hair stuck together with glue that comes out of the animal's nose glands." He and his colleagues chose horsehair as a basis for their fake rhino horn because horses are a close relative of rhinos. They cleaned and tightly bundled the hair, then bound it together with a mixture of liquefied silk, which stood in for the collagen found in rhino horn, as well as cellulose, which represented the plant material that gets rubbed in as rhinos sharpen their horns.Pembient, a Seattle-based bioengineering company, is exploring the development of 3D-printed rhino horn. Matthew Markus, Pembient's chief executive, said he would be open to testing the new horsehair formula.But his company has also faced pushback from conservationists.Critics say that fake rhino horn risks stimulating demand for real horn and that it would complicate policing. "There's already scarce resources for wildlife crime, and we don't want to make it even more difficult for law enforcement," said Swaak-Goldman, who works with governments and law enforcement agencies.Peter Knights, chief executive of WildAid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending illegal wildlife trade, added that the market in Vietnam was already flooded with convincing fakes, like water buffalo horn, which accounts for up to 90% of what's sold as rhino horn.Frederick Chen, an economist at Wake Forest University, said that there was more than one way to flood a market, however. "Conservation groups tend to clump different strategies under one roof and have a knee-jerk reaction that they have to reject them all," he said. "But the dangers they point out don't apply to all strategies."Chen agreed that introducing a product marketed as an artificial alternative would risk driving up demand for real rhino horn. But covertly introducing a product that passes as real rhino horn but later reveals itself to have some undesirable defect -- horns that deteriorate after purchase, for example, or horns that, when consumed, trigger a stomachache -- could ultimately undermine demand. "If you introduce quality uncertainty into the market, you are trying to create confusion and essentially destroy the rhino horn market," he said.For now, these ideas remain in the realm of theory, and much of that theory goes against real-world evidence suggesting what might happen if the market was flooded with fake horn, said Solomon Hsiang, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. Hsiang cautioned, for example, that experiments trying to undermine black markets in elephant ivory by selling legal ivory backfired and ultimately led to increased poaching.Engineering fake rhino horn "seems like an elaborate technological approach that is not without potentially serious risk," Hsiang said, when a much simpler strategy would be to focus on targeted demand reduction.According to Lynn Johnson, founder of Nature Needs More, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce wildlife demand and supply, demand reduction campaigns should focus on top rhino horn users, who are usually wealthy, elite men.Johnson interviewed 20 such individuals in Vietnam and found that they did not fall for fakes: They take measures to ensure their purchase is genuine, including working with a trusted supply chain and requesting the rhino's tail as proof of provenance.They also told her that they view rhino horn as a luxury product that confers prestige. A 2018 study involving 30 Vietnamese rhino horn buyers found that most no longer believed it could cure cancer, a newfangled use that became popular around a decade ago, but they still sought it out as a symbolic final gesture to comfort terminally ill relatives.Belief in rhino horn's traditional medical properties also seems to be on the decline. A survey of 400 people in Vietnam carried out by WildAid in 2016 revealed that 23% thought rhino horn had medicinal value, down from 69% in 2014.But as long as influential people continue to hold rhino horn in high regard, Johnson says that younger and less successful people will also continue to see it as something desirable. "As soon as people can afford the real thing, they'll buy it," she said.Changing the minds of top users, something Johnson and her colleagues are trying to do, is therefore key to quashing demand, she said."I'm a scientist, but you have to know when science won't help," she said. "Calls for fake rhino horn just shows that there's a lack of understanding about the true commercial nature and consumer desire of current demand."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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  • 58/79   Archaeologists discovered a catacomb filled with mummified lion cubs, crocodiles, and cobras in an ancient Egyptian city of the dead
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    Egyptologists discovered an ancient city of the dead in Saqqara. The grave site recently revealed dozens of mummified creatures, including lion cubs.

    Egyptologists discovered an ancient city of the dead in Saqqara. The grave site recently revealed dozens of mummified creatures, including lion cubs.


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  • 59/79   NASA is testing an alien-hunting, upside-down underwater rover in Antarctica. It's one of several plans to explore 2 ocean worlds for signs of life.
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    NASA is testing the rover in Antarctica, an environment similar to the salty oceans hidden beneath the thick ice crusts of Europa and Enceladus.

    NASA is testing the rover in Antarctica, an environment similar to the salty oceans hidden beneath the thick ice crusts of Europa and Enceladus.


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  • 60/79   Iraqi protesters torch Iran consulate amid deadly protests
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    Iraqi protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of anti-government demonstrations that have left more than 350 people dead.  'Victory to Iraq!' and 'Iran out!' protesters chanted, outraged at the country they blame for propping up a government they've been demonstrating against for nearly two months.  Iraq's capital and its Shiite-majority south have been gripped by the largest grassroots protests since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

    Iraqi protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of anti-government demonstrations that have left more than 350 people dead. 'Victory to Iraq!' and 'Iran out!' protesters chanted, outraged at the country they blame for propping up a government they've been demonstrating against for nearly two months. Iraq's capital and its Shiite-majority south have been gripped by the largest grassroots protests since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.


