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    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/81   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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  • 3/81   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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  • 4/81   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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  • 5/81   '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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  • 6/81   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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  • 7/81   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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  • 8/81   Do star athletes make too much money?
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    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 9/81   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
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    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 10/81   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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  • 11/81   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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  • 12/81   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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  • 13/81   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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  • 14/81   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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  • 15/81   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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  • 16/81   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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  • 17/81   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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  • 18/81   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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  • 19/81   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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  • 20/81   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 21/81   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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  • 22/81   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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  • 23/81   Oil Holds Biggest Weekly Drop Since July on Easing Gulf Tension
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    (Bloomberg) -- Oil was steady after the biggest weekly drop since July as an easing of geopolitical tension in the Middle East turned attention back to a flood of new supply set to hit the market this year.The threat of an outright war has receded since Tehran fired missiles at U.S.-Iraqi bases last week in retaliation for Washington’s assassination of its top general. The situation in Iran remains volatile, however, amid protests against the government’s accidental downing of a commercial airliner. In Libya, warring factions have called a cease-fire in their nine-month conflict.Oil prices are now back where they were in mid-December, with the market seemingly shrugging off the chance of more disruptions in the Persian Gulf. The lack of a geopolitical risk premium is partly due to plentiful supplies of U.S. shale and a torrent of new crude from non-OPEC countries including Brazil and Norway. On the demand side, the U.S. and China are set to sign their limited trade deal this week, which may improve sentiment.See also: How the Market Learned to Live With a Middle East in Flames“Without Iran-related energy disruption, additional non-OPEC supply will comfortably exceed demand, placing downward pressure on prices,” Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific Market Strategist at AxiTrader, said in a note. Hopes of a U.S. inventories draw may support prices this week, he said.West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery declined 1 cents to $59.03 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 9:57 a.m. in Singapore. The contract fell 6.4% last week, the most since July 19.Brent futures for March settlement dropped 4 cents to $64.94 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange after losing 5.3% last week. The global crude benchmark traded at a $5.96 premium to WTI for the same month.\--With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Low in Singapore at elow39@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Serene Cheong at scheong20@bloomberg.net, Andrew Janes, Ben SharplesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Oil was steady after the biggest weekly drop since July as an easing of geopolitical tension in the Middle East turned attention back to a flood of new supply set to hit the market this year.The threat of an outright war has receded since Tehran fired missiles at U.S.-Iraqi bases last week in retaliation for Washington’s assassination of its top general. The situation in Iran remains volatile, however, amid protests against the government’s accidental downing of a commercial airliner. In Libya, warring factions have called a cease-fire in their nine-month conflict.Oil prices are now back where they were in mid-December, with the market seemingly shrugging off the chance of more disruptions in the Persian Gulf. The lack of a geopolitical risk premium is partly due to plentiful supplies of U.S. shale and a torrent of new crude from non-OPEC countries including Brazil and Norway. On the demand side, the U.S. and China are set to sign their limited trade deal this week, which may improve sentiment.See also: How the Market Learned to Live With a Middle East in Flames“Without Iran-related energy disruption, additional non-OPEC supply will comfortably exceed demand, placing downward pressure on prices,” Stephen Innes, Asia Pacific Market Strategist at AxiTrader, said in a note. Hopes of a U.S. inventories draw may support prices this week, he said.West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery declined 1 cents to $59.03 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 9:57 a.m. in Singapore. The contract fell 6.4% last week, the most since July 19.Brent futures for March settlement dropped 4 cents to $64.94 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange after losing 5.3% last week. The global crude benchmark traded at a $5.96 premium to WTI for the same month.\--With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Low in Singapore at elow39@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Serene Cheong at scheong20@bloomberg.net, Andrew Janes, Ben SharplesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 24/81   Taiwan Stocks Rise After Tsai Election Victory Boosts Sentiment
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    (Bloomberg) -- The landslide election victory for President Tsai Ing-wen has reinforced a winning run for Taiwan’s financial markets.Traders on Monday had their first chance to react to the victory of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party -- which advocates for Taiwan’s formal independence. The Taiex stock benchmark rose as much as 0.6% in early trading, while the local dollar strengthened 0.4% to its highest level since June 2018. The yield on 10-year government bonds slipped to 0.6400%, near the lowest since August.Saturday’s result is helping extend what has been a positive period of investor sentiment toward Taiwan. Stocks have recently touched the highest levels in nearly three decades. Taiwan’s dollar strengthened for an eighth week last week in its longest winning streak since 2013 and government-bond yields remain near all-time lows.“Investors will pay attention to beneficiary stocks in the short-term,” said Shelly Lee, chairman of Mega International Investment Services Co. “With the upcoming trade deal signing and expectations of Federal Reserve easing, the bullish trend will continue for Taiwan’s markets.”Stocks in the biotech and medical care sector were among the best performers on Monday, with a measure of those shares rising 1% on bets they will continue to benefit from supportive government policies. A gauge of tourism stocks was the worst performer, dropping 2.5%, amid concern the election result will further chill cross-strait ties.Taiwan Raises GDP Outlook as Investment Trumps Trade WarIf recent history is any guide, Taiwan’s equities are poised to extend gains in the coming month. The benchmark Taiex index has climbed by an average of 7.4% in the 30 days after the results of the past six presidential elections, as investor concern about political risk fades. This week’s planned signing of an initial trade accord between China and the U.S. is also expected to give a boost.“Taiwan stocks tend to rise after an election, as uncertainty is removed,” said Li Fang-kuo, chairman of President Capital Management. He sees the Taiex index hitting a record high by April, helped by continued inflows and a strong outlook for Taiwan’s technology sector.Analysts have turned the most bullish on Taiwan stocks since 2015, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Efforts by the government to lure further capital and incentivize local firms to invest at home have helped Taiwan stay resilient in the face of the U.S.-China trade war. This has helped encourage strong foreign inflows into its technology sector, which in turn have helped boost the Taiwan dollar. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Taiwan’s largest stock, reports earnings later this week.Money Pours Into Taiwan’s Markets as Election Nears The local currency is seen rising to 29.5 per U.S. dollar by year-end, driven by the appeal of companies related to 5G and further repatriation of investment, according to Cliff Tan, head of global markets research for East Asia at MUFG Bank Ltd. Government bonds are expected to be boosted by limited supply under Tsai’s leadership, said Kevin Shih, a trader with Jih Sun Securities Co.Profit-taking pressure may emerge nearer the Lunar New Year holiday, say analysts, while the outcome of the expected trade deal signing and recently heightened Middle East tensions will also be factors.“But any pull-back would be a good entry point,” said President Capital Management’s Li.(Update Monday’s stock winners and losers in the fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Miaojung Lin, Argin Chang and Ee Cheng Teh.To contact the reporter on this story: Cindy Wang in Taipei at hwang61@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sofia Horta e Costa at shortaecosta@bloomberg.net, David Watkins, Adrian KennedyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The landslide election victory for President Tsai Ing-wen has reinforced a winning run for Taiwan’s financial markets.Traders on Monday had their first chance to react to the victory of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party -- which advocates for Taiwan’s formal independence. The Taiex stock benchmark rose as much as 0.6% in early trading, while the local dollar strengthened 0.4% to its highest level since June 2018. The yield on 10-year government bonds slipped to 0.6400%, near the lowest since August.Saturday’s result is helping extend what has been a positive period of investor sentiment toward Taiwan. Stocks have recently touched the highest levels in nearly three decades. Taiwan’s dollar strengthened for an eighth week last week in its longest winning streak since 2013 and government-bond yields remain near all-time lows.“Investors will pay attention to beneficiary stocks in the short-term,” said Shelly Lee, chairman of Mega International Investment Services Co. “With the upcoming trade deal signing and expectations of Federal Reserve easing, the bullish trend will continue for Taiwan’s markets.”Stocks in the biotech and medical care sector were among the best performers on Monday, with a measure of those shares rising 1% on bets they will continue to benefit from supportive government policies. A gauge of tourism stocks was the worst performer, dropping 2.5%, amid concern the election result will further chill cross-strait ties.Taiwan Raises GDP Outlook as Investment Trumps Trade WarIf recent history is any guide, Taiwan’s equities are poised to extend gains in the coming month. The benchmark Taiex index has climbed by an average of 7.4% in the 30 days after the results of the past six presidential elections, as investor concern about political risk fades. This week’s planned signing of an initial trade accord between China and the U.S. is also expected to give a boost.“Taiwan stocks tend to rise after an election, as uncertainty is removed,” said Li Fang-kuo, chairman of President Capital Management. He sees the Taiex index hitting a record high by April, helped by continued inflows and a strong outlook for Taiwan’s technology sector.Analysts have turned the most bullish on Taiwan stocks since 2015, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Efforts by the government to lure further capital and incentivize local firms to invest at home have helped Taiwan stay resilient in the face of the U.S.-China trade war. This has helped encourage strong foreign inflows into its technology sector, which in turn have helped boost the Taiwan dollar. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Taiwan’s largest stock, reports earnings later this week.Money Pours Into Taiwan’s Markets as Election Nears The local currency is seen rising to 29.5 per U.S. dollar by year-end, driven by the appeal of companies related to 5G and further repatriation of investment, according to Cliff Tan, head of global markets research for East Asia at MUFG Bank Ltd. Government bonds are expected to be boosted by limited supply under Tsai’s leadership, said Kevin Shih, a trader with Jih Sun Securities Co.Profit-taking pressure may emerge nearer the Lunar New Year holiday, say analysts, while the outcome of the expected trade deal signing and recently heightened Middle East tensions will also be factors.“But any pull-back would be a good entry point,” said President Capital Management’s Li.(Update Monday’s stock winners and losers in the fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Miaojung Lin, Argin Chang and Ee Cheng Teh.To contact the reporter on this story: Cindy Wang in Taipei at hwang61@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sofia Horta e Costa at shortaecosta@bloomberg.net, David Watkins, Adrian KennedyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 25/81   Mundipharma Enters Partnership With Samsung Bioepis to Expand Biosimilars Into Hong Kong and Taiwan
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    Mundipharma today announced a partnership with Samsung Bioepis to commercialize Samsung Bioepis' first-wave biosimilar candidates in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    Mundipharma today announced a partnership with Samsung Bioepis to commercialize Samsung Bioepis' first-wave biosimilar candidates in Taiwan and Hong Kong.


