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  • 1/79   News Photos Slideshows
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  • 2/79   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 3/79   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
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    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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  • 8/79   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

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


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  • 9/79   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 10/79   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 11/79   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 12/79   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 13/79   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 14/79   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 15/79   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   Aurora the Columbus Zoo polar bear gives birth to cub on Thanksgiving Day
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The cub is the fourth for Aurora at the Columbus Zoo. Her first cub, Nora, now lives at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

    The cub is the fourth for Aurora at the Columbus Zoo. Her first cub, Nora, now lives at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.


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  • 21/79   Is BRC Asia Limited’s (SGX:BEC) 14% ROCE Any Good?
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    Today we'll look at BRC Asia Limited (SGX:BEC) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we're...

    Today we'll look at BRC Asia Limited (SGX:BEC) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we're...


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  • 22/79   Link Real Estate Investment Trust Just Beat Earnings Expectations: Here's What Analysts Think Will Happen Next
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    Link Real Estate Investment Trust (HKG:823) defied analyst predictions to release its interim results, which were...

    Link Real Estate Investment Trust (HKG:823) defied analyst predictions to release its interim results, which were...


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  • 23/79   Do You Know What China Yongda Automobiles Services Holdings Limited's (HKG:3669) P/E Ratio Means?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Today, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. To keep it practical...

    Today, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. To keep it practical...


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  • 24/79   The Ronshine China Holdings (HKG:3301) Share Price Is Up 45% And Shareholders Are Holding On
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you buy good businesses at...

    By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you buy good businesses at...


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  • 25/79   Here's Why I Think China Xinhua Education Group (HKG:2779) Is An Interesting Stock
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    Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story...

    Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story...


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  • 26/79   SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of TIFFANY & CO - TIF
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Tiffany & Co. ("Tiffany" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: TIF) relating to the sale of the Company to LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE. Under the terms of the transaction, each share of Tiffany common stock will be converted into the right to receive $135.00 in cash for each share of Tiffany common stock owned.

    Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Tiffany & Co. ("Tiffany" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: TIF) relating to the sale of the Company to LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE. Under the terms of the transaction, each share of Tiffany common stock will be converted into the right to receive $135.00 in cash for each share of Tiffany common stock owned.


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  • 27/79   When Should You Buy Shui On Land Limited (HKG:272)?
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    Shui On Land Limited (HKG:272), which is in the real estate business, and is based in China, maintained its current...

    Shui On Land Limited (HKG:272), which is in the real estate business, and is based in China, maintained its current...


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  • 28/79   Galaxy Digital saw first three quarter net income surge by 133% in 2019
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    Galaxy Digital, the cryptocurrency investment bank helmed by Mike Novogratz, pocketed $58.4 million in net income in the first three quarters of 2019, a 133% jump from the same period last year. The post Galaxy Digital saw first three quarter net income surge by 133% in 2019 appeared first on The Block.

    Galaxy Digital, the cryptocurrency investment bank helmed by Mike Novogratz, pocketed $58.4 million in net income in the first three quarters of 2019, a 133% jump from the same period last year. The post Galaxy Digital saw first three quarter net income surge by 133% in 2019 appeared first on The Block.


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  • 29/79   Did Changing Sentiment Drive Safety Godown Company's (HKG:237) Share Price Down By 34%?
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    Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But if you try your hand...

    Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But if you try your hand...


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  • 30/79   Oil prices tumble ahead of OPEC meeting, global stocks fall
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    New York (AFP) - Oil prices tumbled Friday on expectations OPEC next week won't take aggressive action to boost oil prices, while global equities pulled back on trade war worries.

    New York (AFP) - Oil prices tumbled Friday on expectations OPEC next week won't take aggressive action to boost oil prices, while global equities pulled back on trade war worries.


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  • 31/79   UAE Diesel Genset Markets, 2015-2018 & 2019-2025
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    The "UAE Diesel Genset Market (2019-2025): Market Forecast By KVA Rating, By Verticals, By Regions, and Competitive Landscape" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

    The "UAE Diesel Genset Market (2019-2025): Market Forecast By KVA Rating, By Verticals, By Regions, and Competitive Landscape" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


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  • 32/79   Shanghai Prime Machinery Company Limited (HKG:2345): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?
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    If you're interested in Shanghai Prime Machinery Company Limited (HKG:2345), then you might want to consider its beta...

    If you're interested in Shanghai Prime Machinery Company Limited (HKG:2345), then you might want to consider its beta...


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  • 33/79   Massive search launched for ‘missing’ kite surfer who was at home the whole time
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    After the Coast Guard received a report that a kite surfer was stranded off of Ocean City, it turned out the man had actually made it home safely.

    After the Coast Guard received a report that a kite surfer was stranded off of Ocean City, it turned out the man had actually made it home safely.


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  • 34/79   Apple Reviews Policies After Maps App Gives Crimea to Russia
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    (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. is reviewing its mapping policies after the company was criticized for including Crimea as part of Russia in some versions of its Maps app.“We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result,” Apple said in a statement on Friday.Earlier this week, Ukrainian officials accused Apple of insensitivity for showing the Black Sea peninsula as part of Russia on Russian versions of the map software used on iPhones and iPads. They said the area is under Russian occupation and its sovereignty hasn’t changed. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, prompting international sanctions.Apple stressed that Crimea is only depicted that way in Russia because the company is complying with a local law. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has previously cited specific country laws when defending controversial political positions.The company recently removed the Taiwanese flag from the emoji keyboard on devices running in Hong Kong and Macau, after earlier pulling it from mainland China. It also came under fire for pulling a maps app in Hong Kong that the developer said was designed to help users avoid areas of protest. Apple said it was following local laws in both instances.Apple Services Censored in China Where Devices FlourishHere’s Apple’s full statement on Friday:“We would like to clarify for our customers around the world that we have not made any changes to Apple Maps regarding Crimea outside of Russia, where a new law went into effect that required us to update the map within Russia. We review international law as well as relevant US and other domestic laws before making a determination in labelling on our Maps and make changes if required by law. We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result. Our intention is to make sure our customers can enjoy using Maps and other Apple services, everywhere in the world.”Reuters reported the company’s comments earlier.To contact the reporter on this story: Alistair Barr in San Francisco at abarr18@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Michael Hytha, Anne VanderMeyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. is reviewing its mapping policies after the company was criticized for including Crimea as part of Russia in some versions of its Maps app.“We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result,” Apple said in a statement on Friday.Earlier this week, Ukrainian officials accused Apple of insensitivity for showing the Black Sea peninsula as part of Russia on Russian versions of the map software used on iPhones and iPads. They said the area is under Russian occupation and its sovereignty hasn’t changed. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, prompting international sanctions.Apple stressed that Crimea is only depicted that way in Russia because the company is complying with a local law. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has previously cited specific country laws when defending controversial political positions.The company recently removed the Taiwanese flag from the emoji keyboard on devices running in Hong Kong and Macau, after earlier pulling it from mainland China. It also came under fire for pulling a maps app in Hong Kong that the developer said was designed to help users avoid areas of protest. Apple said it was following local laws in both instances.Apple Services Censored in China Where Devices FlourishHere’s Apple’s full statement on Friday:“We would like to clarify for our customers around the world that we have not made any changes to Apple Maps regarding Crimea outside of Russia, where a new law went into effect that required us to update the map within Russia. We review international law as well as relevant US and other domestic laws before making a determination in labelling on our Maps and make changes if required by law. We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result. Our intention is to make sure our customers can enjoy using Maps and other Apple services, everywhere in the world.”Reuters reported the company’s comments earlier.To contact the reporter on this story: Alistair Barr in San Francisco at abarr18@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Michael Hytha, Anne VanderMeyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 35/79   MindHeart Lab Robotics Appoints Former Lexmark CEO, Rich Geruson, as Board Chair
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    MindHeart Lab ("MindHeart" or the "Company"), maker of the EduPal Robot Platform, is excited to welcome Rich Geruson, former CEO and President of global technology giant Lexmark International, Inc., to the Company's Board of Directors as Board Chair.

    MindHeart Lab ("MindHeart" or the "Company"), maker of the EduPal Robot Platform, is excited to welcome Rich Geruson, former CEO and President of global technology giant Lexmark International, Inc., to the Company's Board of Directors as Board Chair.


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  • 36/79   Volatility 101: Should Prada (HKG:1913) Shares Have Dropped 40%?
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    Prada S.p.A. (HKG:1913) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 29% in the last quarter. But over the...

    Prada S.p.A. (HKG:1913) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 29% in the last quarter. But over the...


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  • 37/79   Hong Kong Property Faces a Trust Deficit
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    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Hong Kong property companies, whose shares have been beaten down amid this year’s protests, are missing an opportunity to unlock value for shareholders. More should consider packaging their trophy assets into real estate investment trusts to release capital and improve the market’s view of their prospects.The Hang Seng Properties Index has slumped more than 17% from an April high as the unrest disrupted business, deterred home buyers and caused tourists and shoppers to stay away. The broader Hang Seng Index has lost 11%. Many real estate companies are trading at a steep discount to the value of their underlying assets.To understand why developers are trading at a discount, look at the ownership structure. Many are controlled by founding families, who are reluctant to part with their most prized properties. Take Hang Lung Properties Ltd., for example. Chairman Ronnie Chan owns more than half the company, which trades at a price-to-book ratio of 0.52 times.As a result of the reluctance to divest, companies end up acting essentially as landlords rather than developers, stunting the potential for growth. In effect, investors are participating in a bond-like structure by collecting rental income instead of achieving an equity-like return via property development and sales. Concern that Hong Kong is at the peak of a property cycle has also helped to depress valuations, with investors discounting developer shares to reflect the risk of a decline. Hang Lung’s price-to-book ratio has dropped from a peak of more than 1.8 times over the past decade as Hong Kong real estate prices surged.Spinning off rental properties into trusts, or REITs, could help to narrow the discount to net asset value. Such a maneuver would enable family-owned entities to retain control while generating capital from REIT offerings that could be redeployed into better-yielding projects. That in turn would raise return on equity, benefiting owners and investors. The parent company would enjoy higher growth prospects through a relatively asset light model while the REIT provides a steady income stream.Income taxes are the primary obstacle to expansion of Hong Kong’s REIT market. At the moment, Hong Kong property trusts are taxed like corporations at 16.5%. Singapore, by contrasts, grants a tax exemption to REITs holding both domestic and foreign properties as long as they pay out 90% of their income in dividends. In 2014, Hong Kong’s Financial Services Development Council urged the city’s authorities to stimulate the REIT market by introducing a tax break, so far to no avail.That discrepancy has helped Singapore to maintain its lead over Hong Kong as a center for REITs. Singapore, which issued its first property trust in 2002, has 43 now with total assets of $112 billion. Hong Kong’s first listing was Link REIT in 2015. Nine more have followed since, bringing total assets to $67 billion. No new REITs have been issued in Hong Kong since 2013; by contrast, Singapore has seen 11 listings in the past five years.Share performance has also been superior in the Southeast Asian city-state. The S&P Singapore REIT index has returned 25% this year, compared with less than 4% for its Hong Kong equivalent. The valuation gap is stark: Singapore REITs trade at about 1.1 times book, versus 0.6 times for Hong Kong.That might suggest that Hong Kong property companies have little to gain by packaging assets into trusts. Besides the tax issue, the discount may reflect that most REIT listings in Hong Kong to date haven’t included companies’ highest-quality properties. In any case, there’s another solution for the city’s developers: List their REITs in Singapore. That might even sway Hong Kong authorities into reconsidering their stance. To contact the author of this story: Ronald W. Chan at chartwellhk@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at mbrooker1@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Ronald W. Chan is the founder and CIO of Chartwell Capital in Hong Kong. He is the author of “The Value Investors” and “Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Hong Kong property companies, whose shares have been beaten down amid this year’s protests, are missing an opportunity to unlock value for shareholders. More should consider packaging their trophy assets into real estate investment trusts to release capital and improve the market’s view of their prospects.The Hang Seng Properties Index has slumped more than 17% from an April high as the unrest disrupted business, deterred home buyers and caused tourists and shoppers to stay away. The broader Hang Seng Index has lost 11%. Many real estate companies are trading at a steep discount to the value of their underlying assets.To understand why developers are trading at a discount, look at the ownership structure. Many are controlled by founding families, who are reluctant to part with their most prized properties. Take Hang Lung Properties Ltd., for example. Chairman Ronnie Chan owns more than half the company, which trades at a price-to-book ratio of 0.52 times.As a result of the reluctance to divest, companies end up acting essentially as landlords rather than developers, stunting the potential for growth. In effect, investors are participating in a bond-like structure by collecting rental income instead of achieving an equity-like return via property development and sales. Concern that Hong Kong is at the peak of a property cycle has also helped to depress valuations, with investors discounting developer shares to reflect the risk of a decline. Hang Lung’s price-to-book ratio has dropped from a peak of more than 1.8 times over the past decade as Hong Kong real estate prices surged.Spinning off rental properties into trusts, or REITs, could help to narrow the discount to net asset value. Such a maneuver would enable family-owned entities to retain control while generating capital from REIT offerings that could be redeployed into better-yielding projects. That in turn would raise return on equity, benefiting owners and investors. The parent company would enjoy higher growth prospects through a relatively asset light model while the REIT provides a steady income stream.Income taxes are the primary obstacle to expansion of Hong Kong’s REIT market. At the moment, Hong Kong property trusts are taxed like corporations at 16.5%. Singapore, by contrasts, grants a tax exemption to REITs holding both domestic and foreign properties as long as they pay out 90% of their income in dividends. In 2014, Hong Kong’s Financial Services Development Council urged the city’s authorities to stimulate the REIT market by introducing a tax break, so far to no avail.That discrepancy has helped Singapore to maintain its lead over Hong Kong as a center for REITs. Singapore, which issued its first property trust in 2002, has 43 now with total assets of $112 billion. Hong Kong’s first listing was Link REIT in 2015. Nine more have followed since, bringing total assets to $67 billion. No new REITs have been issued in Hong Kong since 2013; by contrast, Singapore has seen 11 listings in the past five years.Share performance has also been superior in the Southeast Asian city-state. The S&P Singapore REIT index has returned 25% this year, compared with less than 4% for its Hong Kong equivalent. The valuation gap is stark: Singapore REITs trade at about 1.1 times book, versus 0.6 times for Hong Kong.That might suggest that Hong Kong property companies have little to gain by packaging assets into trusts. Besides the tax issue, the discount may reflect that most REIT listings in Hong Kong to date haven’t included companies’ highest-quality properties. In any case, there’s another solution for the city’s developers: List their REITs in Singapore. That might even sway Hong Kong authorities into reconsidering their stance. To contact the author of this story: Ronald W. Chan at chartwellhk@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at mbrooker1@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Ronald W. Chan is the founder and CIO of Chartwell Capital in Hong Kong. He is the author of “The Value Investors” and “Behind the Berkshire Hathaway Curtain.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 38/79   Record $2.4 Trillion Bond Binge Is Threatening Investor Returns
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    (Bloomberg) -- An unprecedented frenzy of debt sales around the world is threatening to cool this year’s hot returns on corporate bonds.Companies have sold a record $2.43 trillion so far this year across currencies, surpassing previous full-year records. Investors rushed to snap up all this debt because they were desperate for yield as central banks cut rates. That has pushed up valuations.Now, some troubling signs for the direction of those valuations are converging. Recent data suggest that the worst may be over for the global economy, which means many central banks could have less reason next year to guide down borrowing costs. That will all make it harder to top the double-digit returns that some investors scored on corporate bonds this year.“Valuations are tight in parts of the market, meaning there is not much margin for error,” said Craig MacDonald, global head of fixed income at Aberdeen Standard Investments. There could be “fairly muted positive returns, if you miss the problem credits, rather than the very strong returns of this year,” he said.There are also some wild cards lurking: the ultimate course of U.S.-China trade talks, for starters. Signs of progress in the negotiations have buoyed financial markets in recent weeks, but political factors in the U.S. and China could make the path to any final agreement harder.Geopolitical risks including North Korea, which tested more missiles in recent days, could also lead to more volatility.Any shocks that pushed up financing costs would be of particular concern at weaker companies that have loaded up on debt. There are plenty such borrowers after bond issuance in Asia and Europe marched ahead at record pace this year, and U.S. debt sales remained high.“The low hanging fruits are gone after a year of strong rally,” said Angus Hui, head of Asian credit and emerging-market credit at Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd.\--With assistance from Tongjian Dong, Cormac Mullen and Alice Gledhill.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, Finbarr FlynnFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- An unprecedented frenzy of debt sales around the world is threatening to cool this year’s hot returns on corporate bonds.Companies have sold a record $2.43 trillion so far this year across currencies, surpassing previous full-year records. Investors rushed to snap up all this debt because they were desperate for yield as central banks cut rates. That has pushed up valuations.Now, some troubling signs for the direction of those valuations are converging. Recent data suggest that the worst may be over for the global economy, which means many central banks could have less reason next year to guide down borrowing costs. That will all make it harder to top the double-digit returns that some investors scored on corporate bonds this year.“Valuations are tight in parts of the market, meaning there is not much margin for error,” said Craig MacDonald, global head of fixed income at Aberdeen Standard Investments. There could be “fairly muted positive returns, if you miss the problem credits, rather than the very strong returns of this year,” he said.There are also some wild cards lurking: the ultimate course of U.S.-China trade talks, for starters. Signs of progress in the negotiations have buoyed financial markets in recent weeks, but political factors in the U.S. and China could make the path to any final agreement harder.Geopolitical risks including North Korea, which tested more missiles in recent days, could also lead to more volatility.Any shocks that pushed up financing costs would be of particular concern at weaker companies that have loaded up on debt. There are plenty such borrowers after bond issuance in Asia and Europe marched ahead at record pace this year, and U.S. debt sales remained high.“The low hanging fruits are gone after a year of strong rally,” said Angus Hui, head of Asian credit and emerging-market credit at Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd.\--With assistance from Tongjian Dong, Cormac Mullen and Alice Gledhill.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, Finbarr FlynnFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 39/79   What To Know Before Buying Samsonite International S.A. (HKG:1910) For Its Dividend
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    Today we'll take a closer look at Samsonite International S.A. (HKG:1910) from a dividend investor's perspective...