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  • 61/79   Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
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    President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed two bills aimed at supporting human rights and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.  Trump signed the bills, which were approved by near unanimous consent in the House and Senate, even as he expressed some concerns about complicating the effort to work out a trade deal with China’s President Xi Jinping.  “I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said in a statement.

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed two bills aimed at supporting human rights and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. Trump signed the bills, which were approved by near unanimous consent in the House and Senate, even as he expressed some concerns about complicating the effort to work out a trade deal with China’s President Xi Jinping. “I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said in a statement.


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  • 62/79   She Slashed Global Tariffs Under Trump’s Nose. Now She’s Leaving
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    (Bloomberg) -- Over the past five years as the European Union’s trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom has reached deals to expand more than 295 billion euros ($325 billion) of the bloc’s commerce with the rest of the world.That market-opening success is no small feat as Malmstrom, known for her civility and consistency, pushed to counter U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist challenge to the global trade order.Due to step down on Saturday, the 51-year-old Swede leaves behind a series of concrete accomplishments -- including three blockbuster free-trade agreements -- that will chart the EU’s course for decades beyond the current tumult in international commerce.“Malmstrom doesn’t shout, but she is far from toothless,” said Jacques Pelkmans, a trade-policy expert and senior fellow at the CEPS think tank in Brussels. “She will always remain a diplomat rather than bang tables. That is not a weakness.”As the only female European trade commissioner to date to serve a full term, Malmstrom has overseen the biggest EU offensive in the field of international commerce in the bloc’s history.U.S., China ThreatAt the same time, she has led a defensive campaign to prevent the World Trade Organization system from collapsing under the combined strains of U.S. protectionism and China’s failure to become a full market economy almost two decades after joining the WTO.“While being very open, civilized and thoughtful, Malmstrom has also been principled and tough when needed,” said Eleonora Catella, a senior adviser on trade matters at the BusinessEurope confederation in Brussels. “She has achieved a lot.”To be sure, the deterioration in EU relations with the U.S. as a result of Trump’s “America First” agenda and the inconclusive efforts to prod economic changes in communist China will form bitter components of Malmstrom’s legacy. They will also preoccupy her successor, Ireland’s Phil Hogan, who has been European agriculture commissioner.The U.S. and China may be the EU’s top two trade partners, but they are threatening in different ways the global commercial order to which the 28-nation bloc is committed. And with the U.S. and China locked in a trade war, the threats are as serious as ever.‘Fantastic, Dramatic’But the tests posed by Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have played roles in Malmstrom’s policy successes by adding urgency to Europe’s efforts to open international markets and uphold the rules-based multilateral commercial order.“It’s been five fantastic, dramatic and challenging years,” Malmstrom, who plans to teach at a Swedish university next year, said in the Belgian capital on Nov. 21 after her last meeting with the EU’s national trade ministers.In rapid succession the EU reached landmark trade accords with Canada and Japan after five years of negotiations, securing the bloc’s first such pacts with fellow members of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations. Then Malmstrom and her team struck an accord with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- the so-called Mercosur group -- following two decades of talks, surprising even seasoned EU observers.“Perhaps the conclusion of the EU-Mercosur agreement was even more satisfying,” Malmstrom told Bloomberg on Nov. 26. “There were many, including within the EU, that thought it would never happen” and “when it was finally done the whole room stood up to applaud each other. It had really been a negotiating marathon and not many of us had got much sleep by that point.”In each case, the message from the parties was that free-trade agreements are important not just because they generate economic benefits but also because they mark a political bulwark against protectionism. This stance is likely to propel EU market-opening negotiations that Malmstrom kicked off last year with Australia and New Zealand.While U.S. unilateralism has driven the EU’s agenda of free-trade deals, China’s state-sponsored programs to expand exports and foreign investment lie behind two other European policy breakthroughs under Malmstrom.The first involved a revamp of European rules on countering below-cost -- or “dumped” -- imports in a way that both met EU legal obligations tied to China’s WTO membership and maintained the bloc’s ability to curb unfairly priced foreign goods with duties. The overhaul, which Pelkmans of CEPS called “very smart,” reflected a compromise between the competing interests of European importers and manufacturers.The second major success on this front was European legislation -- the first of its kind -- meant to prevent foreign investments from threatening national security. Deemed for years too controversial even to propose because of opposition in EU national capitals, the new law ended up winning final political approval in just 17 months.Saving the WTOOn the global front under Malmstrom, the EU has led efforts to bolster the WTO by enabling it to tackle industrial subsidies and to sidestep an imminent deadlock on the trade arbiter’s appellate body caused by a U.S. refusal to consider new appointments.These two initiatives have no guarantee of success, highlighting Europe’s lingering vulnerabilities. In addition, the EU’s own agenda of striking free-trade deals has weaknesses because talks with key emerging economies such as India are on hold and because it excludes China, with which the bloc first wants to reach an investment pact.In navigating through this uncertainty, Malmstrom has been steadfast in extolling the benefits of free trade and in urging China and the U.S. to act in ways that support it.“To both the U.S. and China I say this: don’t take the WTO for granted,” Malmstrom said in her remarks to Bloomberg on Tuesday. “We need to work together to make it fit for purpose for the modern economy.”Her main demand of Beijing has been to make good on pledges to pursue more open trade and investment policies. Her primary request of Washington has been to work with the EU to defend a global commercial order that the U.S. itself was instrumental in establishing.