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  • 26/81   Asia Stocks See Mixed Start to Week Post U.S. Jobs: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors mulled Friday’s lackluster U.S. employment report.Shares rose in Seoul and Hong Kong, and fell in Shanghai and Sydney. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. U.S. futures saw modest gains after the S&P 500 dropped from record levels Friday with the latest jobs report delivering mixed signals on the strength of the economy. The yen ticked lower, and gold fell.Geopolitics remained on the radar over the weekend, with Iran admitting it downed a Ukrainian jet after mistaking it for a cruise missile. North Korea said it won’t trade its nuclear weapons for a lifting of sanctions. Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide victory over a China-friendly challenger to clinch a second term.In the Philippines, trading in stocks and FX was suspended because the Taal volcano to the south of the capital is belching out ash.Looking ahead, the U.S. and China are still expected to sign the first phase of their trade deal, which President Donald Trump said will take place on Wednesday.“Even getting to this phase-one agreement, when we weren’t sure we would get here, really shows that there’s political will to de-escalate trade tensions between China and the U.S.,” Lucy Meagher, investment adviser at Evan’s & Partners Pty., told Bloomberg Television. “We expect that to be a positive and certainly to continue that positive Asia and emerging-markets theme.”Meanwhile, U.S. earnings season gets underway this week, with Citigroup Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. among S&P 500 companies reporting in the next several days. Corporate profits likely dropped for a second straight quarter at the end of 2019, dragging down annual earnings growth to the smallest in three years.Elsewhere, oil retreated after last week posting its steepest loss since July.These are some of the moves in major markets:StocksAustralia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 0.5% as of 10:37 a.m. in Tokyo.Kospi Index gained 0.5%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.5%.Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.3%.S&P 500 Index futures gained 0.2%. The benchmark fell 0.3% Friday.CurrenciesThe yen fell 0.2% to 109.61 per dollar.The offshore yuan advanced 0.1% to 6.9104 per dollar.Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose less than 0.1%.The euro was at $1.1119.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell to 1.82% Friday.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell a fifth day, dropping 0.1% to $58.97.Gold declined 0.3% to $1,557.04 an ounce.\--With assistance from Haidi Lun.To contact the reporter on this story: Joanna Ossinger in Singapore at jossinger@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Cormac MullenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors mulled Friday’s lackluster U.S. employment report.Shares rose in Seoul and Hong Kong, and fell in Shanghai and Sydney. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. U.S. futures saw modest gains after the S&P 500 dropped from record levels Friday with the latest jobs report delivering mixed signals on the strength of the economy. The yen ticked lower, and gold fell.Geopolitics remained on the radar over the weekend, with Iran admitting it downed a Ukrainian jet after mistaking it for a cruise missile. North Korea said it won’t trade its nuclear weapons for a lifting of sanctions. Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide victory over a China-friendly challenger to clinch a second term.In the Philippines, trading in stocks and FX was suspended because the Taal volcano to the south of the capital is belching out ash.Looking ahead, the U.S. and China are still expected to sign the first phase of their trade deal, which President Donald Trump said will take place on Wednesday.“Even getting to this phase-one agreement, when we weren’t sure we would get here, really shows that there’s political will to de-escalate trade tensions between China and the U.S.,” Lucy Meagher, investment adviser at Evan’s & Partners Pty., told Bloomberg Television. “We expect that to be a positive and certainly to continue that positive Asia and emerging-markets theme.”Meanwhile, U.S. earnings season gets underway this week, with Citigroup Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. among S&P 500 companies reporting in the next several days. Corporate profits likely dropped for a second straight quarter at the end of 2019, dragging down annual earnings growth to the smallest in three years.Elsewhere, oil retreated after last week posting its steepest loss since July.These are some of the moves in major markets:StocksAustralia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 0.5% as of 10:37 a.m. in Tokyo.Kospi Index gained 0.5%.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 0.5%.Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.3%.S&P 500 Index futures gained 0.2%. The benchmark fell 0.3% Friday.CurrenciesThe yen fell 0.2% to 109.61 per dollar.The offshore yuan advanced 0.1% to 6.9104 per dollar.Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose less than 0.1%.The euro was at $1.1119.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries fell to 1.82% Friday.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude fell a fifth day, dropping 0.1% to $58.97.Gold declined 0.3% to $1,557.04 an ounce.\--With assistance from Haidi Lun.To contact the reporter on this story: Joanna Ossinger in Singapore at jossinger@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Cormac MullenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 27/81   Plea for New Zealand to house fire-threatened koalas
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    Thousands of people have signed a petition for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand to escape Australia's devastating bush fires, but the proposal has been given the thumbs down by officials.  A group calling itself the Koala Relocation Society said koalas were 'functionally extinct in Australia' but could thrive in New Zealand which has nearly 30,000 hectares planted in eucalypts.  There have been estimates of up to a billion koalas and other animals affected by the fires raging across Australia and there are concerns about how the survivors will cope given the loss of vegetation.

    Thousands of people have signed a petition for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand to escape Australia's devastating bush fires, but the proposal has been given the thumbs down by officials. A group calling itself the Koala Relocation Society said koalas were 'functionally extinct in Australia' but could thrive in New Zealand which has nearly 30,000 hectares planted in eucalypts. There have been estimates of up to a billion koalas and other animals affected by the fires raging across Australia and there are concerns about how the survivors will cope given the loss of vegetation.


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  • 28/81   Can Grown Up Group Investment Holdings Limited (HKG:1842) Maintain Its Strong Returns?
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    While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like...

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


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  • 29/81   Oil dips on easing U.S.-Iran tensions, eyes on China trade deal
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    Oil prices edged down on Monday as fears of conflict between the United States and Iran eased, although the decline was checked by the planned signing of an initial U.S.-China trade deal this week, which could boost demand.  Oil prices had surged after the killing of an Iranian commander by a U.S. drone strike and the launch of Iranian missiles in retaliation, but then slumped as the United States and Iran stepped back from the brink of direct conflict.  Four Iraqi soldiers were wounded on Sunday in an attack on an Iraqi air base where U.S. troops have been based, the Iraqi military said.

    Oil prices edged down on Monday as fears of conflict between the United States and Iran eased, although the decline was checked by the planned signing of an initial U.S.-China trade deal this week, which could boost demand. Oil prices had surged after the killing of an Iranian commander by a U.S. drone strike and the launch of Iranian missiles in retaliation, but then slumped as the United States and Iran stepped back from the brink of direct conflict. Four Iraqi soldiers were wounded on Sunday in an attack on an Iraqi air base where U.S. troops have been based, the Iraqi military said.


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  • 30/81   Dollar firms as Sino-U.S. trade deal day draws near
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    The dollar began the week supported by optimism on the Sino-U.S. trade front, while the pound wobbled lower after weekend hints at an interest rate cut from a Bank of England policymaker.  A U.S.-China trade deal is due to be signed at the White House on Wednesday, though talks on a phase two package are likely to drag on for months.  The imminent deal, ending an 18-month trade dispute, has investors hoping for a revival in global growth.

    The dollar began the week supported by optimism on the Sino-U.S. trade front, while the pound wobbled lower after weekend hints at an interest rate cut from a Bank of England policymaker. A U.S.-China trade deal is due to be signed at the White House on Wednesday, though talks on a phase two package are likely to drag on for months. The imminent deal, ending an 18-month trade dispute, has investors hoping for a revival in global growth.


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  • 31/81   Does Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) Create Value For Shareholders?
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    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...

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


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  • 32/81   Pelosi warns McConnell, Senate Republicans they will 'pay a price' if they engage in 'cover-up'
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    The biggest concession Nancy Pelosi wanted from Mitch McConnell was to allow witnesses and for documents to be allowed to be submitted for evidence.

    The biggest concession Nancy Pelosi wanted from Mitch McConnell was to allow witnesses and for documents to be allowed to be submitted for evidence.


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  • 33/81   Who Has Been Buying Keck Seng Investments (Hong Kong) Limited (HKG:184) Shares?
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    It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also...

    It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also...


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  • 34/81   Xuzhou Zhou Is The Co-Chairmen of the Board of Meilleure Health International Industry Group Limited (HKG:2327) And They Just Spent HK$1.8m On Shares
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    Potential Meilleure Health International Industry Group Limited (HKG:2327) shareholders may wish to note that the...

    Potential Meilleure Health International Industry Group Limited (HKG:2327) shareholders may wish to note that the...


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  • 35/81   Startups Weekly: In a crowded field of unicorns, ClassPass becomes another unicorn
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    Working out never did a body so good as it did for ClassPass this week.  The latest funding, in the amount of $285 million, was led by L Catterton and Apax Digital, with participation from existing investor Temasek.  “We are motivated by the impact we’ve had on members and partners, including 100 million hours of workouts that have already been booked,” said ClassPass Founder and Chairman Payal Kadakia in a statement about the raise.

    Working out never did a body so good as it did for ClassPass this week. The latest funding, in the amount of $285 million, was led by L Catterton and Apax Digital, with participation from existing investor Temasek. “We are motivated by the impact we’ve had on members and partners, including 100 million hours of workouts that have already been booked,” said ClassPass Founder and Chairman Payal Kadakia in a statement about the raise.


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  • 36/81   S.A.I Leisure Group Company Limited (HKG:1832) Delivered A Better ROE Than Its Industry
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    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...

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


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  • 37/81   'Smile with your eyes': How to beat South Korea's AI hiring bots and land a job
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    In cram school-obsessed South Korea, students fork out for classes in everything from K-pop auditions to real estate deals.  Now, top Korean firms are rolling out artificial intelligence in hiring - and jobseekers want to learn how to beat the bots.  From his basement office in downtown Gangnam, careers consultant Park Seong-jung is among those in a growing business of offering lessons in handling recruitment screening by computers, not people.

    In cram school-obsessed South Korea, students fork out for classes in everything from K-pop auditions to real estate deals. Now, top Korean firms are rolling out artificial intelligence in hiring - and jobseekers want to learn how to beat the bots. From his basement office in downtown Gangnam, careers consultant Park Seong-jung is among those in a growing business of offering lessons in handling recruitment screening by computers, not people.


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  • 38/81   Should You Like 3P Learning Limited’s (ASX:3PL) High Return On Capital Employed?
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    Today we are going to look at 3P Learning Limited (ASX:3PL) to see whether it might be an attractive investment...

    Today we are going to look at 3P Learning Limited (ASX:3PL) to see whether it might be an attractive investment...