    Today we'll take a closer look at Samsonite International S.A. (HKG:1910) from a dividend investor's perspective...


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  • 40/79   Top Navy SEAL faces uncertain future after Trump intervention
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    The Navy's top SEAL could not have imagined that his effort to confront discipline issues would result in being publicly and repeatedly countermanded by the president of the United States. 

    The Navy's top SEAL could not have imagined that his effort to confront discipline issues would result in being publicly and repeatedly countermanded by the president of the United States. 


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  • 41/79   Kamala Harris suffers new blow as aide resigns with scathing letter: 'I've never seen staff treated so poorly'
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    A blistering resignation letter from a member of the Kamala Harris campaign paints a picture of low morale among staffers of a directionless campaign with "no real plan to win" ahead of the crucial Iowa caucus in 2020.According to the New York Times, the sentiments expressed in a letter from now-former state operations manager Kelly Mehlenbacher were corroborated by more than 50 current and former campaign staffers and allies, speaking largely on the condition of anonymity to disclose the campaign's many flaws and tactical errors, from focusing on the wrong states to targeting the wrong candidates, as a frustrated campaign staff draws closer to 2020 Democratic primaries, which at one point counted the California Senator as a likely star.

    A blistering resignation letter from a member of the Kamala Harris campaign paints a picture of low morale among staffers of a directionless campaign with "no real plan to win" ahead of the crucial Iowa caucus in 2020.According to the New York Times, the sentiments expressed in a letter from now-former state operations manager Kelly Mehlenbacher were corroborated by more than 50 current and former campaign staffers and allies, speaking largely on the condition of anonymity to disclose the campaign's many flaws and tactical errors, from focusing on the wrong states to targeting the wrong candidates, as a frustrated campaign staff draws closer to 2020 Democratic primaries, which at one point counted the California Senator as a likely star.


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  • 42/79   Italy’s ‘Miss Hitler’ Among 19 Investigated for Starting New Nazi Party in Italy
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    ROME–The tattoo of a shoulder-to-shoulder Nazi eagle above a swastika spanning the back of Francesca Rizzi leaves little to the imagination about her political ideology. The 36-year-old winner of an online beauty pageant in which she was crowned “Miss Hitler” was one of 19 people across Italy put under formal investigation this week for illegally forming a Nazi political party. Her co-collaborators include a 50-year-old female civil servant named Antonella Pavia from Padua who dubbed herself “Hitler’s Sergeant Major” and a former mobster from the Calabria ‘Ndrangheta mafia who was allegedly in charge of militant training.Italy’s anti-mafia and anti-terrorism forces spent two years investigating the group, which has ties to a number of other far-right clusters across Europe, including the U.K.’s Combat 18 and similar hate groups in Portugal, Spain and Greece.Armed special forces carried out the sting operation dubbed “Black Shadows” in 16 cities from Palermo to Milan Thursday morning after someone alerted “Miss Hitler” that police were monitoring the group. Fearful she and others involved might destroy or hide evidence, they swooped in. What they found was more than troubling. In 16 of the homes searched, they found similar caches of weapons including grenades and semi automatic rifles, explosives, Nazi and fascist memorabilia adorned with swastikas and the faces of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler along side militant training texts designed to teach new members how to target Jewish people and gays. Their party motto, “Invisible, Silent and Lethal,” was scrawled on the material. Prosecutors who led the investigation from Caltanissetta, Sicily, said Thursday that the suspects were creating “an openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic, anti Semitic group called the Italian National Socialst Workers’ Party.” Pavin posted a notice with the group’s logo on her Facebook page in July 2018 in which she said the group would start “military training” in August. Neo-Nazis’ Air-to-Air Missile: An Explosive New Clue to Salvini’s Intrigues With the RussiansForming a Fascist or Nazi party is against the law in Italy under post-World War II legislation that passed in 1952, as Italy was rebuilding itself from the ashes of Mussolini’s destructive decision to follow Hitler’s ideology. More than 7,500 Italian Jews died during the Holocaust. But a resurgence of these hate groups in recent months has become increasingly troubling. In November, 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and senator for life Liliana Segre, was put under armed police protection after receiving more than 200 anti-Semitic messages and death threats a day. Her name reportedly appeared in some of the hate messages found at the homes in Thursday’s raids. Last week, new street signs that had just been put up in in Rome dedicated to persecuted Italian Jews were desecrated. Mussolini’s Last Laugh: How Fascist Architecture Still Dominates RomeLast summer, police found a cache of weapons including a French-made air to air missile in the hands of two Nazi sympathizers in the northern town of Turin. It is not clear if they were part of this particular group. In November, Segre called for a parliamentary committee to combat hate, which passed even though Italy’s far-right former Interior minister Matteo Salvini’s Northern League party abstained from the vote. The arrests this week have uncovered an intricate network of hate across the country with group members communicating on a closed group called “Militia” on the Russian social networking service VK. Among the messages were calls for “mass castration and extinction” of Jews and gays. Police say they anticipate more arrests. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    ROME–The tattoo of a shoulder-to-shoulder Nazi eagle above a swastika spanning the back of Francesca Rizzi leaves little to the imagination about her political ideology. The 36-year-old winner of an online beauty pageant in which she was crowned “Miss Hitler” was one of 19 people across Italy put under formal investigation this week for illegally forming a Nazi political party. Her co-collaborators include a 50-year-old female civil servant named Antonella Pavia from Padua who dubbed herself “Hitler’s Sergeant Major” and a former mobster from the Calabria ‘Ndrangheta mafia who was allegedly in charge of militant training.Italy’s anti-mafia and anti-terrorism forces spent two years investigating the group, which has ties to a number of other far-right clusters across Europe, including the U.K.’s Combat 18 and similar hate groups in Portugal, Spain and Greece.Armed special forces carried out the sting operation dubbed “Black Shadows” in 16 cities from Palermo to Milan Thursday morning after someone alerted “Miss Hitler” that police were monitoring the group. Fearful she and others involved might destroy or hide evidence, they swooped in. What they found was more than troubling. In 16 of the homes searched, they found similar caches of weapons including grenades and semi automatic rifles, explosives, Nazi and fascist memorabilia adorned with swastikas and the faces of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler along side militant training texts designed to teach new members how to target Jewish people and gays. Their party motto, “Invisible, Silent and Lethal,” was scrawled on the material. Prosecutors who led the investigation from Caltanissetta, Sicily, said Thursday that the suspects were creating “an openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic, anti Semitic group called the Italian National Socialst Workers’ Party.” Pavin posted a notice with the group’s logo on her Facebook page in July 2018 in which she said the group would start “military training” in August. Neo-Nazis’ Air-to-Air Missile: An Explosive New Clue to Salvini’s Intrigues With the RussiansForming a Fascist or Nazi party is against the law in Italy under post-World War II legislation that passed in 1952, as Italy was rebuilding itself from the ashes of Mussolini’s destructive decision to follow Hitler’s ideology. More than 7,500 Italian Jews died during the Holocaust. But a resurgence of these hate groups in recent months has become increasingly troubling. In November, 89-year-old Holocaust survivor and senator for life Liliana Segre, was put under armed police protection after receiving more than 200 anti-Semitic messages and death threats a day. Her name reportedly appeared in some of the hate messages found at the homes in Thursday’s raids. Last week, new street signs that had just been put up in in Rome dedicated to persecuted Italian Jews were desecrated. Mussolini’s Last Laugh: How Fascist Architecture Still Dominates RomeLast summer, police found a cache of weapons including a French-made air to air missile in the hands of two Nazi sympathizers in the northern town of Turin. It is not clear if they were part of this particular group. In November, Segre called for a parliamentary committee to combat hate, which passed even though Italy’s far-right former Interior minister Matteo Salvini’s Northern League party abstained from the vote. The arrests this week have uncovered an intricate network of hate across the country with group members communicating on a closed group called “Militia” on the Russian social networking service VK. Among the messages were calls for “mass castration and extinction” of Jews and gays. Police say they anticipate more arrests. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 43/79   Tens of thousands rally in Europe, Asia before UN climate summit
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    Tens of thousands of protesters, primarily in Europe and Asia, hit the streets on Friday to make a fresh call for action against global warming, hoping to raise pressure on world leaders days before a UN climate summit.  Carrying signs that read 'One planet, one fight' and 'The sea is rising, so must we', thousands flocked to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate for the latest 'Fridays for Future' protest inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg.  In total, about 630,000 people demonstrated across more than 500 cities in Germany, the Fridays for Future movement said.