“The U.S. needs to find the space between pulling the punches and pulling the plug,” Malmstrom said in March. “We are worried that the system is threatening to break altogether.”To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Richard Bravo, Guy CollinsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Over the past five years as the European Union’s trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom has reached deals to expand more than 295 billion euros ($325 billion) of the bloc’s commerce with the rest of the world.That market-opening success is no small feat as Malmstrom, known for her civility and consistency, pushed to counter U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist challenge to the global trade order.Due to step down on Saturday, the 51-year-old Swede leaves behind a series of concrete accomplishments -- including three blockbuster free-trade agreements -- that will chart the EU’s course for decades beyond the current tumult in international commerce.“Malmstrom doesn’t shout, but she is far from toothless,” said Jacques Pelkmans, a trade-policy expert and senior fellow at the CEPS think tank in Brussels. “She will always remain a diplomat rather than bang tables. That is not a weakness.”As the only female European trade commissioner to date to serve a full term, Malmstrom has overseen the biggest EU offensive in the field of international commerce in the bloc’s history.U.S., China ThreatAt the same time, she has led a defensive campaign to prevent the World Trade Organization system from collapsing under the combined strains of U.S. protectionism and China’s failure to become a full market economy almost two decades after joining the WTO.“While being very open, civilized and thoughtful, Malmstrom has also been principled and tough when needed,” said Eleonora Catella, a senior adviser on trade matters at the BusinessEurope confederation in Brussels. “She has achieved a lot.”To be sure, the deterioration in EU relations with the U.S. as a result of Trump’s “America First” agenda and the inconclusive efforts to prod economic changes in communist China will form bitter components of Malmstrom’s legacy. They will also preoccupy her successor, Ireland’s Phil Hogan, who has been European agriculture commissioner.The U.S. and China may be the EU’s top two trade partners, but they are threatening in different ways the global commercial order to which the 28-nation bloc is committed. And with the U.S. and China locked in a trade war, the threats are as serious as ever.‘Fantastic, Dramatic’But the tests posed by Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have played roles in Malmstrom’s policy successes by adding urgency to Europe’s efforts to open international markets and uphold the rules-based multilateral commercial order.“It’s been five fantastic, dramatic and challenging years,” Malmstrom, who plans to teach at a Swedish university next year, said in the Belgian capital on Nov. 21 after her last meeting with the EU’s national trade ministers.In rapid succession the EU reached landmark trade accords with Canada and Japan after five years of negotiations, securing the bloc’s first such pacts with fellow members of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations. Then Malmstrom and her team struck an accord with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- the so-called Mercosur group -- following two decades of talks, surprising even seasoned EU observers.“Perhaps the conclusion of the EU-Mercosur agreement was even more satisfying,” Malmstrom told Bloomberg on Nov. 26. “There were many, including within the EU, that thought it would never happen” and “when it was finally done the whole room stood up to applaud each other. It had really been a negotiating marathon and not many of us had got much sleep by that point.”In each case, the message from the parties was that free-trade agreements are important not just because they generate economic benefits but also because they mark a political bulwark against protectionism. This stance is likely to propel EU market-opening negotiations that Malmstrom kicked off last year with Australia and New Zealand.While U.S. unilateralism has driven the EU’s agenda of free-trade deals, China’s state-sponsored programs to expand exports and foreign investment lie behind two other European policy breakthroughs under Malmstrom.The first involved a revamp of European rules on countering below-cost -- or “dumped” -- imports in a way that both met EU legal obligations tied to China’s WTO membership and maintained the bloc’s ability to curb unfairly priced foreign goods with duties. The overhaul, which Pelkmans of CEPS called “very smart,” reflected a compromise between the competing interests of European importers and manufacturers.The second major success on this front was European legislation -- the first of its kind -- meant to prevent foreign investments from threatening national security. Deemed for years too controversial even to propose because of opposition in EU national capitals, the new law ended up winning final political approval in just 17 months.Saving the WTOOn the global front under Malmstrom, the EU has led efforts to bolster the WTO by enabling it to tackle industrial subsidies and to sidestep an imminent deadlock on the trade arbiter’s appellate body caused by a U.S. refusal to consider new appointments.These two initiatives have no guarantee of success, highlighting Europe’s lingering vulnerabilities. In addition, the EU’s own agenda of striking free-trade deals has weaknesses because talks with key emerging economies such as India are on hold and because it excludes China, with which the bloc first wants to reach an investment pact.In navigating through this uncertainty, Malmstrom has been steadfast in extolling the benefits of free trade and in urging China and the U.S. to act in ways that support it.“To both the U.S. and China I say this: don’t take the WTO for granted,” Malmstrom said in her remarks to Bloomberg on Tuesday. “We need to work together to make it fit for purpose for the modern economy.”Her main demand of Beijing has been to make good on pledges to pursue more open trade and investment policies. Her primary request of Washington has been to work with the EU to defend a global commercial order that the U.S. itself was instrumental in establishing.“The U.S. needs to find the space between pulling the punches and pulling the plug,” Malmstrom said in March. “We are worried that the system is threatening to break altogether.”To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Richard Bravo, Guy CollinsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 63/79   Boris Johnson Set for 68-Seat Majority According to YouGov Poll