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  • 39/81   Siemens Goes Ahead With Controversial Australia Coal Project
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    (Bloomberg) -- Siemens AG said it intends to honor a controversial contract to supply signaling systems to an Australian coal mine, defying the demands of activists that protested at locations in Germany on Friday.The company will establish a sustainability committee that will have the power to stop or escalate projects, but the company will ultimately continue with the Adani contract, Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser said in a statement on Sunday.“I do realize, most of you would have hoped for more,” Kaeser said in the statement. “While I do have a lot of empathy for environmental matters, I do need to balance different interests of different stakeholders.”Fridays for Future activists, including Greta Thunberg, had targeted Siemens to renounce the contract for months and not work with Adani Power Ltd. on the planned Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.“Siemens’ announcement that it will continue working on Adani’s coal mine while bushfires rage in Australia is nothing short of shameful,” environmental lobby group Australian Conservation Foundation said in a statement. “The company has shown its true colours with this decision. It has a climate change policy, but it is hollow and empty.”Kaeser had met with German activist Luisa Neubauer on Friday, and in private talks offered the 23-year-old a seat on the supervisory board of Siemens Energy, which she turned down. Siemens Energy creates gas turbines and wind turbines, while the Adani contract will be supplied by Siemens Mobility, a different division.Protesters had also camped out at Siemens locations, including a 24-hour protest in front of the company’s headquarters in Munich.“I urge you not to be intimidated by the noisy anti-coal minority,” Australian Resources Minister Matt Canavan said in a Dec. 18 letter to Kaeser. “If the protesters achieve their goals of ending coal mining by bullying companies into submission, the result would be millions more people without a home, without access to electricity and without as much hope as they otherwise could have.”(Updates with comment from resources minister in last paragraph.)\--With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Oliver Sachgau in Munich at osachgau@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net, James Ludden, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Siemens AG said it intends to honor a controversial contract to supply signaling systems to an Australian coal mine, defying the demands of activists that protested at locations in Germany on Friday.The company will establish a sustainability committee that will have the power to stop or escalate projects, but the company will ultimately continue with the Adani contract, Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser said in a statement on Sunday.“I do realize, most of you would have hoped for more,” Kaeser said in the statement. “While I do have a lot of empathy for environmental matters, I do need to balance different interests of different stakeholders.”Fridays for Future activists, including Greta Thunberg, had targeted Siemens to renounce the contract for months and not work with Adani Power Ltd. on the planned Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.“Siemens’ announcement that it will continue working on Adani’s coal mine while bushfires rage in Australia is nothing short of shameful,” environmental lobby group Australian Conservation Foundation said in a statement. “The company has shown its true colours with this decision. It has a climate change policy, but it is hollow and empty.”Kaeser had met with German activist Luisa Neubauer on Friday, and in private talks offered the 23-year-old a seat on the supervisory board of Siemens Energy, which she turned down. Siemens Energy creates gas turbines and wind turbines, while the Adani contract will be supplied by Siemens Mobility, a different division.Protesters had also camped out at Siemens locations, including a 24-hour protest in front of the company’s headquarters in Munich.“I urge you not to be intimidated by the noisy anti-coal minority,” Australian Resources Minister Matt Canavan said in a Dec. 18 letter to Kaeser. “If the protesters achieve their goals of ending coal mining by bullying companies into submission, the result would be millions more people without a home, without access to electricity and without as much hope as they otherwise could have.”(Updates with comment from resources minister in last paragraph.)\--With assistance from James Thornhill.To contact the reporter on this story: Oliver Sachgau in Munich at osachgau@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net, James Ludden, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 40/81   If You Had Bought China Saite Group (HKG:153) Stock Five Years Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 77% Loss, Today
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    We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. It hits...

    We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. It hits...


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  • 41/81   Fragile truce agreed in Libya after nine months of fighting
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    Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.  The oil-rich North African country has been wracked by bloody turmoil since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with multiple foreign powers now involved.  The UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli had been under attack since last April from forces loyal to eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, which on January 6 captured the strategic coastal city of Sirte.

    Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey. The oil-rich North African country has been wracked by bloody turmoil since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with multiple foreign powers now involved. The UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli had been under attack since last April from forces loyal to eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, which on January 6 captured the strategic coastal city of Sirte.


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  • 42/81   Trump warns Iran against 'massacre' as protests erupt over jetliner downing
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    US President Donald Trump said Saturday the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new 'massacre' as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane.  Iran said earlier it unintentionally downed a Ukrainian jetliner outside Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, in an abrupt about-turn after initially denying Western claims it was struck by a missile.  The firing came shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases in Iraq housing American forces.

    US President Donald Trump said Saturday the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new 'massacre' as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane. Iran said earlier it unintentionally downed a Ukrainian jetliner outside Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, in an abrupt about-turn after initially denying Western claims it was struck by a missile. The firing came shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases in Iraq housing American forces.


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  • 43/81   Aurora, Colorado, Shooting Leaves 3 Juveniles, 2 Adults Injured: Police
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    Law enforcement said no one has been arrested yet

    Law enforcement said no one has been arrested yet


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  • 44/81   IS claims Pakistan mosque bombing as death toll rises to 15
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    Pakistani officials raised the death toll from a mosque bombing in the country's southwest to 15 people on Saturday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.  It killed a senior police officer and 13 others.  Quetta police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said another victim of the mosque bombing died of serious wounds in the city hospital raising the death toll to 15.

    Pakistani officials raised the death toll from a mosque bombing in the country's southwest to 15 people on Saturday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. It killed a senior police officer and 13 others. Quetta police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said another victim of the mosque bombing died of serious wounds in the city hospital raising the death toll to 15.


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  • 45/81   Young stars at the edge of the Milky Way appear to have come from 2 nearby galaxies. That means a galactic collision could happen sooner than predicted.
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    The arrival of new stars from other galaxies heralds a collision. But it could help the Milky Way "thrive," according to a physicist.

    The arrival of new stars from other galaxies heralds a collision. But it could help the Milky Way "thrive," according to a physicist.


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  • 46/81   Your Air Force Never Wants To Battle These Five Air Defense Missiles
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    The world's best.

    The world's best.


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  • 47/81   Eleven dead and hundreds of thousands without power as storms and tornadoes sweep across US
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    At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of homes hit by power cuts as storms sweep across parts of the US south and east, bringing snow, hail and hurricane-force winds.More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled as unrelenting rain and gales lash seven states along the east of the country from Texas.

    At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of homes hit by power cuts as storms sweep across parts of the US south and east, bringing snow, hail and hurricane-force winds.More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled as unrelenting rain and gales lash seven states along the east of the country from Texas.


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  • 48/81   Warren Tries to Ease Iowans’ Concerns About Electability
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    (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren barnstormed across Iowa this weekend, seeking to put to rest questions about her electability and her ability to build a coalition to defeat Donald Trump.With less than a month before the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucuses, the Massachusetts senator is trying to regain her momentum in a state where she had been the front-runner in the fall. A Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll released Friday showed Bernie Sanders in the lead in Iowa, while Warren was virtually tied with Pete Buttigieg. National front-runner Joe Biden was in fourth place.As her campaign put on about 15 events in the state ahead of the Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines on Tuesday, she portrayed herself as the most effective Democratic standard-bearer against Trump in November. She sought to reassure caucus goers that her sweeping progressive agenda wouldn’t be an impediment to building a broad coalition if she became the Democratic nominee.“All I can say is, Democrats, get a better sales pitch,” she said in Mason City, Iowa, on Saturday. “Fear doesn’t win. Courage and vision win.”Weak Minority SupportWarren has weak support among African-Americans and other minority voters, who form a crucial segment of the Democratic electorate. She has also seen her advantage among women voters slip, though she maintains a base of mostly white, older progressive supporters.She was joined in Iowa by surrogates to help her broaden her appeal. Julian Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 race earlier this year, campaigned with her Sunday in Marshalltown, where more than a third of the population is Hispanic. Castro pitched Warren as a unity candidate who could bring together a diverse coalition.“She knows what it’s like to struggle,” said Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama administration. “She’s about making sure that no matter who you are in this country that you have a fair shot. She can bring this party together.”Warren also faced questions about her ability to get voters across the ideological spectrum on board with her progressive proposals. At a town hall in Mason City on Saturday, she pointed to polling that shows her wealth tax is popular among Democrats, Republicans and independents, and said many Americans share her mistrust of large corporations like Amazon and Chevron.“We may disagree sometimes, but we are in this fight together to build a better America,” Warren said.No to ‘Factionalism’On Sunday, Warren called out Sanders after a report in Politico that he had instructed his campaign volunteers to tell voters leaning toward her that she would only appeal to “highly-educated, more affluent people” and is “bringing no new bases” into the party.“We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016 and we can’t have a repeat of that,” Warren told reporters in Marshalltown on Sunday. “We need someone who will bring our party together.”Warren largely stuck to her campaign message at her events in Iowa this weekend: fight corruption, take the influence of money out of Washington and push for “big structural change” to America’s economic system to address issues affecting working-class families.To convince voters that her plans are viable, Warren recalled the challenges and opposition she faced from banks when she pitched her idea for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the Obama administration.“Why can’t you make it happen? Because it hasn’t happened before?” Warren asked the crowd at a town hall in Mason City. “Well, here’s my view of the world: It’s going to happen now because it has to happen now. This country is in a crisis.”Katie Porter, a U.S. representative from California who is a fifth-generation Iowan, made several campaign stops on Warren’s behalf around the state, including a house party with undecided voters in Cedar Rapids.Porter won a historically Republican district in 2018, and was one of a record number of women who won House seats during the midterms. At the town hall in Mason City, she offered voters nail polish in the campaign’s liberty green color if they committed to caucusing for Warren.Porter, who took Warren’s classes a law student at Harvard, said Warren has been on the side of working families for the majority of her career.“Do you know what Elizabeth talked about that very first day of class? She talked about the exact same thing that she’s talking about every single day of this campaign,” Porter said.The CNN/Des Moines Register Iowa poll had some good news for Warren: Her favorability ratings were high, and almost half of caucus goers said they could be persuaded to support a different candidate. But Warren’s national polling paints a different picture. She polls at 14.8%, trailing Biden at 29% and Sanders at 20%, according to Real Clear Politics’ average.Momentum SlowedThroughout the summer, Warren’s momentum in Iowa seemed unstoppable. She drew larger crowds than any other candidate at events like the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding or the Polk County steak fry. In September, she overtook Biden for the lead in the Iowa poll.But then her surge stalled, as Warren struggled to answer questions about how she would fund her Medicare For All plan. Under pressure from her rivals to be more specific, she spelled out a financing mechanism, and later came out with a proposal that would delay her health care overhaul until her third year in office.By November, a poll showed Buttigieg in the lead in Iowa. Warren’s campaign made changes, opening her town halls to more voter questions. She also tempered her rhetoric on Medicare for All. By the end of the year, her polling had slipped and her fundraising had dipped. Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg all raised more money than her in the final quarter of 2019.Warren is set to face off at the debate stage on Tuesday against five other candidates -- Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer -- giving her a chance to make her mark before the caucus.“It’s a high stakes game here and she needs to turn some people’s minds around very quickly. For Iowa, this is going to be the last big opportunity,” said Patty Judge, a former lieutenant governor and secretary of agriculture of Iowa.Warren needs to “get more aggressive, Judge added. “She is a person that will interrupt mid-sentence to tell you what she thinks. That’s just Elizabeth.”To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Ian FisherFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren barnstormed across Iowa this weekend, seeking to put to rest questions about her electability and her ability to build a coalition to defeat Donald Trump.With less than a month before the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucuses, the Massachusetts senator is trying to regain her momentum in a state where she had been the front-runner in the fall. A Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll released Friday showed Bernie Sanders in the lead in Iowa, while Warren was virtually tied with Pete Buttigieg. National front-runner Joe Biden was in fourth place.As her campaign put on about 15 events in the state ahead of the Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines on Tuesday, she portrayed herself as the most effective Democratic standard-bearer against Trump in November. She sought to reassure caucus goers that her sweeping progressive agenda wouldn’t be an impediment to building a broad coalition if she became the Democratic nominee.“All I can say is, Democrats, get a better sales pitch,” she said in Mason City, Iowa, on Saturday. “Fear doesn’t win. Courage and vision win.”Weak Minority SupportWarren has weak support among African-Americans and other minority voters, who form a crucial segment of the Democratic electorate. She has also seen her advantage among women voters slip, though she maintains a base of mostly white, older progressive supporters.She was joined in Iowa by surrogates to help her broaden her appeal. Julian Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 race earlier this year, campaigned with her Sunday in Marshalltown, where more than a third of the population is Hispanic. Castro pitched Warren as a unity candidate who could bring together a diverse coalition.“She knows what it’s like to struggle,” said Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama administration. “She’s about making sure that no matter who you are in this country that you have a fair shot. She can bring this party together.”Warren also faced questions about her ability to get voters across the ideological spectrum on board with her progressive proposals. At a town hall in Mason City on Saturday, she pointed to polling that shows her wealth tax is popular among Democrats, Republicans and independents, and said many Americans share her mistrust of large corporations like Amazon and Chevron.“We may disagree sometimes, but we are in this fight together to build a better America,” Warren said.No to ‘Factionalism’On Sunday, Warren called out Sanders after a report in Politico that he had instructed his campaign volunteers to tell voters leaning toward her that she would only appeal to “highly-educated, more affluent people” and is “bringing no new bases” into the party.“We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016 and we can’t have a repeat of that,” Warren told reporters in Marshalltown on Sunday. “We need someone who will bring our party together.”Warren largely stuck to her campaign message at her events in Iowa this weekend: fight corruption, take the influence of money out of Washington and push for “big structural change” to America’s economic system to address issues affecting working-class families.To convince voters that her plans are viable, Warren recalled the challenges and opposition she faced from banks when she pitched her idea for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the Obama administration.“Why can’t you make it happen? Because it hasn’t happened before?” Warren asked the crowd at a town hall in Mason City. “Well, here’s my view of the world: It’s going to happen now because it has to happen now. This country is in a crisis.”Katie Porter, a U.S. representative from California who is a fifth-generation Iowan, made several campaign stops on Warren’s behalf around the state, including a house party with undecided voters in Cedar Rapids.Porter won a historically Republican district in 2018, and was one of a record number of women who won House seats during the midterms. At the town hall in Mason City, she offered voters nail polish in the campaign’s liberty green color if they committed to caucusing for Warren.Porter, who took Warren’s classes a law student at Harvard, said Warren has been on the side of working families for the majority of her career.“Do you know what Elizabeth talked about that very first day of class? She talked about the exact same thing that she’s talking about every single day of this campaign,” Porter said.The CNN/Des Moines Register Iowa poll had some good news for Warren: Her favorability ratings were high, and almost half of caucus goers said they could be persuaded to support a different candidate. But Warren’s national polling paints a different picture. She polls at 14.8%, trailing Biden at 29% and Sanders at 20%, according to Real Clear Politics’ average.Momentum SlowedThroughout the summer, Warren’s momentum in Iowa seemed unstoppable. She drew larger crowds than any other candidate at events like the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding or the Polk County steak fry. In September, she overtook Biden for the lead in the Iowa poll.But then her surge stalled, as Warren struggled to answer questions about how she would fund her Medicare For All plan. Under pressure from her rivals to be more specific, she spelled out a financing mechanism, and later came out with a proposal that would delay her health care overhaul until her third year in office.By November, a poll showed Buttigieg in the lead in Iowa. Warren’s campaign made changes, opening her town halls to more voter questions. She also tempered her rhetoric on Medicare for All. By the end of the year, her polling had slipped and her fundraising had dipped. Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg all raised more money than her in the final quarter of 2019.Warren is set to face off at the debate stage on Tuesday against five other candidates -- Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer -- giving her a chance to make her mark before the caucus.“It’s a high stakes game here and she needs to turn some people’s minds around very quickly. For Iowa, this is going to be the last big opportunity,” said Patty Judge, a former lieutenant governor and secretary of agriculture of Iowa.Warren needs to “get more aggressive, Judge added. “She is a person that will interrupt mid-sentence to tell you what she thinks. That’s just Elizabeth.”To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Ian FisherFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 49/81   China's Communist Party expels ex-chairman of China Development Bank
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    A former chairman of the China Development Bank, Hu Huaibang, has been expelled from the country's ruling Communist Party for serious violations of discipline, the party's graft watchdog said on Saturday.  An investigation found that Hu had 'lost his ideals and convictions' and had committed violations such as using his post to illegally benefit others, abusing his power, and allowing his family members to 'complain about property', said the statement by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).  The CCDI also said it would seize his illegal income and transfer his case to the judicial bodies.