    Tens of thousands of protesters, primarily in Europe and Asia, hit the streets on Friday to make a fresh call for action against global warming, hoping to raise pressure on world leaders days before a UN climate summit. Carrying signs that read 'One planet, one fight' and 'The sea is rising, so must we', thousands flocked to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate for the latest 'Fridays for Future' protest inspired by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg. In total, about 630,000 people demonstrated across more than 500 cities in Germany, the Fridays for Future movement said.


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  • 44/79   Inmate wanted by ICE released on bail. He was arrested weeks later for attempted murder
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    A 2019 Colorado law bars law enforcement officials in the state from holding a person based only on a request from ICE.

    A 2019 Colorado law bars law enforcement officials in the state from holding a person based only on a request from ICE.


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  • 45/79   New Intelligence Report Shows That Iran's Missiles Are Serious Business
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    Should the U.S. military be worried?

    Should the U.S. military be worried?


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  • 46/79   Forty years on, New Zealand apologizes for Antarctic plane disaster
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    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government's handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country's worst peacetime disaster.  On 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand flight 901 was on a sightseeing tour from Auckland when it crashed into the side of Mount Erebus, a 3,794 meter (12,448 ft) volcano near the U.S. Antarctic research base of McMurdo Station.  Originally the crash was blamed on the pilots, but following a public outcry, a Royal Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the disaster.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government's handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country's worst peacetime disaster. On 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand flight 901 was on a sightseeing tour from Auckland when it crashed into the side of Mount Erebus, a 3,794 meter (12,448 ft) volcano near the U.S. Antarctic research base of McMurdo Station. Originally the crash was blamed on the pilots, but following a public outcry, a Royal Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the disaster.


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  • 47/79   A convicted German murderer won the right to have all mention of his crime scrubbed from internet search results under 'right to be forgotten' laws
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    The man finished a life sentence in 2002 for shooting dead two people in 1981. He told the court he wants to live his new life free from his past.

    The man finished a life sentence in 2002 for shooting dead two people in 1981. He told the court he wants to live his new life free from his past.


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  • 48/79   Founders wanted a powerful president
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    Many on the left have made it their mission to hinder and undermine Trump's government: Opposing view

    Many on the left have made it their mission to hinder and undermine Trump's government: Opposing view


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  • 49/79   US cryptocurrency promoter charged after advising North Korea
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    A prominent American cryptocurrency promoter and former hacker was charged with sanctions violations Friday after he allegedly advised North Korea on using virtual money to avoid international controls.  Virgil Griffith, 36, who lives in Singapore and works for the blockchain and cryptocurrency developer Ethereum, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, the Justice Department said.

    A prominent American cryptocurrency promoter and former hacker was charged with sanctions violations Friday after he allegedly advised North Korea on using virtual money to avoid international controls. Virgil Griffith, 36, who lives in Singapore and works for the blockchain and cryptocurrency developer Ethereum, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, the Justice Department said.


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  • 50/79   Massive black hole that 'should not even exist' has been discovered
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    A black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the Sun was discovered, leaving scientists stunned.  'Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our Galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,' Professor Jifeng Liu, who led the team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that made the discovery, said in a statement.  Scientists previously believed that the mass of an individual stellar black hole could not be more than 20 times that of the Sun. These stellar black holes are different than so-called supermassive black holes, which are found at the center of galaxies and can be billions of times the mass of our Sun.

    A black hole with a mass 70 times greater than the Sun was discovered, leaving scientists stunned. 'Black holes of such mass should not even exist in our Galaxy, according to most of the current models of stellar evolution,' Professor Jifeng Liu, who led the team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that made the discovery, said in a statement. Scientists previously believed that the mass of an individual stellar black hole could not be more than 20 times that of the Sun. These stellar black holes are different than so-called supermassive black holes, which are found at the center of galaxies and can be billions of times the mass of our Sun.


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  • 51/79   NASA's plans for the 2020s include landing humans on the Moon, detecting quakes on Mars, and defending Earth from deadly asteroids
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    One year ago, NASA announced it would send astronauts back to the moon. Since then, new spacecraft and telescopes have filled its plans for the 2020s.

    One year ago, NASA announced it would send astronauts back to the moon. Since then, new spacecraft and telescopes have filled its plans for the 2020s.


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  • 52/79   18-year-old with pilot's license is 'certified' for space. She wants to go to Mars
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    For Alyssa Carson, colonizing Mars is just the first step in saving the human race.

    For Alyssa Carson, colonizing Mars is just the first step in saving the human race.


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  • 53/79   A network of cables at the bottom of the ocean is helping scientists detect earthquakes
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    The cables detected a new fault system near the San Andreas Fault, which runs along the California coast.

    The cables detected a new fault system near the San Andreas Fault, which runs along the California coast.


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  • 54/79   18,000-year-old puppy discovered in Siberia could be missing link between dogs and wolves
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    An 18,000-year-old puppy unearthed in Siberia could prove to be the missing link between dogs and wolves, scientists believe.  The puppy was discovered perfectly preserved by permafrost near Yakutsk, eastern Siberia last summer and carbon dating has revealed it has been frozen for around 18,000 years.   Researchers at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, Sweden announced this week that extensive DNA tests have so far been unable to confirm whether the animal was a dog or a wolf.  The experts believe this may be because the canine comes from the period when dogs were domesticated and hope the creature will prove crucial to uncovering when exactly the evolution began.   "It's normally relatively easy to tell the difference between the two," researcher David Stanton told CNN. Dogor was so well-preserved because he was found in a tunnel that was dug into the permafrost "We have a lot of data from it already, and with that amount of data, you'd expect to tell if it was one or the other. The fact that we can't might suggest that it's from a population that was ancestral to both - to dogs and wolves". A 2017 study published in the journal Nature Communications suggested that modern dogs were domesticated from a single wolf population 20,000 to 40,000 years ago but tests on this specimen could offer further clues as to the precise period. "We don't know exactly when dogs were domesticated, but it may have been from about that time. We are interested in whether it is in fact a dog or a wolf, or perhaps it's something halfway between the two," Mr Stanton added. Scientists believe some modern dogs descended from just one wolf population that lived continuously in Europe for thousands of years.  If confirmed to be a dog, scientists believe it will be the earliest confirmed "It seems that dogs were domesticated from a lineage of wolves that went  extinct," said Mr Stanton. "So that's why it's such a difficult problem to work on to understand where and when dogs were domesticated." The researchers' genome analysis has revealed that the puppy was a male so the scientists, after discussing with their Russian colleagues, have named the puppy 'Dogor'. The name means "friend" in Yakutian - as well as referencing the question "dog or wolf?" The scientists hope that further genome data tests on the creature will reveal more about Dogor's origins. Photographs released by the Centre for Palaeogenetics show the puppy in an almost perfect condition, with its nose, whiskers and teeth remarkably intact. Dogor can be seen almost completely covered in fur except for an exposed rib cage.  Dogor was discovered in a remote part of north-east Siberia and is so well-preserved because it was found in a tunnel that was dug into the permafrost. He was later sent to Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit for dating, which revealed that the corpse dated back at least 18,000 years, meaning Dogor would have lived during the last Ice Age. He is being kept in Russia while, in Sweden, Mr Stanton and his colleague Love Dalen study his rib bone.

    An 18,000-year-old puppy unearthed in Siberia could prove to be the missing link between dogs and wolves, scientists believe.  The puppy was discovered perfectly preserved by permafrost near Yakutsk, eastern Siberia last summer and carbon dating has revealed it has been frozen for around 18,000 years.   Researchers at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, Sweden announced this week that extensive DNA tests have so far been unable to confirm whether the animal was a dog or a wolf.  The experts believe this may be because the canine comes from the period when dogs were domesticated and hope the creature will prove crucial to uncovering when exactly the evolution began.   "It's normally relatively easy to tell the difference between the two," researcher David Stanton told CNN. Dogor was so well-preserved because he was found in a tunnel that was dug into the permafrost "We have a lot of data from it already, and with that amount of data, you'd expect to tell if it was one or the other. The fact that we can't might suggest that it's from a population that was ancestral to both - to dogs and wolves". A 2017 study published in the journal Nature Communications suggested that modern dogs were domesticated from a single wolf population 20,000 to 40,000 years ago but tests on this specimen could offer further clues as to the precise period. "We don't know exactly when dogs were domesticated, but it may have been from about that time. We are interested in whether it is in fact a dog or a wolf, or perhaps it's something halfway between the two," Mr Stanton added. Scientists believe some modern dogs descended from just one wolf population that lived continuously in Europe for thousands of years.  If confirmed to be a dog, scientists believe it will be the earliest confirmed "It seems that dogs were domesticated from a lineage of wolves that went  extinct," said Mr Stanton. "So that's why it's such a difficult problem to work on to understand where and when dogs were domesticated." The researchers' genome analysis has revealed that the puppy was a male so the scientists, after discussing with their Russian colleagues, have named the puppy 'Dogor'. The name means "friend" in Yakutian - as well as referencing the question "dog or wolf?" The scientists hope that further genome data tests on the creature will reveal more about Dogor's origins. Photographs released by the Centre for Palaeogenetics show the puppy in an almost perfect condition, with its nose, whiskers and teeth remarkably intact. Dogor can be seen almost completely covered in fur except for an exposed rib cage.  Dogor was discovered in a remote part of north-east Siberia and is so well-preserved because it was found in a tunnel that was dug into the permafrost. He was later sent to Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit for dating, which revealed that the corpse dated back at least 18,000 years, meaning Dogor would have lived during the last Ice Age. He is being kept in Russia while, in Sweden, Mr Stanton and his colleague Love Dalen study his rib bone.


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  • 55/79   Blue Origin’s expansion plans rush ahead at its Seattle-area HQ — and in Los Angeles
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    KENT, Wash. — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is rapidly expanding on several fronts, ranging from its headquarters facility south of Seattle to a new beachhead in the Los Angeles area — within the orbit of its main competitor, Elon Musk's SpaceX. Just three and a half years ago, Blue Origin's workforce amounted to 600 employees, and even then, Bezos said his company's 300,000-square-foot office and production facility in Kent was "busting out of the seams." Now the employee count is at around 2,500, heading toward 3,500 in the next year. That's according to a report from… Read More

    KENT, Wash. — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is rapidly expanding on several fronts, ranging from its headquarters facility south of Seattle to a new beachhead in the Los Angeles area — within the orbit of its main competitor, Elon Musk's SpaceX. Just three and a half years ago, Blue Origin's workforce amounted to 600 employees, and even then, Bezos said his company's 300,000-square-foot office and production facility in Kent was "busting out of the seams." Now the employee count is at around 2,500, heading toward 3,500 in the next year. That's according to a report from… Read More