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    (Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is on track to win its biggest majority in more than three decades, according to the most hotly anticipated poll of the general election campaign.The Tories will win a majority of 68 seats in the Dec. 12 election, according to a YouGov poll which used a technique that more closely predicted the 2017 election than standard surveys. Such a majority would allow Johnson to deliver on his promise of getting his Brexit deal through Parliament by Jan. 31, and could also give him some freedom to make compromises in subsequent negotiations with the European Union.The poll put the Conservatives on course to win 359 of the 650 seats in Parliament, a gain of 42 on the last election, while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is set to win 211 seats, a loss of 51. Of the smaller parties, the Liberal Democrats are set to win 13 seats, while the Scottish National Party are on track to win 43 seats. This would be the best Conservative result since Margaret Thatcher won her third term in 1987.“As expected, the key thing deciding the extent to which each of these seats is moving against Labour are how that seat voted in the European Union referendum,” said Chris Curtis, YouGov’s political research manager. “This is allowing the Tories to overturn quite substantial majorities.”Through a process called Multilevel Regression and Post-stratification, or MRP for short, YouGov aims to identify different types of voters, and predict their behavior. Then the company works out how many of each of these voter types there are in each electoral district to produce a forecast.Read More: What Is the ‘MRP Poll’ and Can It Predict the U.K. Election?In the 2017 election, YouGov’s MRP poll predicted that Theresa May would lose her majority, at a time other polls were suggesting her Conservatives would secure a big win.The pound rose to 1.2948 against the dollar, continuing an upward trend after speculation earlier in the day that the poll would show a Tory majority.Red Wall CrumblesThe poll was bleak for Corbyn, showing Labour on course for its worst election result since 1983. It had the party winning no new seats and watching the crumbling of its so-called “red wall” of districts in the north of England that have voted Labour for decades. Seats such as Bishop Auckland and Newcastle-Under-Lyme that are traditionally Labour but also strongly in favor of Brexit were forecast to fall to the Tories. The Conservatives were also on course to make gains in North Wales, in seats like Clwyd South and Wrexham, where they have previously struggled to shake off the legacy of closing down coal mines in the 1980s.Meanwhile, in areas that opposed Brexit, the poll suggested the Conservatives still had sufficient support to hold their seats.Members of parliament who defected from the Tory Party or were thrown out over their Brexit stance were predicted to lose their seats. That included Dominic Grieve, standing as an independent candidate in Beaconsfield, and Sam Gyimah who is competing to win Kensington and Chelsea for the Liberal Democrats. That wealthy London borough is expected to swing back to the Tories after an unexpected Labour win in 2017.In Scotland, the SNP were predicted to dominate, winning five seats from Labour, two from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party wasn’t expected to win any seats and the Greens would retain their one in Brighton Pavilion.UncertaintyHowever there was uncertainty in the forecast. Of the predicted Conservative gains, 30 were by less than 5%. And the poll itself could change behavior. By offering a seat-by-seat prediction, it could enable voters who oppose Brexit or the Conservatives to see how best to vote against Johnson.And by apparently confirming other traditional polls that suggest the result isn’t in doubt, the poll could cause complacency among Conservative supporters, and lead voters who dislike Johnson but don’t want Corbyn to be prime minister to conclude they have nothing to worry about.Possibly with those eventualities in mind, Johnson’s top aide earlier on Wednesday made a direct appeal to Brexit-supporting voters to back the prime minister, even if they weren’t natural Tory supporters. In his personal blog, Dominic Cummings warned that despite recent polls, “things are MUCH tighter than they seem and there is a very real possibility of a hung parliament.”The poll of around 100,000 people, conducted Nov. 19-26, is a further blow to Corbyn. On Wednesday he tried again to draw a line under accusations of anti-Semitism that engulfed his party, and turn the focus onto Johnson, accusing the prime minister of preparing to put the National Health Service on the table in trade talks with the U.S. Johnson rejected the charge.The prime minister meanwhile apologized to Muslims for any offense caused by Conservative Party members, after the Muslim Council of Britain criticized the Tories over their handling of Islamophobia in their ranks. Johnson himself wrote in a 2018 newspaper column that Muslim women who wear burqas look like “letter boxes.”To contact the reporter on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert HuttonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is on track to win its biggest majority in more than three decades, according to the most hotly anticipated poll of the general election campaign.The Tories will win a majority of 68 seats in the Dec. 12 election, according to a YouGov poll which used a technique that more closely predicted the 2017 election than standard surveys. Such a majority would allow Johnson to deliver on his promise of getting his Brexit deal through Parliament by Jan. 31, and could also give him some freedom to make compromises in subsequent negotiations with the European Union.The poll put the Conservatives on course to win 359 of the 650 seats in Parliament, a gain of 42 on the last election, while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is set to win 211 seats, a loss of 51. Of the smaller parties, the Liberal Democrats are set to win 13 seats, while the Scottish National Party are on track to win 43 seats. This would be the best Conservative result since Margaret Thatcher won her third term in 1987.“As expected, the key thing deciding the extent to which each of these seats is moving against Labour are how that seat voted in the European Union referendum,” said Chris Curtis, YouGov’s political research manager. “This is allowing the Tories to overturn quite substantial majorities.”Through a process called Multilevel Regression and Post-stratification, or MRP for short, YouGov aims to identify different types of voters, and predict their behavior. Then the company works out how many of each of these voter types there are in each electoral district to produce a forecast.Read More: What Is the ‘MRP Poll’ and Can It Predict the U.K. Election?In the 2017 election, YouGov’s MRP poll predicted that Theresa May would lose her majority, at a time other polls were suggesting her Conservatives would secure a big win.The pound rose to 1.2948 against the dollar, continuing an upward trend after speculation earlier in the day that the poll would show a Tory majority.Red Wall CrumblesThe poll was bleak for Corbyn, showing Labour on course for its worst election result since 1983. It had the party winning no new seats and watching the crumbling of its so-called “red wall” of districts in the north of England that have voted Labour for decades. Seats such as Bishop Auckland and Newcastle-Under-Lyme that are