    A former chairman of the China Development Bank, Hu Huaibang, has been expelled from the country's ruling Communist Party for serious violations of discipline, the party's graft watchdog said on Saturday. An investigation found that Hu had 'lost his ideals and convictions' and had committed violations such as using his post to illegally benefit others, abusing his power, and allowing his family members to 'complain about property', said the statement by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). The CCDI also said it would seize his illegal income and transfer his case to the judicial bodies.


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  • 50/81   Four wounded in attack on Iraqi military base housing U.S. forces
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    Four people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on Balad air base in Iraq, which houses U.S. personnel.

    Four people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on Balad air base in Iraq, which houses U.S. personnel.


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  • 51/81   In the words of a general: how Iran downed airliner
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    The aerospace commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday accepted full responsibility for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet.  In remarks aired on state television, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said the missile operator who fired on the plane did so independently because of communications 'jamming'.  It came as Iran acknowledged the Boeing 737 had been shot down, after denying for days Western claims that it was likely to have been brought down by a missile.

    The aerospace commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday accepted full responsibility for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet. In remarks aired on state television, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said the missile operator who fired on the plane did so independently because of communications 'jamming'. It came as Iran acknowledged the Boeing 737 had been shot down, after denying for days Western claims that it was likely to have been brought down by a missile.


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  • 52/81   How's Your Internship Going? This Teen Found a Planet
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    The summer before senior year of high school can be a stressful time for a teenager. Childhood is winding down. College applications loom large. Many students are looking for an edge that will help them get into the right school. Last year, Wolf Cukier, 17, spent his summer vacation as few other rising seniors have: He helped discover a planet.Meet TOI 1338 b, the newly identified world orbiting two stars more than 1,300 light years away.Last July, just after he finished his junior year at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York, Wolf started an internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. His job was to scrutinize data that had been beamed back from outer space by TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.A unique aspect of the TESS project is that it invites regular people to volunteer to watch the online transmission for patterns in star brightness that might suggest the existence of a new planet, a sort of crowdsourcing of the universe.During the first week of the internship, as he sifted through data that had been flagged by citizen-scientists, he zeroed in on a system that included two orbiting stars. He identified a body in that system that was later verified as a planet about 6.9 times as large as Earth. His colleagues gave the system a name, TOI 1338, an acronym for TESS Object of Interest, and then called the planet TOI 1338 b."It was awesome," Wolf said in an interview on Friday. "I never expected to find anything. The fact that I found something is cool, and seeing the scientific process and how many people have to work to verify the planet, and techniques for things like that, it is awesome."Wolf had come a long way from peering through the telescope in his room at home in Scarsdale, where light pollution has made it difficult to detect stars.On Monday, scientists involved with the TESS project announced the verification at the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu. It is the first time that the TESS project has discovered a circumbinary planet, which is a planet orbiting two stars, since the two-year program was started in April 2018, a NASA statement said.So far, TOI 1338 b is the only known planet in the system. While NASA's Kepler and K2 missions have previously discovered 12 circumbinary planets, many more of them are expected to be discovered by TESS, the NASA statement said.There is inarguably plenty of space out there to do so."Throughout all of its images, TESS is monitoring millions of stars," said Adina Feinstein, a graduate student at the University of Chicago who was a co-author of the research paper, in the statement.TESS's four cameras, which each capture an image of a patch of sky every 30 minutes, enable scientists to make graphs of changes in the brightness of stars.Any dip in the brightness of a single star is a good indication that a planet has crossed in front of it. But TOI 1338 b was particularly elusive because it involved two stars -- a large star where the planet's transit was easy to detect, and a smaller one where the planet's transit was so small it was not observable.That was where Wolf came in. He initially thought the transit that was later identified as belonging to TOI 1338 b was the smaller star passing in front of the larger one. But the timing seemed off for an eclipse, and Wolf suspected there might be the existence of a planet.The human eye is extremely good at finding such patterns in data, said Veselin Kostov, Wolf's mentor and a research scientist at the SETI Institute and Goddard."These are the types of signals that algorithms really struggle with," he said in the statement.Wolf consulted on his find with his mentor, and a verification process began using archival data from earlier surveys of the system that later became known as TOI 1338. The scientists also enlisted a software package called eleanor -- named after Eleanor Arroway, the central character in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" -- to confirm the transits were real and not a result of instrumental artifacts, the statement said.Wolf plans to study astrophysics when he starts college in September, he said (he hasn't decided where just yet). He said he was humbled by his contribution to the discovery of the new world, emphasizing the team work in the verification process."We identified a promising candidate," he said. "You can't be arrogant. It is a planet, insofar as we can claim any other exoplanet, pretty much."Has he bragged much about the discovery? Not really.It "just doesn't come up in small talk," he said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    The summer before senior year of high school can be a stressful time for a teenager. Childhood is winding down. College applications loom large. Many students are looking for an edge that will help them get into the right school. Last year, Wolf Cukier, 17, spent his summer vacation as few other rising seniors have: He helped discover a planet.Meet TOI 1338 b, the newly identified world orbiting two stars more than 1,300 light years away.Last July, just after he finished his junior year at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York, Wolf started an internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. His job was to scrutinize data that had been beamed back from outer space by TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.A unique aspect of the TESS project is that it invites regular people to volunteer to watch the online transmission for patterns in star brightness that might suggest the existence of a new planet, a sort of crowdsourcing of the universe.During the first week of the internship, as he sifted through data that had been flagged by citizen-scientists, he zeroed in on a system that included two orbiting stars. He identified a body in that system that was later verified as a planet about 6.9 times as large as Earth. His colleagues gave the system a name, TOI 1338, an acronym for TESS Object of Interest, and then called the planet TOI 1338 b."It was awesome," Wolf said in an interview on Friday. "I never expected to find anything. The fact that I found something is cool, and seeing the scientific process and how many people have to work to verify the planet, and techniques for things like that, it is awesome."Wolf had come a long way from peering through the telescope in his room at home in Scarsdale, where light pollution has made it difficult to detect stars.On Monday, scientists involved with the TESS project announced the verification at the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu. It is the first time that the TESS project has discovered a circumbinary planet, which is a planet orbiting two stars, since the two-year program was started in April 2018, a NASA statement said.So far, TOI 1338 b is the only known planet in the system. While NASA's Kepler and K2 missions have previously discovered 12 circumbinary planets, many more of them are expected to be discovered by TESS, the NASA statement said.There is inarguably plenty of space out there to do so."Throughout all of its images, TESS is monitoring millions of stars," said Adina Feinstein, a graduate student at the University of Chicago who was a co-author of the research paper, in the statement.TESS's four cameras, which each capture an image of a patch of sky every 30 minutes, enable scientists to make graphs of changes in the brightness of stars.Any dip in the brightness of a single star is a good indication that a planet has crossed in front of it. But TOI 1338 b was particularly elusive because it involved two stars -- a large star where the planet's transit was easy to detect, and a smaller one where the planet's transit was so small it was not observable.That was where Wolf came in. He initially thought the transit that was later identified as belonging to TOI 1338 b was the smaller star passing in front of the larger one. But the timing seemed off for an eclipse, and Wolf suspected there might be the existence of a planet.The human eye is extremely good at finding such patterns in data, said Veselin Kostov, Wolf's mentor and a research scientist at the SETI Institute and Goddard."These are the types of signals that algorithms really struggle with," he said in the statement.Wolf consulted on his find with his mentor, and a verification process began using archival data from earlier surveys of the system that later became known as TOI 1338. The scientists also enlisted a software package called eleanor -- named after Eleanor Arroway, the central character in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" -- to confirm the transits were real and not a result of instrumental artifacts, the statement said.Wolf plans to study astrophysics when he starts college in September, he said (he hasn't decided where just yet). He said he was humbled by his contribution to the discovery of the new world, emphasizing the team work in the verification process."We identified a promising candidate," he said. "You can't be arrogant. It is a planet, insofar as we can claim any other exoplanet, pretty much."Has he bragged much about the discovery? Not really.It "just doesn't come up in small talk," he said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 53/81   Residents of San Francisco's Treasure Island believe nuclear contamination has made them sick for years. The site is getting 8,000 new homes.
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    A developer is planning to build 8,000 residential units on Treasure Island, a formal Naval site that once hosted nuclear-training exercises.