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  • 56/79   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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  • 57/79   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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  • 58/79   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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  • 59/79   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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  • 60/79   Feds: U.S. Programmer Virgil Griffith Helped Sell N. Korea on Cryptocurrency
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    Jack Taylor/GettyA former computer hacker who styles himself as a corruption-buster has been charged with flouting U.S. law to give North Korea advice on evading American sanctions by using cryptocurrency.Virgil Griffith, 36, was once dubbed an “internet man of mystery” by The New York Times. He has an Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology and works for Eretheum, which produces a digital currency token that’s a rival to Bitcoin.According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, Griffith sought permission from U.S. authorities to attend the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference in North Korea in April.He was denied but allegedly went anyway and recruited others to travel to North Korea to aid the government there, as well.The Justice Department alleges that, while giving a presentation titled “Blockchain and Peace,” Griffith described how North Korea could “launder money and evade sanctions” and “use these technologies to achieve independence from the global banking system.” Griffith—an American citizen who has been living in Singapore—hoped the cryptocurrency made by his own company, unnamed in the complaint, would be North Korea’s choice, the feds charged.The North Korean regime allegedly approved his talk. Governments across the world, including the United States, have largely shut the country out over human rights abuses and efforts to build nuclear weapons. Prior the conference, Griffith allegedly exchanged messages with an associate about North Korea’s potential use cryptocurrency that appear to demonstrate he knew the illegality of what he was doing.“I need to send 1 unit of [Cryptocurrency-1, which belonged to Griffith’s company] between North and South Korea,” he wrote.“Isn’t that avoiding sanctions,” his associate asked.“It is,” Griffith wrote, according to the complaint.He was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Thanksgiving Day and arraigned Friday. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted. An Alabama native, Griffith reportedly became a hacker in college then invented WikiScanner, which exposes anonymous edits to Wikipedia entries, after graduation.A website that appears to belong to him, but which has not been updated since 2016, says: “My goals are to expose corruption, curb abuses of power, and with ‘gloves off’ ensure the digital age never becomes a digital dystopia.”The magazine, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly called Griffith’s arrest “an attack on all of us.”“Yes, we are biased because we know this person and his motivations, which align with hacker culture: explaining tech, visiting weird places, & being honest. These are not crimes in our eyes,” it said in a tweet.2600 editor Emmanuel Goldstein said in a tweet that Griffith did not believe he had done anything wrong.“Crap. He insisted on going to the @FBI and telling the truth w/o a lawyer. I kept warning him it was a trap. What's ironic is that afterwards, he was convinced they totally got where he was coming from,” he wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Jack Taylor/GettyA former computer hacker who styles himself as a corruption-buster has been charged with flouting U.S. law to give North Korea advice on evading American sanctions by using cryptocurrency.Virgil Griffith, 36, was once dubbed an “internet man of mystery” by The New York Times. He has an Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology and works for Eretheum, which produces a digital currency token that’s a rival to Bitcoin.According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, Griffith sought permission from U.S. authorities to attend the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference in North Korea in April.He was denied but allegedly went anyway and recruited others to travel to North Korea to aid the government there, as well.The Justice Department alleges that, while giving a presentation titled “Blockchain and Peace,” Griffith described how North Korea could “launder money and evade sanctions” and “use these technologies to achieve independence from the global banking system.” Griffith—an American citizen who has been living in Singapore—hoped the cryptocurrency made by his own company, unnamed in the complaint, would be North Korea’s choice, the feds charged.The North Korean regime allegedly approved his talk. Governments across the world, including the United States, have largely shut the country out over human rights abuses and efforts to build nuclear weapons. Prior the conference, Griffith allegedly exchanged messages with an associate about North Korea’s potential use cryptocurrency that appear to demonstrate he knew the illegality of what he was doing.“I need to send 1 unit of [Cryptocurrency-1, which belonged to Griffith’s company] between North and South Korea,” he wrote.“Isn’t that avoiding sanctions,” his associate asked.“It is,” Griffith wrote, according to the complaint.He was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Thanksgiving Day and arraigned Friday. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted. An Alabama native, Griffith reportedly became a hacker in college then invented WikiScanner, which exposes anonymous edits to Wikipedia entries, after graduation.A website that appears to belong to him, but which has not been updated since 2016, says: “My goals are to expose corruption, curb abuses of power, and with ‘gloves off’ ensure the digital age never becomes a digital dystopia.”The magazine, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly called Griffith’s arrest “an attack on all of us.”“Yes, we are biased because we know this person and his motivations, which align with hacker culture: explaining tech, visiting weird places, & being honest. These are not crimes in our eyes,” it said in a tweet.2600 editor Emmanuel Goldstein said in a tweet that Griffith did not believe he had done anything wrong.“Crap. He insisted on going to the @FBI and telling the truth w/o a lawyer. I kept warning him it was a trap. What's ironic is that afterwards, he was convinced they totally got where he was coming from,” he wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 61/79   Two Dead in London Bridge Terror Attack, Police Say: U.K. Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Two people were killed in a terrorist attack in the heart of London on Friday. Three others were injured in the stabbing incident just before 2 p.m. in the London Bridge area, on the edge of the capital’s financial center. Members of the public wrestled with the suspect before armed police shot him dead.Confirming that two people had died, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the “extraordinary courage” of those who tackled the man. Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke away from the general election campaign to rush back to his Downing Street offices, and will chair an emergency “Cobra” meeting this evening.Key Developments:Police shoot dead male terror suspect after stabbing in London Bridge at about 2 p.m.Two civilians killed in the attack, three being treated in hospital, police saidOfficers say suspect had a hoax bomb strapped to his bodyJohnson returned from his constituency to Number 10 for updates on incident; will chair emergency ‘Cobra’ meeting at 9:30 p.m.Labour suspends election campaigning in London on FridaySecurity strengthened around British capital, with more armed police deployed after terrorist attackPolice Trying to Identity Victims (8:25 p.m.)Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said officers are still working to identify the people killed in Friday’s terrorist attack and that three others are being treated in the hospital. ‘Our counter-terrorists detectives will be working around the clock to identify those who have lost their lives, to support all the victims and their families,” she said.“We will be working as fast as we can to understand who this man is, where he comes from and whether there is anyone else who we need to find quickly,” Dick said. She said she expects police cordons to remain in the area “for some time.”Dick said the attack started at Fishmonger’s Hall, a livery company building on the north side of London Bridge, and said members of the public had shown “extraordinary courage stepping in to tackle this attacker.”U.K. Police Confirm Two Dead (8:15 p.m.)U.K. police confirmed two members of the public died in the terror attack on London Bridge. “As well as the suspect, who was shot dead by police, two of those injured in this attack in the London Bridge area have tragically lost their lives,” Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police commissioner, said in a statement outside the London police service’s headquarters.“My heart goes out to their loved ones and to the three further injured victims who I understand are being treated at hospital,” she said. “The empty ideology of terror offers nothing but terror and today I urge everybody to reject that.”Johnson Cancels Saturday Campaign Events (7:50 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled his planned events for campaigning in the election on Saturday, a Tory official said. He will focus instead on the government’s response to the London Bridge attack.The premier will lead a meeting of the government’s emergency “Cobra” committee at 9:30 p.m., his office said. He called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss the incident earlier on Friday.Labour Suspends London Campaigning (6:50 p.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suspended his party’s campaigning in London for Friday evening as he called on the U.K.’s “democratic process not to be derailed by terror.”“We are suspending campaigning in London tonight as a mark of respect for those who suffered in this attack,” Corbyn said in an emailed statement. “We will not be cowed by those who threaten us. We must and we will stand together to reject hatred and division.”Earlier Conservative leader Boris Johnson suspended his own campaigning for Friday evening.Two People Dead After Attack: BBC (6:36 p.m.)Two members of the public have died after the London Bridge attack, the BBC reported, citing a government source.Earlier the police said several people had been injured during the stabbing at a premises near London Bridge. A spokeswoman for the Met Police was unable to confirm the report.Johnson Praises Civilians Who Stopped Attacker (5:45 p.m.)Boris Johnson vowed to bring all involved in the attack to justice, promising the U.K. will not be intimidated by terrorism.“Anybody involved in this crime and these attacks will be hunted down and will be brought to justice,” Johnson said in a pooled TV clip. “This country will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack, and our values -- our British values -- will prevail.”Johnson said he would stop his own campaigning this evening and he would be reviewing the matter in the next few hours. In the middle of the 2017 election, campaigning was suspended across all parties after a terrorist attack.“I urge everyone to be vigilant and one cannot help but think back to what happened in 2017 in a similar part of the city, and I hope people as fast as possible will be able to go back to their business,” he said.Mayor Urges Londoners to ‘Stand Resolute’ (4:55 p.m.)Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called on his city to “stand united and resolute in the face of terror” in the aftermath of the “cowardly and evil” attack.Khan praised the “breathtaking heroism from members of the public who literally ran towards the danger, not knowing what confronted them.” he said they didn’t know the bomb strapped to the suspect was a hoax. “They really are the best of us, another example of the bravery and heroism of ordinary Londoners running towards danger, risking their own personal safety to try and save others,” he said.“I’m mayor of the greatest city in the world -- one of our strengths is our diversity,” he told journalists outside the Metropolitan Police headquarters. “We do know there are people out there who hate our diversity, who hate what we stand for and are trying to seek to divide us.”Khan said the attack on London Bridge “appeared to be an isolated incident,” and the police aren’t looking for any other suspects.Trump Pledges Support to U.K. (4:40 p.m.)U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the violence on London Bridge and offered his country’s full support, a spokesman said.“President Trump has been briefed on this morning’s attack at the London Bridge and is monitoring the situation,” said Judd Deere, deputy press secretary at the White House. “The United States strongly condemns all horrific acts of violence on innocent people, and we pledge our full support to our Ally, the United Kingdom.”Trump is due to visit the U.K. next week for a NATO summit.Police: London Bridge Attack Was Terrorism (4:24 p.m.)U.K. police confirmed they had shot dead one male suspect and declared the attack a terrorist incident. “I’m now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident,” said Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, in a statement outside the London police service’s headquarters. “I must stress we retain an open mind as to any motive. It would be inappropriate to speculate further at this time.”He added the police believe the item strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax explosive device.Police Ordered Diners to Flee (4 p.m.)The streets around London Bridge were locked down and armed police cleared restaurants and shops in the area. Officers are treating the incident as terror-related “as a precaution,” although the circumstances are still unclear, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.During the incident on Friday, armed officers burst into restaurants in the Borough Market area at London Bridge and urged diners to leave as fast as possible. They shouted “Out, out, out,” to people at the Black and Blue bar. Diners walked away with their hands on their heads. Nearby, police shouted to pedestrians to “run.”Officers closed off the bridge and evacuated passers-by from the surrounding area. On the north bank of the River Thames, police officers shouted to pedestrians to move back from the bridge 100 meters, and then urged them to take shelter in any nearby building, shouting: “Move inside for your own safety.”Incident Revives Memories of 2017 Attack (3:45 p.m.)The same area of London was the scene of a terrorist attack just a few days before the general election in June 2017 in which eight people were killed and 48 injured. Three Islamist terrorists drove a van at pedestrians on the bridge before arming themselves with knives and running into Borough Market, where they stabbed people in restaurants and pubs. Armed police responded and killed the attackers.Johnson returning to Central London (3:35 p.m.)Boris Johnson is returning to his office in central London after police shot a man at London Bridge and a number of people were injured.“The prime minister is on his way back to No 10 from his constituency where he will receive further updates on the London Bridge incident,” Johnson’s spokesman James Slack said in a statement.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also expressed his concern. “Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident. Thank you to the police and emergency services who are responding,” he said on Twitter.Johnson Being Kept Updated on London Incident (3:10 p.m.)Boris Johnson said he’s being kept informed about the unfolding incident at London Bridge, in which there have been reports of gunshots and stabbings. Police said they are “currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.”Armed police locked down the bridge and evacuated the area. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that after being called to a stabbing at a premises nearby, they had detained one man. A number of people have been injured, they said.“I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response,” Johnson said on Twitter.Home Secretary Priti Patel also posted on Twitter, saying she’s “very concerned by ongoing incident at London Bridge. My thoughts are with all affected.” She urged people to follow the advice of the police. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he’s in “close contact” with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.Corbyn in Fresh Attack on Billionaires (12:45 p.m.)Jeremy Corbyn opened a new broadside on billionaires opposing his plans for a re-distributive socialist economy after The Daily Mail and General Trust bought the i newspaper in a 50 million pound deal ($64.5 million).“Two billionaire press barons now own half of the top 10 daily newspapers,” Corbyn said in a posting on Twitter. “Remember this when they attack Labour’s plan to make the super-rich pay their fair share.”“We are committed to preserving its distinctive, high quality and politically independent editorial style,” DMGT said in a statement on its acquisition of the i newspaper.Free Trade Group Attacks State Aid Proposals (12:20 p.m.)The Adam Smith Institute, a think tank aimed at promoting free trade which had close links with former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said it was disappointed with Boris Johnson’s plan to change state aid rules and procurement provisions to make it easier to support British companies, calling it a “form of Trumpian protectionism.”“We shouldn’t free ourselves from the European Union in order to just enslave ourselves to the whims of Whitehall,” said Matthew Lesh, head of research at the Adam Smith Institute. “Making a profit is a proof of the value added to society, and there must be no business that is too big to fail.”Tories Pledge Tougher Foreign Takeover Rules (12:05 p.m.)The Conservatives plan to strengthen protections against foreign takeovers of British companies, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said, in answer to a question about Chinese investment in the U.K.“We certainly don’t believe that the current provisions which are in place are robust enough,” Gove said at a press conference. He said he’s undertaken to “strengthen” a unit in his department that examines foreign takeovers, and “strengthen protections in the future.”Speaking alongside him, Boris Johnson agreed, before saying the country must strike a “balance” between “continuing to be open to investment from China” and making sure the U.K. doesn’t do anything “that prejudices our critical national infrastructure, our security, or do anything that would compromise our ability to cooperate with five-eyes security partners.”“Those are the parameters,” Johnson said. “I am very, very far from a Sinophobe. I want to have good relations with China, but there are clear difficulties and clear boundaries that we have to set.”U.K.’s No-Deal Preparations to Continue (12 p.m.)Boris Johnson confirmed the U.K. will continue to make preparations for a disorderly exit from the European Union. “Of course the preparations will remain extant,” he said. “There’s no reason to dismantle them.”He described the preparations which he put in place prior to the Oct. 31 deadline as being “thoroughly useful” in achieving the deal made with the EU, as it convinced Brussels the U.K. was “in earnest” about leaving.Johnson said he is confident of completing a deal with the EU by the end of 2020 and “sees no reason” to extend that deadline, meaning the U.K. crashing out without a deal is still a possibility.State Aid Plan Compatible With EU: Johnson (11:50 a.m.)Taking questions from the press after his speech, Boris Johnson said that “of course” the U.K.’s new state aid rules (see 11:35 a.m.) would be compatible with those of the European Union, dismissing the idea that they could endanger a new free trade deal with the bloc.“Were there to be any issues arising, then as you know, under any big free trade deal, there’s a joint committee to arbitrate on whether some unfair subsidy or dispensation has been made,” Johnson said. “But it would be a committee of sovereign equals.”Johnson later said he believed in competition and in a “level playing field.”Tories Vow to Change Public Procurement (11:40 a.m)The Tories vowed to break away from EU state aid rules that the party said have a “chilling effect” on government support for industry, because of the need to wait for “months or years” for decisions on whether measures by member states are permissible or not.Existing rules “mean that the U.K. government cannot take steps to quickly and effectively help companies that are in danger,” the Conservative Party said in the statement. New rules will be developed in consultation with British businesses, it said.The Tories promised a new state aid system that sets out clear principles when the government will intervene, based on the U.K.’s needs. Ministers will have “more discretion” over decisions, which they will be able to take within “days.” A new government body would be set up to manage the system, the party said.On public procurement, the Tories pledged to ditch “absurdly complex” EU rules with their “pointless tendering requirements.” It also promised “simpler and cheaper” regulations that are “geared towards supporting local business and promoting British business.” The new system will be in place by Jan. 2021.Tories Announce State Aid Plans (11:35 a.m.)The Conservatives unveiled a package of measures that they described as “immediate steps to realize the benefits of Brexit,” including a pledge to overhaul the country’s state aid system to make it “faster and easier for the government to intervene to protect jobs when an industry is in trouble.”A Tory government will also change public procurement policy to support local businesses and promote a “buy British” approach for public bodies that purchase food, in an effort to back farmers, the party said in an email.“People voted to take back control -- and we want to deliver that change,” Johnson said in a statement. “One of the crucial ways we will do that is by improving our rules so that we can back British businesses and unleash their true potential.”Stuart Tells Labour Voters to Back Johnson (11:30 a.m.)Gisela Stuart, the former Labour MP who helped run the Leave campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum, urged traditional Labour voters to back the Conservatives in what she called the Dec. 12 “Brexit election.”“Voting for Brexit this time does not make me a Tory now or in the future,” Stuart said as she stood alongside Johnson and Michael Gove. “Rather, it is the best option.”Labour Step Up Pressure Over Johnson Comments (10:40 a.m.)Labour criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson over past remarks he made about single mothers in a column from the 1990s (See 10 a.m.)“Boris Johnson’s refusal to apologize for his hateful comments about single mothers, their children and working class men is an absolute disgrace,” Labour’s education spokeswoman, Angela Rayner, who has herself been a single mother, said in a statement. “He tried to deny what he wrote, but the evidence is there in black and white for us all to see, proving once again that he’s a liar as well as a sexist.”Johnson Signals to Trump to Stay Quiet (10:15 a.m.)Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. next week, Boris Johnson said the two allies “traditionally” do not get involved in each others’ domestic politics -- an apparent signal to the U.S. president not to say anything that could potentially undermine the Conservative Party’s election campaign.“We have very close relationships with the United States at every level of government, but what we don’t do traditionally -- as loving allies and friends -- is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” Johnson told LBC radio.The comment comes amid Tory party fears of an intervention by the president in the run-up to the Dec. 12 vote. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is using Johnson’s links to the president and pursuit of a post-Brexit U.S. trade as a central attack line in the campaign, especially on the potential dangers to Britain’s state-run National Health Service.Johnson pointed out that former President Barack Obama’s intervention in the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign didn’t help the government’s argument for staying in the European Union. Obama’s comments were “not entirely conducive to the good of that cause,” he said.Johnson Under Fire for Controversial Comments (10 a.m.)Boris Johnson said the quotation of comments from his newspaper columns about Muslims, black people and single mothers were a “distortion” of his true views. In a 1995 article republished this week, he blamed single mothers for “producing a generation of ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children.”“These are 25 year old quotations culled from articles written before I was even in politics,” Johnson said in response to an angry call from a single mother to a phone-in on LBC. “Almost invariably when you look at these articles what the actual piece is saying the opposite of what is claimed.” Johnson also refused to say how many children he has and whether he is involved in all of their lives.The description of single mothers was not the first time Johnson’s comments have attracted condemnation. He has previously come under fire for referring to black people as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles,” while last year he used the terms “bank robber” and “letterbox” to describe Muslim women who wear burqas.Johnson also refused to say whether Jacob Rees-Mogg would still be in his cabinet if he wins the election after the leader of the House of Commons suggested people could have survived the Grenfell Tower fire if they’d shown “common sense” to escape. “I’m not going to get into measuring up the curtains type conversations,” Johnson said.Johnson Defends Tory Plans on NHS (9:40 a.m.)During his Q&A appearance on LBC radio, Boris Johnson was repeatedly challenged on his Conservative Party’s plans for the National Health Service. He acknowledged that a pledge to add 50,000 nurses actually includes persuading 19,000 to stay in the profession -- a discrepancy that opposition parties have said shows the Tories are misleading voters.“I do understand the controversy about this,” Johnson said, referring to the 19,000 figure. “The risk is that they will leave the profession and we’re putting in the funds to ensure they will stay.”Britain’s beloved state-run NHS is a key battleground in the election campaign after Labour accused Johnson of using it as a bargaining chip in talks with the U.S. on a post-Brexit trade deal. The prime minister reiterated on Friday that’s not the case, calling it “Bermuda Triangle stuff” from Corbyn’s party.Johnson was also on the back foot over his widely disputed plan to build 40 new hospitals, with opposition parties arguing the real number is only six. The prime minister was forced to acknowledge that some voters will not regard hospital refurbishments and upgrades as new hospitals. He also said the Conservative manifesto does not include a plan to resolve the crisis in social care because the precise details have not been “thrashed out” -- despite it being a key pledge in his first speech as prime minister.Johnson: Working on ‘About a Dozen’ Trade Deals (9:15 a.m.)Boris Johnson could not give a figure for how many trade deals the U.K. has ready ahead of its departure from the EU. “I can’t give the answer to how many deals are actually formalized,” he said in a phone-in with listeners on LBC radio. “There are a number that are virtually ready to go.”“I imagine we have about a dozen we’re currently working on,” he said, naming China, India, New Zealand and Australia as examples.If his Conservative Party wins a working majority, the U.K. will leave the EU on Jan. 31, Johnson said. A trade deal will also be agreed with the bloc by the end of 2020, he said: “I see no reason to go beyond that deadline,” he told listeners.Williamson Denies Tory Threat to Channel 4 (9 a.m.)Education Secretary Gavin Williamson denied the Conservative Party is threatening to review Channel 4’s broadcasting license following its decision not to allow Cabinet minister Michael Gove to sub in for Boris Johnson in a leaders’ debate on climate change on Thursday.Speaking on BBC radio, Williamson said the party has raised a complaint with the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. The row came after Johnson declined to appear in the debate, sending Gove in his place. Channel 4 refused to allow Gove, who appeared at the venue with his own television crew, to take part -- on the basis that the invitation was to the leaders of the political parties.