traditionally Labour but also strongly in favor of Brexit were forecast to fall to the Tories. The Conservatives were also on course to make gains in North Wales, in seats like Clwyd South and Wrexham, where they have previously struggled to shake off the legacy of closing down coal mines in the 1980s.Meanwhile, in areas that opposed Brexit, the poll suggested the Conservatives still had sufficient support to hold their seats.Members of parliament who defected from the Tory Party or were thrown out over their Brexit stance were predicted to lose their seats. That included Dominic Grieve, standing as an independent candidate in Beaconsfield, and Sam Gyimah who is competing to win Kensington and Chelsea for the Liberal Democrats. That wealthy London borough is expected to swing back to the Tories after an unexpected Labour win in 2017.In Scotland, the SNP were predicted to dominate, winning five seats from Labour, two from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party wasn’t expected to win any seats and the Greens would retain their one in Brighton Pavilion.UncertaintyHowever there was uncertainty in the forecast. Of the predicted Conservative gains, 30 were by less than 5%. And the poll itself could change behavior. By offering a seat-by-seat prediction, it could enable voters who oppose Brexit or the Conservatives to see how best to vote against Johnson.And by apparently confirming other traditional polls that suggest the result isn’t in doubt, the poll could cause complacency among Conservative supporters, and lead voters who dislike Johnson but don’t want Corbyn to be prime minister to conclude they have nothing to worry about.Possibly with those eventualities in mind, Johnson’s top aide earlier on Wednesday made a direct appeal to Brexit-supporting voters to back the prime minister, even if they weren’t natural Tory supporters. In his personal blog, Dominic Cummings warned that despite recent polls, “things are MUCH tighter than they seem and there is a very real possibility of a hung parliament.”The poll of around 100,000 people, conducted Nov. 19-26, is a further blow to Corbyn. On Wednesday he tried again to draw a line under accusations of anti-Semitism that engulfed his party, and turn the focus onto Johnson, accusing the prime minister of preparing to put the National Health Service on the table in trade talks with the U.S. Johnson rejected the charge.The prime minister meanwhile apologized to Muslims for any offense caused by Conservative Party members, after the Muslim Council of Britain criticized the Tories over their handling of Islamophobia in their ranks. Johnson himself wrote in a 2018 newspaper column that Muslim women who wear burqas look like “letter boxes.”To contact the reporter on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert HuttonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 64/79   Health service in UK lagging behind that of other wealthy countries
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    Britain's health service is lagging behind that of other high-income countries, research suggests.  The study by the London School of Economics and Harvard School of Public Health compared  ten countries, examining spending levels, and a range of indicators measuring quality of care,  The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), said the quality of NHS care appears to be "slipping", with Britons faring worse than their counterparts abroad. Researchers compared the UK with Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the US, using data, some of which came from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The UK was found to have the lowest healthcare expenditure per person at £2,978, compared with an average of £4,438 in the other countries. Overall, the UK spent approximately 8.7 per cent of GDP on health in 2017, compared with the average of 11.5 per cent. GPs in the UK reported spending the least amount of time with patients, compared with similar countries, the study found.  Overall, 92 per cent of family doctors said they spent less than 15 minutes on each appointment, compared with 38 per cent of those elsewhere.  None said they spent 25 or more minutes with a patient, compared with an average of 15 per cent in other countries, while 8 per cent spent 15 to 25 minutes per appointment, compared with 45 per cent in other countries.  When it comes to doctors, the UK had fewer, at 2.8 per 1,000 people in 2017, compared with an average of 3.5. The number of practising nurses in the UK in 2017 was also "considerably lower" at 7.8 per 1,000 people, compared with an average of 11.4 in the other countries. The UK had the lowest survival rates for breast and colon cancer, and second lowest for cervical and rectal cancer.  And 19 per cent of hospital patients waited two months or more to see a specialist, compared with a 12 per cent average in other countries. The study also found the UK had fewer hospital beds, at 2.5 per 1,000 people, compared with four per 1,000 in other countries. However, there were fewer healthcare-associated infections in the UK, fewer people suffered a blood clot after surgery and more over-65s had a flu jab. There were also more women undergoing breast and cervical screening. The authors said: "Our study suggests that the NHS should look towards improving staffing ratios, long-term care provision, and social spending, which are lower than comparator countries and have been declining in recent years. "Despite already low levels of labour, the UK is making do with fewer doctors and nurses, a challenge that is likely to be exacerbated in the context of Brexit. "Although access to care compared favourably to other countries, utilisation was lower than average and quality seems to be slipping. Health service outcomes, as well as heath status, are sub-optimal." The study's authors said the UK "will almost certainly need to spend more on healthcare staffing, long-term care, and other social services" in the future. The Conservatives have promised an NHS budget rise of 3.4 per cent a year on average, so that by 2023/24, £149 billion will be spent.   Health and wellbeing | Read more Labour has pledged a 4.3 percent increase in health funding annually over four years - amounting to £6 billion extra a year by 2023/24, which the Lib Dems have pledged to match. Mark Dayan, policy analyst at the Nuffield Trust, said: "Our work last year with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, King's Fund and Health Foundation showed the UK lags behind on many areas of cancer and in overall avoidable deaths for killer diseases. "But the NHS does appear relatively efficient, and actually has perfectly normal waiting times despite the complaints we so often hear. "This report is right to point to low levels of key staff as an underlying concern.” Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: "It’s clear that years of tory underfunding and under staffing of our NHS has had a huge impact on patient care, with many waiting longer for appointments and treatment.  "Labour will invest in our health service with a £40bn cash boost to help deliver real change, recruit more doctors and nurses, and give patients the standard of care they deserve."