    A developer is planning to build 8,000 residential units on Treasure Island, a formal Naval site that once hosted nuclear-training exercises.


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  • 54/81   NASA kicks off a new space tradition with glitzy astronaut graduation ceremony
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    Over the course of six decades, NASA has celebrated the selection of its astronauts in groups ranging from the Mercury 7 of 1959 to the Turtles of 2017 — but there's never been much of a public celebration for their graduation from astronaut training. Until today. The 11 astronaut candidates selected in 2017, plus two Canadian astronauts who joined them in training, received a grand send-off at Johnson Space Center in Texas from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other VIPs to mark their eligibility for assignment to future space missions. NASA raised the graduation ceremony's public profile in part to… Read More

    Over the course of six decades, NASA has celebrated the selection of its astronauts in groups ranging from the Mercury 7 of 1959 to the Turtles of 2017 — but there's never been much of a public celebration for their graduation from astronaut training. Until today. The 11 astronaut candidates selected in 2017, plus two Canadian astronauts who joined them in training, received a grand send-off at Johnson Space Center in Texas from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other VIPs to mark their eligibility for assignment to future space missions. NASA raised the graduation ceremony's public profile in part to… Read More


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  • 55/81   One of the biggest meteorite crashes in Earth's history flung debris across 3 continents 800,000 years ago. Scientists finally found the crater.
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    Scientists may have solved the geological mystery of what happened to an 800-year-old meteorite that blanketed 10% of the Earth in debris.

    Scientists may have solved the geological mystery of what happened to an 800-year-old meteorite that blanketed 10% of the Earth in debris.


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  • 56/81   A full-scale nuclear winter would trigger a global famine. A disaster expert put together a doomsday diet to save humanity.
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    Disaster planner David Denkenberger suggests eating foods that can grow without much light, like mushrooms and seaweed.

    Disaster planner David Denkenberger suggests eating foods that can grow without much light, like mushrooms and seaweed.


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  • 57/81   Dispensed: What we're looking out for at the biggest healthcare investor conference, One Medical's going public, and biotech surprises
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    In this week's newsletter, a look at what we'll be watching out for at the biggest healthcare industry conference of the year.

    In this week's newsletter, a look at what we'll be watching out for at the biggest healthcare industry conference of the year.


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  • 58/81   10 ways your parents' behaviors shaped who you are today
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    If your mother juggled multiple jobs, you're likely to get stressed. If your parents set high expectations for you, you probably did better in school.

    If your mother juggled multiple jobs, you're likely to get stressed. If your parents set high expectations for you, you probably did better in school.


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  • 59/81   Medical officials in Ohio are deciding whether fans of the dismal Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns can qualify for medical marijuana
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    Neither team has won a playoff game since 1995, and both have averaged five or fewer wins per season for the last three years.

    Neither team has won a playoff game since 1995, and both have averaged five or fewer wins per season for the last three years.


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  • 60/81   NASA and Boeing lay out time frame for reviewing Starliner’s flawed flight and planning next steps
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    NASA says it's working with Boeing to set up an independent investigation team to review last month's less-than-perfect maiden flight of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi, and is considering whether another uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station will be required. The uncrewed Starliner capsule had a successful launch and landing, but missed out on its space station rendezvous due to a software glitch. The glitch threw a mission elapsed timer 11 hours out of sync, resulting in the failure to execute an automated engine firing that was required to put the craft on the right orbital course. Docking… Read More

    NASA says it's working with Boeing to set up an independent investigation team to review last month's less-than-perfect maiden flight of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi, and is considering whether another uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station will be required. The uncrewed Starliner capsule had a successful launch and landing, but missed out on its space station rendezvous due to a software glitch. The glitch threw a mission elapsed timer 11 hours out of sync, resulting in the failure to execute an automated engine firing that was required to put the craft on the right orbital course. Docking… Read More