“The Conservative Party isn’t threatening Channel 4, we’re raising a complaint with Ofcom which is perfectly legitimate,” Williamson said. “Frankly they reduced the quality of the debate that happened yesterday by refusing to let Michael Gove go on.” The Telegraph cited a source in the Tory party it didn’t identify as saying Channel 4’s public broadcasting license is under threat.McDonnell: Johnson ‘Running Scared’ (Earlier)Labour economy spokesman John McDonnell said Boris Johnson is “running scared” from scrutiny after the prime minister refused to attend a leaders debate on climate change on Thursday evening. He has also refused to be interviewed by Andrew Neil, who has the reputation of being one of the BBC’s most forensic interviewers.“The reason he is doing it is because he thinks like, you know, his Bullingdon Club friends, that they’re above the rest of us,” McDonnell said. “Because he knows that Andrew Neil will take him apart. He’s running scared. But even if he does it now, he’s played you because he’s pushing it later and later beyond the postal vote returns.”The Conservatives wrote to OfCom, the media regulator, on Thursday evening to complain that Channel 4, the host of the climate debate, had replaced Johnson with a melting ice sculpture during the debate.Labour is not changing its strategy, McDonnell said, denying reports that the party is switching its focus to leave voting areas after polling showed that it was set to lose seats in its north of England hearltlands.Earlier:The Tories Secretly Fear Trump Could Wreck Johnson’s ElectionU.K. Consumer Confidence Lowest Heading Into Election Since 2010Johnson Warns Against Complacency Over Lead: U.K. Campaign TrailTories Riled After Iceblock Replaces U.K. PM in Climate Debate\--With assistance from Alex Morales, Stuart Biggs, Eddie Spence and Kitty Donaldson.To contact the reporters on this story: Greg Ritchie in London at gritchie10@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Two people were killed in a terrorist attack in the heart of London on Friday. Three others were injured in the stabbing incident just before 2 p.m. in the London Bridge area, on the edge of the capital’s financial center. Members of the public wrestled with the suspect before armed police shot him dead.Confirming that two people had died, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the “extraordinary courage” of those who tackled the man. Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke away from the general election campaign to rush back to his Downing Street offices, and will chair an emergency “Cobra” meeting this evening.Key Developments:Police shoot dead male terror suspect after stabbing in London Bridge at about 2 p.m.Two civilians killed in the attack, three being treated in hospital, police saidOfficers say suspect had a hoax bomb strapped to his bodyJohnson returned from his constituency to Number 10 for updates on incident; will chair emergency ‘Cobra’ meeting at 9:30 p.m.Labour suspends election campaigning in London on FridaySecurity strengthened around British capital, with more armed police deployed after terrorist attackPolice Trying to Identity Victims (8:25 p.m.)Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said officers are still working to identify the people killed in Friday’s terrorist attack and that three others are being treated in the hospital. ‘Our counter-terrorists detectives will be working around the clock to identify those who have lost their lives, to support all the victims and their families,” she said.“We will be working as fast as we can to understand who this man is, where he comes from and whether there is anyone else who we need to find quickly,” Dick said. She said she expects police cordons to remain in the area “for some time.”Dick said the attack started at Fishmonger’s Hall, a livery company building on the north side of London Bridge, and said members of the public had shown “extraordinary courage stepping in to tackle this attacker.”U.K. Police Confirm Two Dead (8:15 p.m.)U.K. police confirmed two members of the public died in the terror attack on London Bridge. “As well as the suspect, who was shot dead by police, two of those injured in this attack in the London Bridge area have tragically lost their lives,” Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police commissioner, said in a statement outside the London police service’s headquarters.“My heart goes out to their loved ones and to the three further injured victims who I understand are being treated at hospital,” she said. “The empty ideology of terror offers nothing but terror and today I urge everybody to reject that.”Johnson Cancels Saturday Campaign Events (7:50 p.m.)Prime Minister Boris Johnson canceled his planned events for campaigning in the election on Saturday, a Tory official said. He will focus instead on the government’s response to the London Bridge attack.The premier will lead a meeting of the government’s emergency “Cobra” committee at 9:30 p.m., his office said. He called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss the incident earlier on Friday.Labour Suspends London Campaigning (6:50 p.m.)Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suspended his party’s campaigning in London for Friday evening as he called on the U.K.’s “democratic process not to be derailed by terror.”“We are suspending campaigning in London tonight as a mark of respect for those who suffered in this attack,” Corbyn said in an emailed statement. “We will not be cowed by those who threaten us. We must and we will stand together to reject hatred and division.”Earlier Conservative leader Boris Johnson suspended his own campaigning for Friday evening.Two People Dead After Attack: BBC (6:36 p.m.)Two members of the public have died after the London Bridge attack, the BBC reported, citing a government source.Earlier the police said several people had been injured during the stabbing at a premises near London Bridge. A spokeswoman for the Met Police was unable to confirm the report.Johnson Praises Civilians Who Stopped Attacker (5:45 p.m.)Boris Johnson vowed to bring all involved in the attack to justice, promising the U.K. will not be intimidated by terrorism.“Anybody involved in this crime and these attacks will be hunted down and will be brought to justice,” Johnson said in a pooled TV clip. “This country will never be cowed or divided or intimidated by this sort of attack, and our values -- our British values -- will prevail.”Johnson said he would stop his own campaigning this evening and he would be reviewing the matter in the next few hours. In the middle of the 2017 election, campaigning was suspended across all parties after a terrorist attack.“I urge everyone to be vigilant and one cannot help but think back to what happened in 2017 in a similar part of the city, and I hope people as fast as possible will be able to go back to their business,” he said.Mayor Urges Londoners to ‘Stand Resolute’ (4:55 p.m.)Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called on his city to “stand united and resolute in the face of terror” in the aftermath of the “cowardly and evil” attack.Khan praised the “breathtaking heroism from members of the public who literally ran towards the danger, not knowing what confronted them.” he said they didn’t know the bomb strapped to the suspect was a hoax. “They really are the best of us, another example of the bravery and heroism of ordinary Londoners running towards danger, risking their own personal safety to try and save others,” he said.“I’m mayor of the greatest city in the world -- one of our strengths is our diversity,” he told journalists outside the Metropolitan Police headquarters. “We do know there are people out there who hate our diversity, who hate what we stand for and are trying to seek to divide us.”Khan said the attack on London Bridge “appeared to be an isolated incident,” and the police aren’t looking for any other suspects.Trump Pledges Support to U.K. (4:40 p.m.)U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the violence on London Bridge and offered his country’s full support, a spokesman said.“President Trump has been briefed on this morning’s attack at the London Bridge and is monitoring the situation,” said Judd Deere, deputy press secretary at the White House. “The United States strongly condemns all horrific acts of violence on innocent people, and we pledge our full support to our Ally, the United Kingdom.”Trump is due to visit the U.K. next week for a NATO summit.Police: London Bridge Attack Was Terrorism (4:24 p.m.)U.K. police confirmed they had shot dead one male suspect and declared the attack a terrorist incident. “I’m now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident,” said Neil Basu, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, in a statement outside the London police service’s headquarters. “I must stress we retain an open mind as to any motive. It would be inappropriate to speculate further at this time.”He added the police believe the item strapped to the body of the suspect was a hoax explosive device.Police Ordered Diners to Flee (4 p.m.)The streets around London Bridge were locked down and armed police cleared restaurants and shops in the area. Officers are treating the incident as terror-related “as a precaution,” although the circumstances are still unclear, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.During the incident on Friday, armed officers burst into restaurants in the Borough Market area at London Bridge and urged diners to leave as fast as possible. They shouted “Out, out, out,” to people at the Black and Blue bar. Diners walked away with their hands on their heads. Nearby, police shouted to pedestrians to “run.”Officers closed off the bridge and evacuated passers-by from the surrounding area. On the north bank of the River Thames, police officers shouted to pedestrians to move back from the bridge 100 meters, and then urged them to take shelter in any nearby building, shouting: “Move inside for your own safety.”Incident Revives Memories of 2017 Attack (3:45 p.m.)The same area of London was the scene of a terrorist attack just a few days before the general election in June 2017 in which eight people were killed and 48 injured. Three Islamist terrorists drove a van at pedestrians on the bridge before arming themselves with knives and running into Borough Market, where they stabbed people in restaurants and pubs. Armed police responded and killed the attackers.Johnson returning to Central London (3:35 p.m.)Boris Johnson is returning to his office in central London after police shot a man at London Bridge and a number of people were injured.“The prime minister is on his way back to No 10 from his constituency where he will receive further updates on the London Bridge incident,” Johnson’s spokesman James Slack said in a statement.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also expressed his concern. “Shocking reports from London Bridge. My thoughts are with those caught up in the incident. Thank you to the police and emergency services who are responding,” he said on Twitter.Johnson Being Kept Updated on London Incident (3:10 p.m.)Boris Johnson said he’s being kept informed about the unfolding incident at London Bridge, in which there have been reports of gunshots and stabbings. Police said they are “currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.”Armed police locked down the bridge and evacuated the area. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that after being called to a stabbing at a premises nearby, they had detained one man. A number of people have been injured, they said.“I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response,” Johnson said on Twitter.Home Secretary Priti Patel also posted on Twitter, saying she’s “very concerned by ongoing incident at London Bridge. My thoughts are with all affected.” She urged people to follow the advice of the police. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he’s in “close contact” with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.Corbyn in Fresh Attack on Billionaires (12:45 p.m.)Jeremy Corbyn opened a new broadside on billionaires opposing his plans for a re-distributive socialist economy after The Daily Mail and General Trust bought the i newspaper in a 50 million pound deal ($64.5 million).“Two billionaire press barons now own half of the top 10 daily newspapers,” Corbyn said in a posting on Twitter. “Remember this when they attack Labour’s plan to make the super-rich pay their fair share.”“We are committed to preserving its distinctive, high quality and politically independent editorial style,” DMGT said in a statement on its acquisition of the i newspaper.Free Trade Group Attacks State Aid Proposals (12:20 p.m.)The Adam Smith Institute, a think tank aimed at promoting free trade which had close links with former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said it was disappointed with Boris Johnson’s plan to change state aid rules and procurement provisions to make it easier to support British companies, calling it a “form of Trumpian protectionism.”“We shouldn’t free ourselves from the European Union in order to just enslave ourselves to the whims of Whitehall,” said Matthew Lesh, head of research at the Adam Smith Institute. “Making a profit is a proof of the value added to society, and there must be no business that is too big to fail.”Tories Pledge Tougher Foreign Takeover Rules (12:05 p.m.)The Conservatives plan to strengthen protections against foreign takeovers of British companies, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said, in answer to a question about Chinese investment in the U.K.“We certainly don’t believe that the current provisions which are in place are robust enough,” Gove said at a press conference. He said he’s undertaken to “strengthen” a unit in his department that examines foreign takeovers, and “strengthen protections in the future.”Speaking alongside him, Boris Johnson agreed, before saying the country must strike a “balance” between “continuing to be open to investment from China” and making sure the U.K. doesn’t do anything “that prejudices our critical national infrastructure, our security, or do anything that would compromise our ability to cooperate with five-eyes security partners.”“Those are the parameters,” Johnson said. “I am very, very far from a Sinophobe. I want to have good relations with China, but there are clear difficulties and clear boundaries that we have to set.”U.K.’s No-Deal Preparations to Continue (12 p.m.)Boris Johnson confirmed the U.K. will continue to make preparations for a disorderly exit from the European Union. “Of course the preparations will remain extant,” he said. “There’s no reason to dismantle them.”He described the preparations which he put in place prior to the Oct. 31 deadline as being “thoroughly useful” in achieving the deal made with the EU, as it convinced Brussels the U.K. was “in earnest” about leaving.Johnson said he is confident of completing a deal with the EU by the end of 2020 and “sees no reason” to extend that deadline, meaning the U.K. crashing out without a deal is still a possibility.State Aid Plan Compatible With EU: Johnson (11:50 a.m.)Taking questions from the press after his speech, Boris Johnson said that “of course” the U.K.’s new state aid rules (see 11:35 a.m.) would be compatible with those of the European Union, dismissing the idea that they could endanger a new free trade deal with the bloc.“Were there to be any issues arising, then as you know, under any big free trade deal, there’s a joint committee to arbitrate on whether some unfair subsidy or dispensation has been made,” Johnson said. “But it would be a committee of sovereign equals.”Johnson later said he believed in competition and in a “level playing field.”Tories Vow to Change Public Procurement (11:40 a.m)The Tories vowed to break away from EU state aid rules that the party said have a “chilling effect” on government support for industry, because of the need to wait for “months or years” for decisions on whether measures by member states are permissible or not.Existing rules “mean that the U.K. government cannot take steps to quickly and effectively help companies that are in danger,” the Conservative Party said in the statement. New rules will be developed in consultation with British businesses, it said.The Tories promised a new state aid system that sets out clear principles when the government will intervene, based on the U.K.’s needs. Ministers will have “more discretion” over decisions, which they will be able to take within “days.” A new government body would be set up to manage the system, the party said.On public procurement, the Tories pledged to ditch “absurdly complex” EU rules with their “pointless tendering requirements.” It also promised “simpler and cheaper” regulations that are “geared towards supporting local business and promoting British business.” The new system will be in place by Jan. 2021.Tories Announce State Aid Plans (11:35 a.m.)The Conservatives unveiled a package of measures that they described as “immediate steps to realize the benefits of Brexit,” including a pledge to overhaul the country’s state aid system to make it “faster and easier for the government to intervene to protect jobs when an industry is in trouble.”A Tory government will also change public procurement policy to support local businesses and promote a “buy British” approach for public bodies that purchase food, in an effort to back farmers, the party said in an email.“People voted to take back control -- and we want to deliver that change,” Johnson said in a statement. “One of the crucial ways we will do that is by improving our rules so that we can back British businesses and unleash their true potential.”Stuart Tells Labour Voters to Back Johnson (11:30 a.m.)Gisela Stuart, the former Labour MP who helped run the Leave campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum, urged traditional Labour voters to back the Conservatives in what she called the Dec. 12 “Brexit election.”“Voting for Brexit this time does not make me a Tory now or in the future,” Stuart said as she stood alongside Johnson and Michael Gove. “Rather, it is the best option.”Labour Step Up Pressure Over Johnson Comments (10:40 a.m.)Labour criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson over past remarks he made about single mothers in a column from the 1990s (See 10 a.m.)“Boris Johnson’s refusal to apologize for his hateful comments about single mothers, their children and working class men is an absolute disgrace,” Labour’s education spokeswoman, Angela Rayner, who has herself been a single mother, said in a statement. “He tried to deny what he wrote, but the evidence is there in black and white for us all to see, proving once again that he’s a liar as well as a sexist.”Johnson Signals to Trump to Stay Quiet (10:15 a.m.)Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. next week, Boris Johnson said the two allies “traditionally” do not get involved in each others’ domestic politics -- an apparent signal to the U.S. president not to say anything that could potentially undermine the Conservative Party’s election campaign.“We have very close relationships with the United States at every level of government, but what we don’t do traditionally -- as loving allies and friends -- is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” Johnson told LBC radio.The comment comes amid Tory party fears of an intervention by the president in the run-up to the Dec. 12 vote. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is using Johnson’s links to the president and pursuit of a post-Brexit U.S. trade as a central attack line in the campaign, especially on the potential dangers to Britain’s state-run National Health Service.Johnson pointed out that former President Barack Obama’s intervention in the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign didn’t help the government’s argument for staying in the European Union. Obama’s comments were “not entirely conducive to the good of that cause,” he said.Johnson Under Fire for Controversial Comments (10 a.m.)Boris Johnson said the quotation of comments from his newspaper columns about Muslims, black people and single mothers were a “distortion” of his true views. In a 1995 article republished this week, he blamed single mothers for “producing a generation of ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children.”“These are 25 year old quotations culled from articles written before I was even in politics,” Johnson said in response to an angry call from a single mother to a phone-in on LBC. “Almost invariably when you look at these articles what the actual piece is saying the opposite of what is claimed.” Johnson also refused to say how many children he has and whether he is involved in all of their lives.The description of single mothers was not the first time Johnson’s comments have attracted condemnation. He has previously come under fire for referring to black people as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles,” while last year he used the terms “bank robber” and “letterbox” to describe Muslim women who wear burqas.Johnson also refused to say whether Jacob Rees-Mogg would still be in his cabinet if he wins the election after the leader of the House of Commons suggested people could have survived the Grenfell Tower fire if they’d shown “common sense” to escape. “I’m not going to get into measuring up the curtains type conversations,” Johnson said.Johnson Defends Tory Plans on NHS (9:40 a.m.)During his Q&A appearance on LBC radio, Boris Johnson was repeatedly challenged on his Conservative Party’s plans for the National Health Service. He acknowledged that a pledge to add 50,000 nurses actually includes persuading 19,000 to stay in the profession -- a discrepancy that opposition parties have said shows the Tories are misleading voters.“I do understand the controversy about this,” Johnson said, referring to the 19,000 figure. “The risk is that they will leave the profession and we’re putting in the funds to ensure they will stay.”Britain’s beloved state-run NHS is a key battleground in the election campaign after Labour accused Johnson of using it as a bargaining chip in talks with the U.S. on a post-Brexit trade deal. The prime minister reiterated on Friday that’s not the case, calling it “Bermuda Triangle stuff” from Corbyn’s party.Johnson was also on the back foot over his widely disputed plan to build 40 new hospitals, with opposition parties arguing the real number is only six. The prime minister was forced to acknowledge that some voters will not regard hospital refurbishments and upgrades as new hospitals. He also said the Conservative manifesto does not include a plan to resolve the crisis in social care because the precise details have not been “thrashed out” -- despite it being a key pledge in his first speech as prime minister.Johnson: Working on ‘About a Dozen’ Trade Deals (9:15 a.m.)Boris Johnson could not give a figure for how many trade deals the U.K. has ready ahead of its departure from the EU. “I can’t give the answer to how many deals are actually formalized,” he said in a phone-in with listeners on LBC radio. “There are a number that are virtually ready to go.”“I imagine we have about a dozen we’re currently working on,” he said, naming China, India, New Zealand and Australia as examples.If his Conservative Party wins a working majority, the U.K. will leave the EU on Jan. 31, Johnson said. A trade deal will also be agreed with the bloc by the end of 2020, he said: “I see no reason to go beyond that deadline,” he told listeners.Williamson Denies Tory Threat to Channel 4 (9 a.m.)Education Secretary Gavin Williamson denied the Conservative Party is threatening to review Channel 4’s broadcasting license following its decision not to allow Cabinet minister Michael Gove to sub in for Boris Johnson in a leaders’ debate on climate change on Thursday.Speaking on BBC radio, Williamson said the party has raised a complaint with the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. The row came after Johnson declined to appear in the debate, sending Gove in his place. Channel 4 refused to allow Gove, who appeared at the venue with his own television crew, to take part -- on the basis that the invitation was to the leaders of the political parties.“The Conservative Party isn’t threatening Channel 4, we’re raising a complaint with Ofcom which is perfectly legitimate,” Williamson said. “Frankly they reduced the quality of the debate that happened yesterday by refusing to let Michael Gove go on.” The Telegraph cited a source in the Tory party it didn’t identify as saying Channel 4’s public broadcasting license is under threat.McDonnell: Johnson ‘Running Scared’ (Earlier)Labour economy spokesman John McDonnell said Boris Johnson is “running scared” from scrutiny after the prime minister refused to attend a leaders debate on climate change on Thursday evening. He has also refused to be interviewed by Andrew Neil, who has the reputation of being one of the BBC’s most forensic interviewers.“The reason he is doing it is because he thinks like, you know, his Bullingdon Club friends, that they’re above the rest of us,” McDonnell said. “Because he knows that Andrew Neil will take him apart. He’s running scared. But even if he does it now, he’s played you because he’s pushing it later and later beyond the postal vote returns.”The Conservatives wrote to OfCom, the media regulator, on Thursday evening to complain that Channel 4, the host of the climate debate, had replaced Johnson with a melting ice sculpture during the debate.Labour is not changing its strategy, McDonnell said, denying reports that the party is switching its focus to leave voting areas after polling showed that it was set to lose seats in its north of England hearltlands.Earlier:The Tories Secretly Fear Trump Could Wreck Johnson’s ElectionU.K. Consumer Confidence Lowest Heading Into Election Since 2010Johnson Warns Against Complacency Over Lead: U.K. Campaign TrailTories Riled After Iceblock Replaces U.K. PM in Climate Debate\--With assistance from Alex Morales, Stuart Biggs, Eddie Spence and Kitty Donaldson.To contact the reporters on this story: Greg Ritchie in London at gritchie10@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Thomas PennyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 62/79   Husband of jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begs Boris Johnson for 'Christmas miracle' return
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    The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has pleaded with Boris Johnson to deliver a “Christmas miracle” and help free the jailed British-Iranian charity worker. Richard Ratcliffe, in a letter to the prime minister released this week, said he felt Mr Johnson had made “placebo promises” to see that 40-year-old Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released, which he has not kept. Mr Ratcliffe said he sent the letter to Mr Johnson two weeks ago but has not received a reply. He said the prime minister has ignored all pleas for contact since entering No 10, despite promising as Foreign Secretary to “leave no stone unturned”. Now he feels he has no choice but to go public with his most heart-rending appeal yet in the three-and-a-half years since his wife’s arrest by Iranian authorities on espionage charges. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman charity worker, has been mentally suffering in prison in Tehran Credit: Family handout “Enough is enough. How can this be allowed to happen without the PM explaining what he is doing about it? If you take responsibility for the country you have to take responsibility for obvious mistakes," he writes. “Our story defines what a British passport is worth on your watch,” Mr Ratcliffe said. “The job of a PM is not just to make headlines, but in the end to make a difference. That starts with protecting citizens at their most vulnerable, home and abroad.” He said Mr Johnson was responsible for the imprisonment of more British-Iranian dual nationals in Iran. At least three Iranians holding British nationality have been arrested by Tehran in the last year, as relations worsened with the Islamic Republic. In his letter he revealed his wife is now so des­­perate she has spoken of taking an overdose. “Nazanin says how she no longer wants to live through what they are doing to her,” he wrote. “Those in power do not care enough to solve it, and she cannot keep going like this. She has lost hope, lost everything, in bottomless waiting.” Five-year-old Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her father Richard during a press conference at the Houses of Parliament, following Gabriella's return to the UK so she can attend school. Credit: PA The Ratcliffe family made the decision to bring daughter Gabriella, five, home to London from Tehran, where she had been living with her grandparents and paying visits to her mother in Evin prison. She has been enrolled in a school near their home in Hampstead, north London, and in a new photograph appeared happy as she sat on her father’s shoulders.