    Britain's health service is lagging behind that of other high-income countries, research suggests.  The study by the London School of Economics and Harvard School of Public Health compared  ten countries, examining spending levels, and a range of indicators measuring quality of care,  The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), said the quality of NHS care appears to be "slipping", with Britons faring worse than their counterparts abroad. Researchers compared the UK with Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the US, using data, some of which came from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The UK was found to have the lowest healthcare expenditure per person at £2,978, compared with an average of £4,438 in the other countries. Overall, the UK spent approximately 8.7 per cent of GDP on health in 2017, compared with the average of 11.5 per cent. GPs in the UK reported spending the least amount of time with patients, compared with similar countries, the study found.  Overall, 92 per cent of family doctors said they spent less than 15 minutes on each appointment, compared with 38 per cent of those elsewhere.  None said they spent 25 or more minutes with a patient, compared with an average of 15 per cent in other countries, while 8 per cent spent 15 to 25 minutes per appointment, compared with 45 per cent in other countries.  When it comes to doctors, the UK had fewer, at 2.8 per 1,000 people in 2017, compared with an average of 3.5. The number of practising nurses in the UK in 2017 was also "considerably lower" at 7.8 per 1,000 people, compared with an average of 11.4 in the other countries. The UK had the lowest survival rates for breast and colon cancer, and second lowest for cervical and rectal cancer.  And 19 per cent of hospital patients waited two months or more to see a specialist, compared with a 12 per cent average in other countries. The study also found the UK had fewer hospital beds, at 2.5 per 1,000 people, compared with four per 1,000 in other countries. However, there were fewer healthcare-associated infections in the UK, fewer people suffered a blood clot after surgery and more over-65s had a flu jab. There were also more women undergoing breast and cervical screening. The authors said: "Our study suggests that the NHS should look towards improving staffing ratios, long-term care provision, and social spending, which are lower than comparator countries and have been declining in recent years. "Despite already low levels of labour, the UK is making do with fewer doctors and nurses, a challenge that is likely to be exacerbated in the context of Brexit. "Although access to care compared favourably to other countries, utilisation was lower than average and quality seems to be slipping. Health service outcomes, as well as heath status, are sub-optimal." The study's authors said the UK "will almost certainly need to spend more on healthcare staffing, long-term care, and other social services" in the future. The Conservatives have promised an NHS budget rise of 3.4 per cent a year on average, so that by 2023/24, £149 billion will be spent.   Health and wellbeing | Read more Labour has pledged a 4.3 percent increase in health funding annually over four years - amounting to £6 billion extra a year by 2023/24, which the Lib Dems have pledged to match. Mark Dayan, policy analyst at the Nuffield Trust, said: "Our work last year with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, King's Fund and Health Foundation showed the UK lags behind on many areas of cancer and in overall avoidable deaths for killer diseases. "But the NHS does appear relatively efficient, and actually has perfectly normal waiting times despite the complaints we so often hear. "This report is right to point to low levels of key staff as an underlying concern.” Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: "It’s clear that years of tory underfunding and under staffing of our NHS has had a huge impact on patient care, with many waiting longer for appointments and treatment.  "Labour will invest in our health service with a £40bn cash boost to help deliver real change, recruit more doctors and nurses, and give patients the standard of care they deserve."