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  • 61/81   How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia's Bush Fire Debate
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    WOMBEYAN CAVES, Australia -- Deep in the burning forests south of Sydney this week, volunteer firefighters were clearing a track through the woods, hoping to hold back a nearby blaze, when one of them shouted over the crunching of bulldozers."Don't take photos of any trees coming down," he said. "The greenies will get a hold of it, and it'll all be over."The idea that "greenies" or environmentalists would oppose measures to prevent fires from ravaging homes and lives is simply false. But the comment reflects a narrative that's been promoted for months by conservative Australian media outlets, especially the influential newspapers and television stations owned by Rupert Murdoch.And it's far from the only Murdoch-fueled claim making the rounds. His standard-bearing national newspaper, The Australian, has also repeatedly argued that this year's fires are no worse than those of the past -- not true, scientists say, noting that 12 million acres have burned so far, with 2019 alone scorching more of New South Wales than the previous 15 years combined.And on Wednesday, Murdoch's News Corp., the largest media company in Australia, was found to be part of another wave of misinformation. An independent study found online bots and trolls exaggerating the role of arson in the fires, at the same time that an article in The Australian making similar assertions became the most popular offering on the newspaper's website.It's all part of what critics see as a relentless effort led by the powerful media outlet to do what it has also done in the United States and Britain -- shift blame to the left, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change."It's really reckless and extremely harmful," said Joelle Gergis, an award-winning climate scientist at the Australian National University. "It's insidious because it grows. Once you plant those seeds of doubt, it stops an important conversation from taking place."News Corp. denied playing such a role. "Our coverage has recognized Australia is having a conversation about climate change and how to respond to it," the company said in an email. "The role of arsonists and policies that may have contributed to the spread of fire are, however, legitimate stories to report in the public interest."Yet, for many critics, the Murdoch approach suddenly looks dangerous. They are increasingly connecting News Corp. to the spread of misinformation and the government's lackluster response to the fires. They argue that the company and the coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison are responsible -- together, as a team -- for the failure to protect a country that scientists say is more vulnerable to climate change than any other developed nation.Editors and columnists for News Corp. were among the loudest defenders of Morrison after he faced blowback for vacationing in Hawaii as the worst of the fire season kicked off in December.In late December, the Oz, as the News Corp.-owned paper is known here, heavily promoted an interview with the government's energy minister, Angus Taylor, warning that "top-down" pressure from the United Nations to address climate change would fail -- followed by an opinion piece from Taylor on New Year's Eve.Other News Corp. outlets followed a similar playbook. Melbourne's Herald Sun, for example, pushed news of the bush fires to page four on New Year's Eve, even as they threatened to devastate towns nearby and push thick smoke into the city.Days later, residents in a town nearly flattened by the fires heckled and snubbed Morrison during a visit to assess the damage. A new hire for Murdoch's Sky News channel, Chris Smith, branded them "ferals" -- slang for unkempt country hobos.As is often the case at Murdoch outlets around the world, there have been exceptions to the company line -- a story about Australian golfer Greg Norman's declaration that "there is climate change taking place"; an interview with an international expert who explained why this year's fires are unique.But a search for "climate change" in the main Murdoch outlets mostly yields stories condemning protesters who demand more aggressive action from the government; editorials arguing against "radical climate change policy"; and opinion columns emphasizing the need for more backburning to control fires -- if only the left-wing greenies would allow it to happen.The Australian Greens party has made clear that it supports such hazard-reduction burns, issuing a statement online saying so.Climate scientists do acknowledge that there is room for improvement when it comes to burning the branches and dead trees on the ground that can fuel fires. But they also say that no amount of preventive burning will offset the impact of rising temperatures that accelerate evaporation, dry out land and make already-arid Australia a tinderbox.Even fire officials report that most of the offseason burns they want to do are not hindered by land-use laws, but by weather -- including the lengthier fire season and more extreme precipitation in winter that scientists attribute to climate change.Still, the Murdoch outlets continue to resist. "It is too soon to reach conclusions about what is causing the fires," said an editorial on Monday in the Bairnsdale Advertiser, one of the many small regional papers owned by News Corp. It went on to say that Morrison prefers to wait "until the full story is told," as if there were doubt about climate change's role -- a stance that fits hand in glove with government officials' frequent dismissals of the "bogey man of climate change."It's that echoing between officialdom and Murdoch media that has many people so concerned."Leaders should be held to account and they should be held to account by the media," said Penny D. Sackett, a physicist, astronomer and former chief scientist for Australia.Dr. Timothy Graham, a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, who conducted the study of Twitter accounts exaggerating the role of arson in Australia's fires, said media companies also needed to be cognizant of the disinformation ecosystem and stop contributing to the problem. That includes mainstream outlets, like the Australian Broadcasting Corp., sharing inaccurate maps that exaggerate the reach of the fires.But in the case of the arson issue, he said, scores of bots and trolls -- many of which previously posted support for President Donald Trump -- have joined conservative media like the Murdoch outlets in promoting the idea that Australia's fires were not a "climate emergency" but an "arson emergency.""Maybe 3% to 5% of fires could be attributed to arson, that's what scientists tell us -- nevertheless, media outlets, especially those that tend to be partisan, jump on that," Graham said.Of course, it is often hard to know just how much influence any media company has. Gerard Henderson, a columnist for The Australian, said he didn't think there was much need to address climate change because it was already a focal point across the rest of the media."It's hard to distract from climate change because it's spoken about constantly," he said.But there are signs that the Murdoch message is making headway -- at least in terms of what people prioritize. Many firefighters working the smoky hills south of Sydney hesitated to state their views on climate change this week (some said they were told by senior leaders to avoid the issue). But they were quick to argue for more backburning.Similarly, in Bairnsdale, Tina Moon, whose farm was devastated by the fires, said she was mostly furious about the government's failure to clear the land around her property."I don't think it's climate change," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    WOMBEYAN CAVES, Australia -- Deep in the burning forests south of Sydney this week, volunteer firefighters were clearing a track through the woods, hoping to hold back a nearby blaze, when one of them shouted over the crunching of bulldozers."Don't take photos of any trees coming down," he said. "The greenies will get a hold of it, and it'll all be over."The idea that "greenies" or environmentalists would oppose measures to prevent fires from ravaging homes and lives is simply false. But the comment reflects a narrative that's been promoted for months by conservative Australian media outlets, especially the influential newspapers and television stations owned by Rupert Murdoch.And it's far from the only Murdoch-fueled claim making the rounds. His standard-bearing national newspaper, The Australian, has also repeatedly argued that this year's fires are no worse than those of the past -- not true, scientists say, noting that 12 million acres have burned so far, with 2019 alone scorching more of New South Wales than the previous 15 years combined.And on Wednesday, Murdoch's News Corp., the largest media company in Australia, was found to be part of another wave of misinformation. An independent study found online bots and trolls exaggerating the role of arson in the fires, at the same time that an article in The Australian making similar assertions became the most popular offering on the newspaper's website.It's all part of what critics see as a relentless effort led by the powerful media outlet to do what it has also done in the United States and Britain -- shift blame to the left, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change."It's really reckless and extremely harmful," said Joelle Gergis, an award-winning climate scientist at the Australian National University. "It's insidious because it grows. Once you plant those seeds of doubt, it stops an important conversation from taking place."News Corp. denied playing such a role. "Our coverage has recognized Australia is having a conversation about climate change and how to respond to it," the company said in an email. "The role of arsonists and policies that may have contributed to the spread of fire are, however, legitimate stories to report in the public interest."Yet, for many critics, the Murdoch approach suddenly looks dangerous. They are increasingly connecting News Corp. to the spread of misinformation and the government's lackluster response to the fires. They argue that the company and the coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison are responsible -- together, as a team -- for the failure to protect a country that scientists say is more vulnerable to climate change than any other developed nation.Editors and columnists for News Corp. were among the loudest defenders of Morrison after he faced blowback for vacationing in Hawaii as the worst of the fire season kicked off in December.In late December, the Oz, as the News Corp.-owned paper is known here, heavily promoted an interview with the government's energy minister, Angus Taylor, warning that "top-down" pressure from the United Nations to address climate change would fail -- followed by an opinion piece from Taylor on New Year's Eve.Other News Corp. outlets followed a similar playbook. Melbourne's Herald Sun, for example, pushed news of the bush fires to page four on New Year's Eve, even as they threatened to devastate towns nearby and push thick smoke into the city.Days later, residents in a town nearly flattened by the fires heckled and snubbed Morrison during a visit to assess the damage. A new hire for Murdoch's Sky News channel, Chris Smith, branded them "ferals" -- slang for unkempt country hobos.As is often the case at Murdoch outlets around the world, there have been exceptions to the company line -- a story about Australian golfer Greg Norman's declaration that "there is climate change taking place"; an interview with an international expert who explained why this year's fires are unique.But a search for "climate change" in the main Murdoch outlets mostly yields stories condemning protesters who demand more aggressive action from the government; editorials arguing against "radical climate change policy"; and opinion columns emphasizing the need for more backburning to control fires -- if only the left-wing greenies would allow it to happen.The Australian Greens party has made clear that it supports such hazard-reduction burns, issuing a statement online saying so.Climate scientists do acknowledge that there is room for improvement when it comes to burning the branches and dead trees on the ground that can fuel fires. But they also say that no amount of preventive burning will offset the impact of rising temperatures that accelerate evaporation, dry out land and make already-arid Australia a tinderbox.Even fire officials report that most of the offseason burns they want to do are not hindered by land-use laws, but by weather -- including the lengthier fire season and more extreme precipitation in winter that scientists attribute to climate change.Still, the Murdoch outlets continue to resist. "It is too soon to reach conclusions about what is causing the fires," said an editorial on Monday in the Bairnsdale Advertiser, one of the many small regional papers owned by News Corp. It went on to say that Morrison prefers to wait "until the full story is told," as if there were doubt about climate change's role -- a stance that fits hand in glove with government officials' frequent dismissals of the "bogey man of climate change."It's that echoing between officialdom and Murdoch media that has many people so concerned."Leaders should be held to account and they should be held to account by the media," said Penny D. Sackett, a physicist, astronomer and former chief scientist for Australia.Dr. Timothy Graham, a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, who conducted the study of Twitter accounts exaggerating the role of arson in Australia's fires, said media companies also needed to be cognizant of the disinformation ecosystem and stop contributing to the problem. That includes mainstream outlets, like the Australian Broadcasting Corp., sharing inaccurate maps that exaggerate the reach of the fires.But in the case of the arson issue, he said, scores of bots and trolls -- many of which previously posted support for President Donald Trump -- have joined conservative media like the Murdoch outlets in promoting the idea that Australia's fires were not a "climate emergency" but an "arson emergency.""Maybe 3% to 5% of fires could be attributed to arson, that's what scientists tell us -- nevertheless, media outlets, especially those that tend to be partisan, jump on that," Graham said.Of course, it is often hard to know just how much influence any media company has. Gerard Henderson, a columnist for The Australian, said he didn't think there was much need to address climate change because it was already a focal point across the rest of the media."It's hard to distract from climate change because it's spoken about constantly," he said.But there are signs that the Murdoch message is making headway -- at least in terms of what people prioritize. Many firefighters working the smoky hills south of Sydney hesitated to state their views on climate change this week (some said they were told by senior leaders to avoid the issue). But they were quick to argue for more backburning.Similarly, in Bairnsdale, Tina Moon, whose farm was devastated by the fires, said she was mostly furious about the government's failure to clear the land around her property."I don't think it's climate change," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 62/81   Trump Called Out For His Hypocrisy Championing A Free Press — In Iran
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    "We know that he wants reporters to roam free in Iran,” GOP presidential challenger Bill Weld said. But in America, "he says a free press is the enemy of the people."

    "We know that he wants reporters to roam free in Iran,” GOP presidential challenger Bill Weld said. But in America, "he says a free press is the enemy of the people."


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  • 63/81   Anger and grief as Canada remembers Iran plane crash victims
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    Thousands of people attended vigils Sunday in Canada for the 57 Canadian victims of the Ukrainian airliner crash in Iran, most of them from the Iranian community.  'We want to assure all families and all Canadians that we will not rest until there are answers,' he said.  Six university students were killed when the Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed on January 8, shortly after takeoff from Tehran's airport.

    Thousands of people attended vigils Sunday in Canada for the 57 Canadian victims of the Ukrainian airliner crash in Iran, most of them from the Iranian community. 'We want to assure all families and all Canadians that we will not rest until there are answers,' he said. Six university students were killed when the Ukraine International Airlines flight crashed on January 8, shortly after takeoff from Tehran's airport.