    The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has pleaded with Boris Johnson to deliver a “Christmas miracle” and help free the jailed British-Iranian charity worker. Richard Ratcliffe, in a letter to the prime minister released this week, said he felt Mr Johnson had made “placebo promises” to see that 40-year-old Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released, which he has not kept. Mr Ratcliffe said he sent the letter to Mr Johnson two weeks ago but has not received a reply. He said the prime minister has ignored all pleas for contact since entering No 10, despite promising as Foreign Secretary to “leave no stone unturned”. Now he feels he has no choice but to go public with his most heart-rending appeal yet in the three-and-a-half years since his wife’s arrest by Iranian authorities on espionage charges. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman charity worker, has been mentally suffering in prison in Tehran Credit: Family handout “Enough is enough. How can this be allowed to happen without the PM explaining what he is doing about it? If you take responsibility for the country you have to take responsibility for obvious mistakes," he writes. “Our story defines what a British passport is worth on your watch,” Mr Ratcliffe said. “The job of a PM is not just to make headlines, but in the end to make a difference. That starts with protecting citizens at their most vulnerable, home and abroad.” He said Mr Johnson was responsible for the imprisonment of more British-Iranian dual nationals in Iran. At least three Iranians holding British nationality have been arrested by Tehran in the last year, as relations worsened with the Islamic Republic. In his letter he revealed his wife is now so des­­perate she has spoken of taking an overdose. “Nazanin says how she no longer wants to live through what they are doing to her,” he wrote. “Those in power do not care enough to solve it, and she cannot keep going like this. She has lost hope, lost everything, in bottomless waiting.” Five-year-old Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her father Richard during a press conference at the Houses of Parliament, following Gabriella's return to the UK so she can attend school. Credit: PA The Ratcliffe family made the decision to bring daughter Gabriella, five, home to London from Tehran, where she had been living with her grandparents and paying visits to her mother in Evin prison. She has been enrolled in a school near their home in Hampstead, north London, and in a new photograph appeared happy as she sat on her father’s shoulders.