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  • 65/79   Navy cancels review for SEALs after firing of Navy secretary
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    The Navy on Wednesday canceled a peer-review process that would have determined if three Navy SEAL officers who supervised an enlisted SEAL convicted of posing with a dead teenage captive in Iraq should remain on the elite force.  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the case was becoming a distraction for the commando force, known for its quiet professionalism.  The decision was the latest twist in the war crimes case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, which led to a conflict between President Donald Trump and armed services leaders over military discipline.

    The Navy on Wednesday canceled a peer-review process that would have determined if three Navy SEAL officers who supervised an enlisted SEAL convicted of posing with a dead teenage captive in Iraq should remain on the elite force. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the case was becoming a distraction for the commando force, known for its quiet professionalism. The decision was the latest twist in the war crimes case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, which led to a conflict between President Donald Trump and armed services leaders over military discipline.


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  • 66/79   Putin and Ukraine's Zelensky set for Paris one-on-one: Kremlin
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky are likely to have a one-on-one meeting during four-way summit talks in Paris next month, the Kremlin said Wednesday.  Putin and Zelensky plan to join French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on December 9 for a summit aimed at resolving the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists have carved out breakaway statelets.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky are likely to have a one-on-one meeting during four-way summit talks in Paris next month, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Putin and Zelensky plan to join French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on December 9 for a summit aimed at resolving the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists have carved out breakaway statelets.


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  • 67/79   HRW charges Iran 'covering up' unrest deaths
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    Human Rights Watch accused Iran on Wednesday of 'deliberately covering up' deaths and arrests during a crackdown on demonstrations this month.  Protests broke out across sanctions-hit Iran on November 15, hours after a sharp fuel price hike was announced.  Reports of deaths and arrests emerged as security forces were deployed to rein in demonstrations which turned violent in some areas, with dozens of banks, petrol pumps and police stations torched.

    Human Rights Watch accused Iran on Wednesday of 'deliberately covering up' deaths and arrests during a crackdown on demonstrations this month. Protests broke out across sanctions-hit Iran on November 15, hours after a sharp fuel price hike was announced. Reports of deaths and arrests emerged as security forces were deployed to rein in demonstrations which turned violent in some areas, with dozens of banks, petrol pumps and police stations torched.


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  • 68/79   The climate crisis is here, get used to it
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    When teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, nominated for the Peace Nobel this year, scolded titans of industry in Davos and heads of state at the United Nations, she told them to look at the science.  If economics is the 'dismal science', research on global warming has become the science of our dismal future.  Four blockbuster reports from the United Nations over the last year have made it inescapably clear that the window of opportunity for avoiding serious consequences from our meddling with Earth's climate system has slammed shut.