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  • 64/81   No Soul Searching for Xi Jinping After Taiwan Rebuffs China in Election
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    (Bloomberg) -- In a democracy, two resounding election defeats in a matter of months might prompt some soul searching in the losing camp.In China, however, a snub at the polls in territories it claims is more a minor setback rather than a sign of a flawed strategy. President Xi Jinping’s government showed that yet again in the wake of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s landside win on Saturday, which came shortly after Hong Kong’s pro-democracy forces gave Beijing a black eye in a November election.“This temporary counter-current is just a bubble under the tide of the times,” the official state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary after Tsai’s win. Blaming “anti-China political forces in the West” and calling the election a “fluke,” it warned that “reunification cannot be stopped by any force or anyone.”China’s response signals it would maintain a hard line during Tsai’s second term, using its clout as the world’s second-biggest economy to lure Taipei’s 15 remaining formal diplomatic partners and offer further incentives to Taiwanese businesses. It could also flex its increasing military strength by stepping up air force and naval patrols around the island.But just as China’s uncompromising approach in Hong Kong has strengthened the city’s pro-democracy forces, so far its tough approach to Taiwan has only reduced support for its stated goal of unification. Tsai saw her poll numbers surge after her vocal backing of Hong Kong’s protests, which have widespread support in Taiwan.“I doubt that Beijing will reflect on the meaning of President Tsai’s victory, but will double down on the coercive policies it deployed during her first term,” said Richard Bush, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former head of the American Institute in Taiwan. “Beijing sees the Trump administration, and not President Tsai, as the more dangerous variable here. It will push back harder against U.S. initiatives to help Taiwan.”Saturday’s election victory by Tsai’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party amounted to its fourth win over Taiwan’s China-friendly opposition in six elections since 2000. She secured 57% of the vote, compared with 39% for Han Kuo-yu, whose Kuomintang party oversaw a historic expansion of cross-strait economic ties in the 1990s. Her party also held onto its majority in the legislature, albeit with a reduced margin.In her first public appearances after the win, Tsai signaled she was bracing for Beijing’s wrath by meeting local envoys from China’s biggest rivals, the U.S. and Japan. While it’s extremely unlikely Tsai would assert the island’s formal independence, a move that could trigger war, she has angered Beijing by refusing to accept the belief that both sides are part of “one China.”“In the past three years, Taiwan has refused to bow to pressure, but also refrained from provocation or rash behavior when it comes to cross-strait relations,” Tsai told the Japanese delegation Sunday in Taipei. “In the future, we will continue to take this same approach.”U.S. SupportAny resolution of Taiwan’s status risks bringing China into a direct military conflict with the U.S., the island’s main ally and arms supplier. Support for Taipei has surged in Washington since President Donald Trump held an unprecedented phone call with Tsai, dubbed China a “strategic competitor” and launched a bruising trade war against Xi’s government.While a formal trade deal with the U.S. remains elusive, Taiwan has emerged as one of the surprise beneficiaries of the trade war, with its companies securing orders worth billions of dollars from American customers forced to seek alternative suppliers outside China. The Trump administration, among other things, also approved an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan last year, the first such deal in almost 30 years.“The American people and the people of Taiwan are not just partners -- we are members of the same community of democracies, bonded by our shared political, economic, and international values,” U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement after the election. Similar remarks from prominent Democrats suggest such support for Taiwan will endure regardless of the outcome of U.S.’s own election in November.Military OptionThe U.S.’s involvement makes it particularly difficult for Xi to take a softer approach, since the Communist Party has promised to restore what it believes was its rightful territory before a “century of humiliation” at the hands of colonial powers. Earlier this month, China appointed an official that analysts described as a “strong man” to replace its top representative in Hong Kong, after a historic defeat for Beijing loyalists in local elections.In a speech last year, Xi reaffirmed Beijing’s desire to govern Taiwan under the same “one country, two systems” framework as Hong Kong. Taiwan’s election outcome would only embolden those in Beijing who favor asserting control over the island by force, according to one Chinese official who asked not to be named speculating about internal policy discussions.“The status of Taiwan is not up to the 23 million people in Taiwan to decide by themselves,” said Gao Zhikai, a former Chinese diplomat and interpreter for late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. “One way or another this issue will need to come to a head. Everyone hopes it will be peaceful, but eventually if this fails there may be other solutions.”Hearts and MindsWhile the Communist Party-led government in Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory, it has never controlled the island. China’s former Nationalist government under Chiang Kai-shek assumed power over Taiwan from the Japanese after World War II. It later became a refuge for Chiang and his troops as they fled the Communists at the end of China’s civil war in 1949.Xi’s hard line against Taiwan and Hong Kong may appeal to the almost 1.4 billion people already living under direct Communist Party rule in the mainland. Aided by decades of nationalist education and the world’s most sophisticated censorship regime, Beijing has so far enjoyed broad domestic support for its policies in both territories.But that approach has backfired among the people that China wants to control. Beijing’s belligerent tone has failed to win the hearts and minds of the public and left “China with no serious allies in Taiwan, not even those who want to promote peaceful unification,” according to Chang Ya-chung, a professor of political science at National Taiwan University who is among the minority in Taiwan that support unification.“The Chinese Communist Party leadership seems to be falling for its own propaganda and underestimating the challenges it faces in seeking to occupy Taiwan,” said Alex Joske, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute who focuses on Chinese Communist Party influence operations. “Its attempts to interfere in Taiwan appear to have sowed division in society, but haven’t successfully changed the outcome of this election.”\--With assistance from Miaojung Lin.To contact the reporters on this story: Samson Ellis in Taipei at sellis29@bloomberg.net;Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: John Liu at jliu42@bloomberg.net, ;Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Brendan ScottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- In a democracy, two resounding election defeats in a matter of months might prompt some soul searching in the losing camp.In China, however, a snub at the polls in territories it claims is more a minor setback rather than a sign of a flawed strategy. President Xi Jinping’s government showed that yet again in the wake of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s landside win on Saturday, which came shortly after Hong Kong’s pro-democracy forces gave Beijing a black eye in a November election.“This temporary counter-current is just a bubble under the tide of the times,” the official state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary after Tsai’s win. Blaming “anti-China political forces in the West” and calling the election a “fluke,” it warned that “reunification cannot be stopped by any force or anyone.”China’s response signals it would maintain a hard line during Tsai’s second term, using its clout as the world’s second-biggest economy to lure Taipei’s 15 remaining formal diplomatic partners and offer further incentives to Taiwanese businesses. It could also flex its increasing military strength by stepping up air force and naval patrols around the island.But just as China’s uncompromising approach in Hong Kong has strengthened the city’s pro-democracy forces, so far its tough approach to Taiwan has only reduced support for its stated goal of unification. Tsai saw her poll numbers surge after her vocal backing of Hong Kong’s protests, which have widespread support in Taiwan.“I doubt that Beijing will reflect on the meaning of President Tsai’s victory, but will double down on the coercive policies it deployed during her first term,” said Richard Bush, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former head of the American Institute in Taiwan. “Beijing sees the Trump administration, and not President Tsai, as the more dangerous variable here. It will push back harder against U.S. initiatives to help Taiwan.”Saturday’s election victory by Tsai’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party amounted to its fourth win over Taiwan’s China-friendly opposition in six elections since 2000. She secured 57% of the vote, compared with 39% for Han Kuo-yu, whose Kuomintang party oversaw a historic expansion of cross-strait economic ties in the 1990s. Her party also held onto its majority in the legislature, albeit with a reduced margin.In her first public appearances after the win, Tsai signaled she was bracing for Beijing’s wrath by meeting local envoys from China’s biggest rivals, the U.S. and Japan. While it’s extremely unlikely Tsai would assert the island’s formal independence, a move that could trigger war, she has angered Beijing by refusing to accept the belief that both sides are part of “one China.”“In the past three years, Taiwan has refused to bow to pressure, but also refrained from provocation or rash behavior when it comes to cross-strait relations,” Tsai told the Japanese delegation Sunday in Taipei. “In the future, we will continue to take this same approach.”U.S. SupportAny resolution of Taiwan’s status risks bringing China into a direct military conflict with the U.S., the island’s main ally and arms supplier. Support for Taipei has surged in Washington since President Donald Trump held an unprecedented phone call with Tsai, dubbed China a “strategic competitor” and launched a bruising trade war against Xi’s government.While a formal trade deal with the U.S. remains elusive, Taiwan has emerged as one of the surprise beneficiaries of the trade war, with its companies securing orders worth billions of dollars from American customers forced to seek alternative suppliers outside China. The Trump administration, among other things, also approved an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan last year, the first such deal in almost 30 years.“The American people and the people of Taiwan are not just partners -- we are members of the same community of democracies, bonded by our shared political, economic, and international values,” U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement after the election. Similar remarks from prominent Democrats suggest such support for Taiwan will endure regardless of the outcome of U.S.’s own election in November.Military OptionThe U.S.’s involvement makes it particularly difficult for Xi to take a softer approach, since the Communist Party has promised to restore what it believes was its rightful territory before a “century of humiliation” at the hands of colonial powers. Earlier this month, China appointed an official that analysts described as a “strong man” to replace its top representative in Hong Kong, after a historic defeat for Beijing loyalists in local elections.In a speech last year, Xi reaffirmed Beijing’s desire to govern Taiwan under the same “one country, two systems” framework as Hong Kong. Taiwan’s election outcome would only embolden those in Beijing who favor asserting control over the island by force, according to one Chinese official who asked not to be named speculating about internal policy discussions.“The status of Taiwan is not up to the 23 million people in Taiwan to decide by themselves,” said Gao Zhikai, a former Chinese diplomat and interpreter for late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. “One way or another this issue will need to come to a head. Everyone hopes it will be peaceful, but eventually if this fails there may be other solutions.”Hearts and MindsWhile the Communist Party-led government in Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory, it has never controlled the island. China’s former Nationalist government under Chiang Kai-shek assumed power over Taiwan from the Japanese after World War II. It later became a refuge for Chiang and his troops as they fled the Communists at the end of China’s civil war in 1949.Xi’s hard line against Taiwan and Hong Kong may appeal to the almost 1.4 billion people already living under direct Communist Party rule in the mainland. Aided by decades of nationalist education and the world’s most sophisticated censorship regime, Beijing has so far enjoyed broad domestic support for its policies in both territories.But that approach has backfired among the people that China wants to control. Beijing’s belligerent tone has failed to win the hearts and minds of the public and left “China with no serious allies in Taiwan, not even those who want to promote peaceful unification,” according to Chang Ya-chung, a professor of political science at National Taiwan University who is among the minority in Taiwan that support unification.“The Chinese Communist Party leadership seems to be falling for its own propaganda and underestimating the challenges it faces in seeking to occupy Taiwan,” said Alex Joske, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute who focuses on Chinese Communist Party influence operations. “Its attempts to interfere in Taiwan appear to have sowed division in society, but haven’t successfully changed the outcome of this election.”\--With assistance from Miaojung Lin.To contact the reporters on this story: Samson Ellis in Taipei at sellis29@bloomberg.net;Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: John Liu at jliu42@bloomberg.net, ;Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Brendan ScottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 65/81   Canada PM Trudeau: Iran plane families will get answers
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    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday it's been gut-wrenching to listen to stories from relatives of 57 Canadians who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week as he attended one of several memorials across the country.  Speaking at a memorial with a capacity crowd of 2,300 in Edmonton, Alberta, Trudeau said he has learned many of the victims came to Canada in search of new opportunities for their families, but those families are now consumed by grief and outrage.  All 176 on board were killed, including 138 who were headed for Canada.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday it's been gut-wrenching to listen to stories from relatives of 57 Canadians who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week as he attended one of several memorials across the country. Speaking at a memorial with a capacity crowd of 2,300 in Edmonton, Alberta, Trudeau said he has learned many of the victims came to Canada in search of new opportunities for their families, but those families are now consumed by grief and outrage. All 176 on board were killed, including 138 who were headed for Canada.


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  • 66/81   7 bombs struck an Iraqi joint military base housing US soldiers, wounding 4
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    The attack comes just days after two military bases in Iraq that house US forces were targeted by Iran as tensions between the countries escalated.

    The attack comes just days after two military bases in Iraq that house US forces were targeted by Iran as tensions between the countries escalated.