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  • 63/79   Ilhan Omar's Republican opponent was banned from Twitter after suggesting the congresswoman should be tried for treason and hanged
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    The Republican campaign promoted a wild conspiracy theory that Omar had illegally shared sensitive government information with Qatar and Iran.

    The Republican campaign promoted a wild conspiracy theory that Omar had illegally shared sensitive government information with Qatar and Iran.


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  • 64/79   UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson replaced by block of melting ice at climate change debate
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    Major political party leaders in Britain participated in a debate on climate change, but two were noticeably missing -- and replaced.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the Conservative Party and leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage were not on the stage for Thursday night's Channel 4 debate.

    Major political party leaders in Britain participated in a debate on climate change, but two were noticeably missing -- and replaced. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the Conservative Party and leader of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage were not on the stage for Thursday night's Channel 4 debate.


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  • 65/79   Gas station strike paralyzes Lebanon as crisis deepens
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    Angry motorists blocked roads with their vehicles in Beirut and other parts of Lebanon on Friday, creating traffic jams to protest a strike by owners of gas stations demanding an increase in gasoline prices as the local currency drops and the nation slides deeper into a financial crisis.  The road closures around Lebanon came as President Michel Aoun headed a meeting of the country’s top economic officials to discuss the rapidly deteriorating economic and financial situation in the country.  Nationwide protests that began Oct. 17 over widespread corruption and mismanagement have worsened Lebanon’s worst economic and financial crises since the 1975-90 civil war ended, as did the resignation of the government late last month.

    Angry motorists blocked roads with their vehicles in Beirut and other parts of Lebanon on Friday, creating traffic jams to protest a strike by owners of gas stations demanding an increase in gasoline prices as the local currency drops and the nation slides deeper into a financial crisis. The road closures around Lebanon came as President Michel Aoun headed a meeting of the country’s top economic officials to discuss the rapidly deteriorating economic and financial situation in the country. Nationwide protests that began Oct. 17 over widespread corruption and mismanagement have worsened Lebanon’s worst economic and financial crises since the 1975-90 civil war ended, as did the resignation of the government late last month.


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  • 66/79   UK PM calls in referendum team for Brexit election pitch
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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a pitch to Brexit-backing opposition voters Friday alongside a former Labour member of his 2016 referendum team, insisting only a vote for him in next month's election would get Britain out of the EU.  Johnson has promised that if this happens, he will take Britain out of the European Union on January 31, and deliver a new trade deal by the end of next year.  'If there's a Conservative majority government, we can deliver the change that people voted for,' he said.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a pitch to Brexit-backing opposition voters Friday alongside a former Labour member of his 2016 referendum team, insisting only a vote for him in next month's election would get Britain out of the EU. Johnson has promised that if this happens, he will take Britain out of the European Union on January 31, and deliver a new trade deal by the end of next year. 'If there's a Conservative majority government, we can deliver the change that people voted for,' he said.


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  • 67/79   Support the Guardian – and help us highlight the rise of digital inequality
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    Automating Poverty, our year-long project about the takeover of welfare systems by algorithms and AI, was funded with reader donations raised last year  * Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Make a contributionA woman goes through the process of finger-scanning for the Aadhaar system at a registration centre in Delhi. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/ReutersIn countries across the world, algorithms and artificial intelligence are taking over welfare payments systems. Governments often make these changes quietly, with little public debate or accountability. But they affect millions, with serious – and possibly even fatal – results.In our special project Automating Poverty, we cast a light on the way digital innovation is threatening the poor.Our correspondent Rebecca Ratcliffe travelled 1,300km from Delhi to the east of India to investigate the country’s vast biometrics scheme, Aadhaar. She interviewed the family of Motka Manjhi, who died from starvation after his food subsidies were stopped because his thumbprint wasn’t recognised by the Aadhaar biometrics database.In Australia, Luke Henriques-Gomes reported on the families who are informed by text message that their payments are suspended, sometimes in error and with no human to complain to.In the UK, Robert Booth and Sarah Marsh spent the best part of six weeks digging into the automation of welfare systems.After publishing our series, we received scores of emails from social scientists, government officials and welfare recipients around the world. Writers from India, Spain, the UK, the US and other countries shared their experiences.At the United Nations general assembly in New York, the Guardian mediated a panel discussion on the human rights challenges of the digital age.Automating Poverty is one of the reporting projects we funded with the $1m in reader donations we raised during our end-of-year drive last winter.Now through January, we hope to raise $1.5m to fund more journalism like this in 2020. With your help, we will continue to fight for the progressive values we hold dear – democracy, civility, truth.Please consider making a contribution. And as always, thanks for reading.

    Automating Poverty, our year-long project about the takeover of welfare systems by algorithms and AI, was funded with reader donations raised last year * Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Make a contributionA woman goes through the process of finger-scanning for the Aadhaar system at a registration centre in Delhi. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/ReutersIn countries across the world, algorithms and artificial intelligence are taking over welfare payments systems. Governments often make these changes quietly, with little public debate or accountability. But they affect millions, with serious – and possibly even fatal – results.In our special project Automating Poverty, we cast a light on the way digital innovation is threatening the poor.Our correspondent Rebecca Ratcliffe travelled 1,300km from Delhi to the east of India to investigate the country’s vast biometrics scheme, Aadhaar. She interviewed the family of Motka Manjhi, who died from starvation after his food subsidies were stopped because his thumbprint wasn’t recognised by the Aadhaar biometrics database.In Australia, Luke Henriques-Gomes reported on the families who are informed by text message that their payments are suspended, sometimes in error and with no human to complain to.In the UK, Robert Booth and Sarah Marsh spent the best part of six weeks digging into the automation of welfare systems.After publishing our series, we received scores of emails from social scientists, government officials and welfare recipients around the world. Writers from India, Spain, the UK, the US and other countries shared their experiences.At the United Nations general assembly in New York, the Guardian mediated a panel discussion on the human rights challenges of the digital age.Automating Poverty is one of the reporting projects we funded with the $1m in reader donations we raised during our end-of-year drive last winter.Now through January, we hope to raise $1.5m to fund more journalism like this in 2020. With your help, we will continue to fight for the progressive values we hold dear – democracy, civility, truth.Please consider making a contribution. And as always, thanks for reading.