    When teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, nominated for the Peace Nobel this year, scolded titans of industry in Davos and heads of state at the United Nations, she told them to look at the science. If economics is the 'dismal science', research on global warming has become the science of our dismal future. Four blockbuster reports from the United Nations over the last year have made it inescapably clear that the window of opportunity for avoiding serious consequences from our meddling with Earth's climate system has slammed shut.


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  • 69/79   Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska 'stripped of Cyprus citizenship' in clampdown on cash-for-visa scheme
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    Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to the Kremlin, has had his Cypriot citizenship revoked as the island nation clamps down on abuse of its passport-for-investment programme, according to local media.  Cyprus has stripped 26 wealthy people of their citizenship rights as part of a review of the 2013 policy that granted a passport to anybody who invested at least $2.2 million in the local economy, the Politis newspaper reported. The Cypriot government has not confirmed the report. Mr Deripaska was once Russia’s richest man, making his fortune by consolidating Siberia’s vast aluminum resources under his control in the 1990s. His estimated net worth today is $3 billion. Cypriot citizenship, which Mr Deripaska gained in 2017, granted him the right to travel and live across the European Union without the restrictions faced by Russian passport-holders. In 2018, the US sanctioned Mr Deripaska over his alleged ties to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, arguing that he and other Russian oligarchs directly benefited from the Putin regime's bad behaviour abroad.  Mr Deripaska seen here with Mr Putin in 2014 Credit:  Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images Three of Mr Deripaska's companies were also sanctioned, though those were later lifted as part of an agreement that saw him divest his controlling shares in the firms. Unidentified representatives of Mr Deripaska were quoted in the Russian press on Wednesday denying the Politis report. The RBC news outlet quoted a representative as saying “no official notice of any kind” has been issued by the Cypriot government. Asked by reporters in Moscow if the reports were true, a Kremlin spokesman said it did not concern Russia but was an "internal issue" for Cyprus and Mr Deripaska.  Earlier this month, Cyprus announced it had identified 26 recipients of Cypriot passports under the citizenship-for-investment program that were under review. The list included nine Russian citizens, Reuters reported at the time.  According to Politis, those nine Russians Deripaska, his wife and his daughter, as well as businessmen Vladimir Stolyarenko and Alexander Bondarenko and their families. The list is also reported to include Cambodians, Chinese, Kenyan, Melasian and Iranian nationals.  The citizenship-for-investment programme has come under intense scrutiny following reporting by Reuters that claimed to show the scheme has been manipulated by corrupt officials and political allies close to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

    Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to the Kremlin, has had his Cypriot citizenship revoked as the island nation clamps down on abuse of its passport-for-investment programme, according to local media.  Cyprus has stripped 26 wealthy people of their citizenship rights as part of a review of the 2013 policy that granted a passport to anybody who invested at least $2.2 million in the local economy, the Politis newspaper reported. The Cypriot government has not confirmed the report. Mr Deripaska was once Russia’s richest man, making his fortune by consolidating Siberia’s vast aluminum resources under his control in the 1990s. His estimated net worth today is $3 billion. Cypriot citizenship, which Mr Deripaska gained in 2017, granted him the right to travel and live across the European Union without the restrictions faced by Russian passport-holders. In 2018, the US sanctioned Mr Deripaska over his alleged ties to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, arguing that he and other Russian oligarchs directly benefited from the Putin regime's bad behaviour abroad.  Mr Deripaska seen here with Mr Putin in 2014 Credit:  Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images Three of Mr Deripaska's companies were also sanctioned, though those were later lifted as part of an agreement that saw him divest his controlling shares in the firms. Unidentified representatives of Mr Deripaska were quoted in the Russian press on Wednesday denying the Politis report. The RBC news outlet quoted a representative as saying “no official notice of any kind” has been issued by the Cypriot government. Asked by reporters in Moscow if the reports were true, a Kremlin spokesman said it did not concern Russia but was an "internal issue" for Cyprus and Mr Deripaska.  Earlier this month, Cyprus announced it had identified 26 recipients of Cypriot passports under the citizenship-for-investment program that were under review. The list included nine Russian citizens, Reuters reported at the time.  According to Politis, those nine Russians Deripaska, his wife and his daughter, as well as businessmen Vladimir Stolyarenko and Alexander Bondarenko and their families. The list is also reported to include Cambodians, Chinese, Kenyan, Melasian and Iranian nationals.  The citizenship-for-investment programme has come under intense scrutiny following reporting by Reuters that claimed to show the scheme has been manipulated by corrupt officials and political allies close to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.


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  • 70/79   Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on media
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    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.

    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.


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  • 71/79   5 Turkey Cooking Tips Will Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird This Holidays
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    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.

    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.


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  • 72/79   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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  • 73/79   Is It Time for a Medication Reconciliation?
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    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...

    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...


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  • 74/79   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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  • 75/79   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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  • 76/79   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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  • 77/79   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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  • 78/79   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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  • 79/79   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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