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  • 67/81   Who’s Oman’s New Sultan Haitham bin Tariq? Q&A
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    (Bloomberg) -- Oman’s new sultan takes charge of a nation that has known only one ruler for the past half-century. And while the country Haitham bin Tariq now leads is nothing like the impoverished backwater his cousin Qaboos took over back in 1970, he, too, is grabbing the reins in complicated times.Qaboos, who died Friday at 79, oversaw the transformation of Oman from a collection of sleepy villages to a developed nation powered by oil revenue. A foreign policy maverick, he also cemented his country’s reputation as an oasis of calm in a turbulent region.But Oman, strategically located near key oil shipping lines at the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, has been struggling for years to pull itself out of an economic slump, and the quiet quashing of dissent has become commonplace. Under Haitham, Qaboos’s handpicked successor, the small nation famous for its independent ways may also need to rethink alliances.What Do We Know About Haitham Bin Tariq?Not much. The new leader has held governmental positions over the last three decades, including minister of culture and heritage, general secretary of foreign affairs and head of the Anglo-Omani society. He also led the Oman Vision 2040 committee, the country’s economic and social development strategy.Unlike some of his brothers and his predecessor, who died Friday at 79, he doesn’t have a military background, and was assigned economic, sports, cultural and foreign policy portfolios before ascending the throne. He is also thought to have strong ties to traditional ally Britain and neighboring Gulf Arab states.A 2009 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, leaked by WikiLeaks, said he’s invested his own money in media, advertising, telecommunications, tourism, energy services and construction. But he’s earned a special reputation for his real estate holdings. His elevation to the sultanate defied the prediction of one U.S. diplomat, who speculated that one failed project may have “tarnished” Haitham’s prospects of taking the throne.What Are Some of the Challenges Sultan Haitham Faces?Lifting Oman out of economic stagnation may be his biggest challenge.“The new leader faces three economic challenges: controlling the increase in public debt, preserving the currency peg and diversifying the economy away from oil,” said Bloomberg’s chief Middle East economist, Ziad Daoud. “The first two issues require urgent action; and as head of the Oman Vision 2040 committee, he would understand the difficulties of achieving diversification.”The finances of the largest Arab crude producer outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries have been battered by a slump in oil prices. Oman plans to borrow 2 billion rials ($5.2 billion) to bridge the bulk of its 2020 budget deficit, which is expected to reach 2.5 billion rials this year. The country’s debt is rated as junk by all three major rating companies, and two of them have a negative outlook.Gross domestic product is expected to expand by 1.5% in 2019 and 2.8% in 2020, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.The economic situation was at the root of protests in 2011 “and it has only worsened since the fall of oil prices in 2014,” said Mar Valeri, an Oman expert at the University of Exeter. “The process of diversifying sources of revenue of the state has been extremely slow.”This situation may determine Haitham’s relations with its richer neighbors, Valeri said.Will Oman’s Foreign Policy Change?By anointing Haitham as his successor, Qaboos may have seen him as continuing his own path. But Oman’s needs have been changing, as have its old alliances. The sultanate has historically enjoyed a close relationship with the U.K., but London’s own Brexit-fueled economic needs have seen it shift priorities to Oman’s wealthier neighbors.Qaboos’s fiercely unorthodox foreign policy kept some of Oman’s richer Gulf neighbors at arm’s length, and relations with the United Arab Emirates have been particularly tense. But if Haitham embarks on an effort to jump-start the economy, he may consider strengthening some of those ties. More affluent Gulf states have stepped in to support struggling Arab states economically in the past, but Oman has been unwilling to pay the political cost of lost independence.To maintain its independence, Oman has to balance the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, said Kristin Smith Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “Courting their economic engagement while deflecting any infringements on Oman’s sovereignty,” she said. “It’s a tough act.”\--With assistance from Sylvia Westall.To contact the reporter on this story: Layan Odeh in Dubai at lodeh3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Claudia MaedlerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Oman’s new sultan takes charge of a nation that has known only one ruler for the past half-century. And while the country Haitham bin Tariq now leads is nothing like the impoverished backwater his cousin Qaboos took over back in 1970, he, too, is grabbing the reins in complicated times.Qaboos, who died Friday at 79, oversaw the transformation of Oman from a collection of sleepy villages to a developed nation powered by oil revenue. A foreign policy maverick, he also cemented his country’s reputation as an oasis of calm in a turbulent region.But Oman, strategically located near key oil shipping lines at the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, has been struggling for years to pull itself out of an economic slump, and the quiet quashing of dissent has become commonplace. Under Haitham, Qaboos’s handpicked successor, the small nation famous for its independent ways may also need to rethink alliances.What Do We Know About Haitham Bin Tariq?Not much. The new leader has held governmental positions over the last three decades, including minister of culture and heritage, general secretary of foreign affairs and head of the Anglo-Omani society. He also led the Oman Vision 2040 committee, the country’s economic and social development strategy.Unlike some of his brothers and his predecessor, who died Friday at 79, he doesn’t have a military background, and was assigned economic, sports, cultural and foreign policy portfolios before ascending the throne. He is also thought to have strong ties to traditional ally Britain and neighboring Gulf Arab states.A 2009 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, leaked by WikiLeaks, said he’s invested his own money in media, advertising, telecommunications, tourism, energy services and construction. But he’s earned a special reputation for his real estate holdings. His elevation to the sultanate defied the prediction of one U.S. diplomat, who speculated that one failed project may have “tarnished” Haitham’s prospects of taking the throne.What Are Some of the Challenges Sultan Haitham Faces?Lifting Oman out of economic stagnation may be his biggest challenge.“The new leader faces three economic challenges: controlling the increase in public debt, preserving the currency peg and diversifying the economy away from oil,” said Bloomberg’s chief Middle East economist, Ziad Daoud. “The first two issues require urgent action; and as head of the Oman Vision 2040 committee, he would understand the difficulties of achieving diversification.”The finances of the largest Arab crude producer outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries have been battered by a slump in oil prices. Oman plans to borrow 2 billion rials ($5.2 billion) to bridge the bulk of its 2020 budget deficit, which is expected to reach 2.5 billion rials this year. The country’s debt is rated as junk by all three major rating companies, and two of them have a negative outlook.Gross domestic product is expected to expand by 1.5% in 2019 and 2.8% in 2020, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.The economic situation was at the root of protests in 2011 “and it has only worsened since the fall of oil prices in 2014,” said Mar Valeri, an Oman expert at the University of Exeter. “The process of diversifying sources of revenue of the state has been extremely slow.”This situation may determine Haitham’s relations with its richer neighbors, Valeri said.Will Oman’s Foreign Policy Change?By anointing Haitham as his successor, Qaboos may have seen him as continuing his own path. But Oman’s needs have been changing, as have its old alliances. The sultanate has historically enjoyed a close relationship with the U.K., but London’s own Brexit-fueled economic needs have seen it shift priorities to Oman’s wealthier neighbors.Qaboos’s fiercely unorthodox foreign policy kept some of Oman’s richer Gulf neighbors at arm’s length, and relations with the United Arab Emirates have been particularly tense. But if Haitham embarks on an effort to jump-start the economy, he may consider strengthening some of those ties. More affluent Gulf states have stepped in to support struggling Arab states economically in the past, but Oman has been unwilling to pay the political cost of lost independence.To maintain its independence, Oman has to balance the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, said Kristin Smith Diwan, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “Courting their economic engagement while deflecting any infringements on Oman’s sovereignty,” she said. “It’s a tough act.”\--With assistance from Sylvia Westall.To contact the reporter on this story: Layan Odeh in Dubai at lodeh3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Claudia MaedlerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 68/81   Pompeo Plans Dinner With Tech Leaders Including Oracle’s Ellison
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    (Bloomberg) -- Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is planning to attend a private dinner on Monday with tech leaders including Oracle Corp.’s Larry Ellison, according to people familiar with the matter. The dinner, which will be held in San Francisco, comes as tensions between the U.S. and Iran run high, and days after Pompeo announced new sanctions on the country.The hope is to drum up support for the Trump administration in Silicon Valley amid the ongoing conflict with Iran, according to one of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified discussing private information.The dinner guest list includes about 15 people, many of them tech industry leaders, including Sarah Friar, the chief executive officer of Nextdoor.com Inc., Marc Andreessen, the prominent venture capitalist, and Gregory Becker, the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, the person said.Representatives for Oracle, Nextdoor, Andreessen Horowitz and Silicon Valley Bank didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.The dinner is set to follow appearances earlier Monday for Pompeo in Silicon Valley, including public events at the Commonwealth Club and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.\--With assistance from Nick Wadhams and Nico Grant.To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah Frier in San Francisco at sfrier1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Anne VanderMey, Virginia Van NattaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is planning to attend a private dinner on Monday with tech leaders including Oracle Corp.’s Larry Ellison, according to people familiar with the matter. The dinner, which will be held in San Francisco, comes as tensions between the U.S. and Iran run high, and days after Pompeo announced new sanctions on the country.The hope is to drum up support for the Trump administration in Silicon Valley amid the ongoing conflict with Iran, according to one of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified discussing private information.The dinner guest list includes about 15 people, many of them tech industry leaders, including Sarah Friar, the chief executive officer of Nextdoor.com Inc., Marc Andreessen, the prominent venture capitalist, and Gregory Becker, the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, the person said.Representatives for Oracle, Nextdoor, Andreessen Horowitz and Silicon Valley Bank didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.The dinner is set to follow appearances earlier Monday for Pompeo in Silicon Valley, including public events at the Commonwealth Club and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.\--With assistance from Nick Wadhams and Nico Grant.To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah Frier in San Francisco at sfrier1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Anne VanderMey, Virginia Van NattaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 69/81   Richard Ratcliffe says arrest of British ambassador 'a bad sign' for his wife Nazanin as she remains incarcerated
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    The husband of British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has said the arrest of the UK's ambassador to Iran is a "really bad sign for us". Richard Ratcliffe said the detention of Rob Macaire during anti-government protests in Tehran did not bode well for his wife, who has been held "essentially as a hostage" for almost four years. He also said US President Donald Trump's actions have made the situation "much more volatile" but noted "his administration has got Americans home, whereas the UK hasn't succeeded". Mr Ratcliffe told Sky News' Sophie Ridge show: "The arrest of the ambassador and the attempt to try and turn that into 'this is a foreign plot, it's the British organising the protest' which is what Iranian Press TV has put out, it's a really bad sign for us. "Of course we are in the middle of all that because Nazanin is regularly brought out as someone involved in overthrowing the regime and all those fake stories.  Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker from London, has suffered declining physical and mental health during her detention and suffered panic attacks amid the rising political tensions in recent days. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is in Evin prison Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence over allegations, which she vehemently denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government, having been arrested in 2016 during a holiday visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella, now aged five, to her parents. Mr Ratcliffe believes once her sentence concludes the regime will "just add a second sentence at the end, so yes the longer we don't get out the more likely we are to have many more years to do". The long-time campaigner for her freedom said he understands he will have a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson "not next week but the week after". Rights groups say her trial was a sham and describe her as a prisoner of conscience, while the Foreign Office says her treatment fails to meet obligations under international law. Mr Ratcliffe says she is being held by the Islamic republic as a diplomatic bargaining chip.

    The husband of British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has said the arrest of the UK's ambassador to Iran is a "really bad sign for us". Richard Ratcliffe said the detention of Rob Macaire during anti-government protests in Tehran did not bode well for his wife, who has been held "essentially as a hostage" for almost four years. He also said US President Donald Trump's actions have made the situation "much more volatile" but noted "his administration has got Americans home, whereas the UK hasn't succeeded". Mr Ratcliffe told Sky News' Sophie Ridge show: "The arrest of the ambassador and the attempt to try and turn that into 'this is a foreign plot, it's the British organising the protest' which is what Iranian Press TV has put out, it's a really bad sign for us. "Of course we are in the middle of all that because Nazanin is regularly brought out as someone involved in overthrowing the regime and all those fake stories.  Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker from London, has suffered declining physical and mental health during her detention and suffered panic attacks amid the rising political tensions in recent days. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is in Evin prison Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence over allegations, which she vehemently denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government, having been arrested in 2016 during a holiday visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella, now aged five, to her parents. Mr Ratcliffe believes once her sentence concludes the regime will "just add a second sentence at the end, so yes the longer we don't get out the more likely we are to have many more years to do". The long-time campaigner for her freedom said he understands he will have a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson "not next week but the week after". Rights groups say her trial was a sham and describe her as a prisoner of conscience, while the Foreign Office says her treatment fails to meet obligations under international law. Mr Ratcliffe says she is being held by the Islamic republic as a diplomatic bargaining chip.


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  • 70/81   Over half of Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling the situation with Iran as tensions near a breaking point
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    Fifty-six percent of American voters say they disapprove of how Trump has handled the situation with Iran, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos.

    Fifty-six percent of American voters say they disapprove of how Trump has handled the situation with Iran, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos.


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  • 71/81   The Importance of Being China
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    Beijing has flexed is military and political muscles in its neighborhood of distrust again and again and again. But now, one of those neighbors has leverage over Xi Jinping's kingdom thanks to a precedent set by the Philippines.

    Beijing has flexed is military and political muscles in its neighborhood of distrust again and again and again. But now, one of those neighbors has leverage over Xi Jinping's kingdom thanks to a precedent set by the Philippines.


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  • 72/81   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...

    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...


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  • 73/81   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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  • 74/81   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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  • 75/81   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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  • 76/81   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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  • 77/81   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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  • 78/81   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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  • 79/81   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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  • 80/81   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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  • 81/81   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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