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  • 68/79   Merkel's Fate Rests With Disgruntled Members of Coalition Partner
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    (Bloomberg) -- A week after Angela Merkel’s own party survived a blistering leadership battle, it’s now her allied Social Democrats that threaten to blow up the governing coalition with the election of a new leader.Pummeled by repeated electoral defeats, the SPD has struggled for some time over whether to abandon the coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc or to limp on in the unloved alliance until elections scheduled for 2021 at the latest.The opposing factions face each other in an election campaign to lead the party, which comes to a close on Friday. The candidates representing the “remainers” are a duo made up of Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Klara Geywitz. Siding with the “exiters” are Norbert Walter-Borjans, a former state finance chief and left-wing lawmaker Saskia Esken. The result of the vote will be announced Saturday evening and the winner confirmed at a party convention a week later.Germany’s Coalition on the Cusp of Collapse: What’s Next?The crises bedeviling Germany’s ruling parties coincides not only with Merkel’s final phase in office but also with the rise of far-right populists and environmentalist to rival them. Another bout of political uncertainty could hamper Germany’s response in a possible economic crisis as well as its presidency of the European Council in the second half of next year.Investors will be watching the result of Saturday’s elections. Centrist, and particularly Socialist parties throughout Europe have been struggling as well. The head of the Austrian Social Democratic party, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, is under pressure after losing an election in which she couldn’t score against a scandal-ridden right wing. Voices asking for her head got louder when she fired dozens of party officials to help stem its growing debt.Scholz and Geywitz have argued that despite the pain of compromise, the party is achieving more from the cabinet bench than it would in opposition. Walter-Borjans and Esken, who favor increased spending and taxing the rich, have championed a restive party base that wants to return the party to its working-class roots.Under the lead of the victorious tandem the party will formally evaluate its alliance with Merkel’s CDU at the Dec. 6-8 convention.Both staying and leaving come with risks. Polling well below the 20.5% support it garnered in 2017, the SPD could see its parliamentary base shrink dramatically in a possible snap election. Sitting tight may simply lead to a further loss in support.The SPD has 13%, half the support garnered by Merkel’s bloc and well behind the 22% for the Greens, according to a YouGov survey from Wednesday.Rather than a straight vote on breaking up the coalition, party leaders may opt to set out conditions for staying, such as a departure from balanced-budget policies, an increased minimum wage, or more spending on social welfare. The CDU-led bloc could enter into a prolonged negotiating process or find itself unable to fulfill the SPD’s conditions.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who temporarily defused critics seeking to sideline her, told party delegates in Leipzig last week that she would refuse to renegotiate the coalition agreement that the two factions completed in March 2018.UnacceptableShould Walter-Borjans and Esken win, demands on Merkel could include a call to scrap fiscal discipline and impose a minimum wage of 12 euros ($13.20) -- almost surely red lines for Merkel’s camp, according to Manfred Guellner, the director at Berlin-based pollster Forsa.“That would be unacceptable for the CDU and the grand coalition would sooner or later break apart,” Guellner said in an interview.Depending on the details of the demands, the coalition could rumble on for weeks or months, even if some of the coalition members run out of patience.“All day long the SPD asks itself ‘do I want all this here’,” Jens Spahn, the 39-year-old CDU health minister and conservative flag-bearer, said in Leipzig. “My simple expectation is that whoever leads the SPD after this convention, that they decide what they want.”Read more:Germany’s Finance Minister Advances to Run-Off for Party ChiefGermany’s Balanced Budget May End Finance Minister’s CareerMerkel Party Leader’s Ultimatum Contains Rebels, For Now(Adds reference to investors in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Arne Delfs and Boris Groendahl.To contact the reporters on this story: Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- A week after Angela Merkel’s own party survived a blistering leadership battle, it’s now her allied Social Democrats that threaten to blow up the governing coalition with the election of a new leader.Pummeled by repeated electoral defeats, the SPD has struggled for some time over whether to abandon the coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc or to limp on in the unloved alliance until elections scheduled for 2021 at the latest.The opposing factions face each other in an election campaign to lead the party, which comes to a close on Friday. The candidates representing the “remainers” are a duo made up of Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Klara Geywitz. Siding with the “exiters” are Norbert Walter-Borjans, a former state finance chief and left-wing lawmaker Saskia Esken. The result of the vote will be announced Saturday evening and the winner confirmed at a party convention a week later.Germany’s Coalition on the Cusp of Collapse: What’s Next?The crises bedeviling Germany’s ruling parties coincides not only with Merkel’s final phase in office but also with the rise of far-right populists and environmentalist to rival them. Another bout of political uncertainty could hamper Germany’s response in a possible economic crisis as well as its presidency of the European Council in the second half of next year.Investors will be watching the result of Saturday’s elections. Centrist, and particularly Socialist parties throughout Europe have been struggling as well. The head of the Austrian Social Democratic party, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, is under pressure after losing an election in which she couldn’t score against a scandal-ridden right wing. Voices asking for her head got louder when she fired dozens of party officials to help stem its growing debt.Scholz and Geywitz have argued that despite the pain of compromise, the party is achieving more from the cabinet bench than it would in opposition. Walter-Borjans and Esken, who favor increased spending and taxing the rich, have championed a restive party base that wants to return the party to its working-class roots.Under the lead of the victorious tandem the party will formally evaluate its alliance with Merkel’s CDU at the Dec. 6-8 convention.Both staying and leaving come with risks. Polling well below the 20.5% support it garnered in 2017, the SPD could see its parliamentary base shrink dramatically in a possible snap election. Sitting tight may simply lead to a further loss in support.The SPD has 13%, half the support garnered by Merkel’s bloc and well behind the 22% for the Greens, according to a YouGov survey from Wednesday.Rather than a straight vote on breaking up the coalition, party leaders may opt to set out conditions for staying, such as a departure from balanced-budget policies, an increased minimum wage, or more spending on social welfare. The CDU-led bloc could enter into a prolonged negotiating process or find itself unable to fulfill the SPD’s conditions.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who temporarily defused critics seeking to sideline her, told party delegates in Leipzig last week that she would refuse to renegotiate the coalition agreement that the two factions completed in March 2018.UnacceptableShould Walter-Borjans and Esken win, demands on Merkel could include a call to scrap fiscal discipline and impose a minimum wage of 12 euros ($13.20) -- almost surely red lines for Merkel’s camp, according to Manfred Guellner, the director at Berlin-based pollster Forsa.“That would be unacceptable for the CDU and the grand coalition would sooner or later break apart,” Guellner said in an interview.Depending on the details of the demands, the coalition could rumble on for weeks or months, even if some of the coalition members run out of patience.“All day long the SPD asks itself ‘do I want all this here’,” Jens Spahn, the 39-year-old CDU health minister and conservative flag-bearer, said in Leipzig. “My simple expectation is that whoever leads the SPD after this convention, that they decide what they want.”Read more:Germany’s Finance Minister Advances to Run-Off for Party ChiefGermany’s Balanced Budget May End Finance Minister’s CareerMerkel Party Leader’s Ultimatum Contains Rebels, For Now(Adds reference to investors in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Arne Delfs and Boris Groendahl.To contact the reporters on this story: Birgit Jennen in Berlin at bjennen1@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 69/79   Time Is Running Out for Trump's North Korean Diplomacy, Analysts Say
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    SEOUL, South Korea -- The clock is ticking.Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, has said that the United States has until the end of the year to make a new proposal to create a breakthrough in stalled negotiations on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.The looming deadline -- which North Korea has issued repeated warnings about -- carries the implicit threat that the country could return to its alarming behavior of the past by ending its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear tests and launching long-range missiles capable of hitting U.S. cities. On Thursday, it launched two short-range rockets, its 13th rocket or missile test since May."Today, we sit on top of a live volcano," said Robert L. Carlin, a former nuclear negotiator at the State Department and longtime North Korea observer, describing a rapidly deteriorating situation on the peninsula during a lecture this month at Yonsei University in Seoul, the South Korean capital. "We don't have a lot of time to back away."In the past month, North Korea has warned that the Trump administration should not even "dream of" discussing denuclearization without first ending its "hostile" policies, including smothering economic sanctions. It swore "shocking punishment" if Washington were to ignore the year-end deadline.Senior American diplomats do not appear to share that urgency. To them, it's just posturing."I don't remember a time limit being set. Is this the North Koreans?" David R. Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told reporters in Tokyo last month, admitting to being unaware of the deadline. "But I would say that the North Koreans do one thing a lot, and that's bluff."When Washington has addressed the January deadline, it has called it an "artificial" time limit. And that leaves analysts fearing the outbreak of another crisis on the Korean Peninsula.North Korea has not been explicit about what might happen after Dec. 31, except that Kim has warned of finding a "new way" if Washington persists with sanctions and tries to force an unpalatable denuclearization deal.Some analysts say the deadline shows how badly Kim wants a deal so that he can finally deliver on a promise to his people to lift sanctions and rebuild ?the country's ailing economy. North Korea's increasingly urgent statements in recent weeks are designed to pressure Washington to return to the negotiating table with a more flexible proposal, they say."The North Koreans are telling the United States: 'We will have to do something very bad unless you do something for us by the end of the year, so please help us stop ourselves,' " Kim Hyung-ki, a former vice unification minister of South Korea, said during a forum in Seoul last month.Kim's "new way" could mean resuming tests of nuclear devices and intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, analysts say. Trump has often bragged about the testing moratorium, citing it as his biggest achievement in his on-off diplomacy with Kim. Recently, the United States and South Korea decided to postpone a joint air force exercise that has alarmed the North.If North Korea launches another long-range missile, it will set off more United Nations sanctions. It would also invite harsh reaction from Washington, perhaps even a return to the type of "fire and fury" threats Trump once used as the United States and North Korea appeared to be hurtling to the brink of war.With its increasingly strident demands in recent weeks, North Korea is playing a delicate game in denying itself an escape hatch from Kim's year-end deadline. And it comes as Washington is consumed by the impeachment hearings, which limits Trump's room for diplomacy with the North.That combination makes the situation volatile, escalating the risk that either side could miscalculate, officials and analysts worry."We could see a possibility of going back to some of the more provocative steps that preceded the start of this diplomacy," Stephen E. Biegun, Washington's special representative for North Korea, said last week during a confirmation hearing on his nomination as deputy secretary of state. "I think that would be a huge mistake and a missed opportunity by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."Other analysts say Kim would most likely first take actions that do not breach the moratorium on nuclear or long-range missile tests but would still deliver a strong message to Washington. That could include restarting plutonium-producing nuclear reactors in Yongbyon, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, the capital, or launching short- or medium-range missiles.A nuclear or ICBM test would also provoke China at a time when Kim needs its help more than ever to blunt the pain of international sanctions. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited North Korea, a 50% increase from 2017, providing badly needed cash for Pyongyang, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Seoul, citing Chinese customs data.If Kim ends his diplomacy with Trump, he could, at least in the short term, "muddle through with the help of China," said Lee Jung-chul, a North Korea expert at Soongsil University in Seoul. "It will be difficult for the North to attempt a provocation, given the importance of its relations with China."North Korea has not specified what it seeks in demanding that Washington drop its "hostile policy." It has long indicated that it wants international sanctions lifted and an end to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. In the past, it has also called for the United States to end its military presence in and around South Korea.But in recent statements, North Korea has only hardened its demands, further dimming the prospects for dialogue.It said it had already taken enough confidence-building steps, such as the test moratorium, the shutting down of its underground nuclear test site and its return of American remains from the Korean War. It said Trump should expect no more gifts "he can boast of" and that he should instead keep the promises he made in his Singapore summit last year with Kim, like ending regular joint military exercises with South Korea that the North sees as war preparations.Analysts worry that with talks having stalled, North Korea will continue to produce more nuclear fuel and warheads. As its nuclear arsenal increases, the cost of denuclearization continues to rise."You might argue, how can we reward a bad guy like North Korea?" said Jun Bong-geun, acting president of the government-run Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security in Seoul. "But sanctions and pressure alone have never worked on North Korea. You also have to offer incentives."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    SEOUL, South Korea -- The clock is ticking.Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, has said that the United States has until the end of the year to make a new proposal to create a breakthrough in stalled negotiations on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.The looming deadline -- which North Korea has issued repeated warnings about -- carries the implicit threat that the country could return to its alarming behavior of the past by ending its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear tests and launching long-range missiles capable of hitting U.S. cities. On Thursday, it launched two short-range rockets, its 13th rocket or missile test since May."Today, we sit on top of a live volcano," said Robert L. Carlin, a former nuclear negotiator at the State Department and longtime North Korea observer, describing a rapidly deteriorating situation on the peninsula during a lecture this month at Yonsei University in Seoul, the South Korean capital. "We don't have a lot of time to back away."In the past month, North Korea has warned that the Trump administration should not even "dream of" discussing denuclearization without first ending its "hostile" policies, including smothering economic sanctions. It swore "shocking punishment" if Washington were to ignore the year-end deadline.Senior American diplomats do not appear to share that urgency. To them, it's just posturing."I don't remember a time limit being set. Is this the North Koreans?" David R. Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told reporters in Tokyo last month, admitting to being unaware of the deadline. "But I would say that the North Koreans do one thing a lot, and that's bluff."When Washington has addressed the January deadline, it has called it an "artificial" time limit. And that leaves analysts fearing the outbreak of another crisis on the Korean Peninsula.North Korea has not been explicit about what might happen after Dec. 31, except that Kim has warned of finding a "new way" if Washington persists with sanctions and tries to force an unpalatable denuclearization deal.Some analysts say the deadline shows how badly Kim wants a deal so that he can finally deliver on a promise to his people to lift sanctions and rebuild ?the country's ailing economy. North Korea's increasingly urgent statements in recent weeks are designed to pressure Washington to return to the negotiating table with a more flexible proposal, they say."The North Koreans are telling the United States: 'We will have to do something very bad unless you do something for us by the end of the year, so please help us stop ourselves,' " Kim Hyung-ki, a former vice unification minister of South Korea, said during a forum in Seoul last month.Kim's "new way" could mean resuming tests of nuclear devices and intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, analysts say. Trump has often bragged about the testing moratorium, citing it as his biggest achievement in his on-off diplomacy with Kim. Recently, the United States and South Korea decided to postpone a joint air force exercise that has alarmed the North.If North Korea launches another long-range missile, it will set off more United Nations sanctions. It would also invite harsh reaction from Washington, perhaps even a return to the type of "fire and fury" threats Trump once used as the United States and North Korea appeared to be hurtling to the brink of war.With its increasingly strident demands in recent weeks, North Korea is playing a delicate game in denying itself an escape hatch from Kim's year-end deadline. And it comes as Washington is consumed by the impeachment hearings, which limits Trump's room for diplomacy with the North.That combination makes the situation volatile, escalating the risk that either side could miscalculate, officials and analysts worry."We could see a possibility of going back to some of the more provocative steps that preceded the start of this diplomacy," Stephen E. Biegun, Washington's special representative for North Korea, said last week during a confirmation hearing on his nomination as deputy secretary of state. "I think that would be a huge mistake and a missed opportunity by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."Other analysts say Kim would most likely first take actions that do not breach the moratorium on nuclear or long-range missile tests but would still deliver a strong message to Washington. That could include restarting plutonium-producing nuclear reactors in Yongbyon, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, the capital, or launching short- or medium-range missiles.A nuclear or ICBM test would also provoke China at a time when Kim needs its help more than ever to blunt the pain of international sanctions. Last year, 1.2 million Chinese tourists visited North Korea, a 50% increase from 2017, providing badly needed cash for Pyongyang, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Seoul, citing Chinese customs data.If Kim ends his diplomacy with Trump, he could, at least in the short term, "muddle through with the help of China," said Lee Jung-chul, a North Korea expert at Soongsil University in Seoul. "It will be difficult for the North to attempt a provocation, given the importance of its relations with China."North Korea has not specified what it seeks in demanding that Washington drop its "hostile policy." It has long indicated that it wants international sanctions lifted and an end to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. In the past, it has also called for the United States to end its military presence in and around South Korea.But in recent statements, North Korea has only hardened its demands, further dimming the prospects for dialogue.It said it had already taken enough confidence-building steps, such as the test moratorium, the shutting down of its underground nuclear test site and its return of American remains from the Korean War. It said Trump should expect no more gifts "he can boast of" and that he should instead keep the promises he made in his Singapore summit last year with Kim, like ending regular joint military exercises with South Korea that the North sees as war preparations.Analysts worry that with talks having stalled, North Korea will continue to produce more nuclear fuel and warheads. As its nuclear arsenal increases, the cost of denuclearization continues to rise."You might argue, how can we reward a bad guy like North Korea?" said Jun Bong-geun, acting president of the government-run Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security in Seoul. "But sanctions and pressure alone have never worked on North Korea. You also have to offer incentives."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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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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