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  • 1/81   News Photos Slideshows
    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
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 4/81   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
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    '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?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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?
    SPORTS TOPIC 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.

    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
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “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
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “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
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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   Winner of Penn & Teller FOOL US, Illusionist Ivan Amodei RETURNS to Beverly Hills with NEW Show Mysteries & Miracles
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Illusionist and Winner of Penn & Teller FOOL US, Ivan Amodei returns to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills with his NEW show Mysteries & Miracles. Penn & Teller describing it as "Gorgeous all the way through," and Hollywood Today, stating, "He's the most exciting illusionist we've ever seen."

    Illusionist and Winner of Penn & Teller FOOL US, Ivan Amodei returns to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills with his NEW show Mysteries & Miracles. Penn & Teller describing it as "Gorgeous all the way through," and Hollywood Today, stating, "He's the most exciting illusionist we've ever seen."


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  • 24/81   Customer Programs Thought Leader Bill Lee Announces All-Star Speaker Agenda for the 2020 Summit on Customer Engagement
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The 2020 Summit on Customer Engagement will feature speeches from Customer Programs leaders who are transforming the customer experience and driving business impact using the "Tom Sawyer Strategy."

    The 2020 Summit on Customer Engagement will feature speeches from Customer Programs leaders who are transforming the customer experience and driving business impact using the "Tom Sawyer Strategy."


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  • 25/81   Austere Establishes the Next Level in HDMI Design and Performance with New 8K HDMI 2.1 Cable
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Once again delivering More Than Expected, Austere introduces its new 8K HDMI 2.1 cable for discerning customers. The latest addition to its portfolio of sleek home entertainment accessories, the Austere 8K HDMI cable is distinctly engineered to meet the highest standards of 8K UHD specifications, including a bandwidth of 48 Gbps and can carry resolutions up to 10K and 8K60, 4K120 frame rates. The unparalleled cable of the future delivers on Austere's relentless dedication to performance and style in all its products.

    Once again delivering More Than Expected, Austere introduces its new 8K HDMI 2.1 cable for discerning customers. The latest addition to its portfolio of sleek home entertainment accessories, the Austere 8K HDMI cable is distinctly engineered to meet the highest standards of 8K UHD specifications, including a bandwidth of 48 Gbps and can carry resolutions up to 10K and 8K60, 4K120 frame rates. The unparalleled cable of the future delivers on Austere's relentless dedication to performance and style in all its products.


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  • 26/81   Bakery Processing Equipment Market to Reach $18.7 Bn, Globally, by 2026 at 6.7% CAGR: Allied Market Research
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Allied Market Research published a report, titled, "Bakery Processing Equipment Market by Product Type (Ovens & Proofers, Mixers, Sheeters & Molders, and Others) and Application (Bread, Cakes & Pastries, Cookies & Biscuits, Pizza Crusts, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026." According to the report, the global bakery processing equipment industry was estimated at $11.4 billion in 2018, and is expected to hit $18.7 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.

    Allied Market Research published a report, titled, "Bakery Processing Equipment Market by Product Type (Ovens & Proofers, Mixers, Sheeters & Molders, and Others) and Application (Bread, Cakes & Pastries, Cookies & Biscuits, Pizza Crusts, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026." According to the report, the global bakery processing equipment industry was estimated at $11.4 billion in 2018, and is expected to hit $18.7 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.


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  • 27/81   Fullpower Announces Issuance of 11th Sleep Monitoring Technology Patent
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Fullpower® Technologies, Inc., "The sleep technology company," today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent 10,463,300, Fullpower's 11th sleep-focused patent. The patent covers user monitoring systems for sleep technology, smart-home, and wearable device areas.

    Fullpower® Technologies, Inc., "The sleep technology company," today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent 10,463,300, Fullpower's 11th sleep-focused patent. The patent covers user monitoring systems for sleep technology, smart-home, and wearable device areas.


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  • 28/81   Honda recalls 2.7 million vehicles for new air bag inflator defect
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Honda said on Tuesday it will recall 2.7 million older U.S. vehicles in North America for potentially defective air bag inflators.  The defect involves a different type of Takata inflator than those that have prompted the largest-ever auto safety recalls worldwide covering more than 42 million U.S. vehicles by 19 automakers with Takata air bag inflators.  Honda said it is aware of one field rupture of an inflator in the new recall campaign — a 2012 crash in Texas that resulted in an injury — and two in junkyards in Japan.

    Honda said on Tuesday it will recall 2.7 million older U.S. vehicles in North America for potentially defective air bag inflators. The defect involves a different type of Takata inflator than those that have prompted the largest-ever auto safety recalls worldwide covering more than 42 million U.S. vehicles by 19 automakers with Takata air bag inflators. Honda said it is aware of one field rupture of an inflator in the new recall campaign — a 2012 crash in Texas that resulted in an injury — and two in junkyards in Japan.


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  • 29/81   Employers Need to Start NOW for Chance at International Tech Personnel H-1B Visas
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    A new H-1B Visa system means U.S. employers need to start immediately if they want to have a chance of hiring international tech personnel under H-1B Visas, says nationally renowned corporate immigration attorney Mira Mdivani. Although the lottery -- which allots just 85,000 H-1B Visas for the entire nation -- is not until March 1, the complicated system requires that preparation begin as soon as possible. If you wait, it will be too late.

    A new H-1B Visa system means U.S. employers need to start immediately if they want to have a chance of hiring international tech personnel under H-1B Visas, says nationally renowned corporate immigration attorney Mira Mdivani. Although the lottery -- which allots just 85,000 H-1B Visas for the entire nation -- is not until March 1, the complicated system requires that preparation begin as soon as possible. If you wait, it will be too late.


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  • 30/81   LifeYield Surpasses $1 Trillion in Assets on Platform, Providing Tax-Smart Software to Over 90,000 Financial Advisors
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    LifeYield LLC, the leading cloud-based solution that facilitates tax-smart, risk-smart management of an investor's entire household portfolio, announced today it has surpassed the $1 trillion mark in assets under administration, with over 90,000 financial advisors actively using its LifeYield Advantage Suite.

    LifeYield LLC, the leading cloud-based solution that facilitates tax-smart, risk-smart management of an investor's entire household portfolio, announced today it has surpassed the $1 trillion mark in assets under administration, with over 90,000 financial advisors actively using its LifeYield Advantage Suite.


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  • 31/81   UTGIS Technology Protects Dogs and Humans from Winter Sidewalk Electrical Hazards
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    Four separate dog injuries in Chicago over the past ten days reminds us that electrical safety hazard season for companion animals is now in full swing. These recent incidents all seem to be related to junction box or manhole wiring problems, but can be found on almost any conductive object on a city sidewalk- including light poles and traffic signals.

    Four separate dog injuries in Chicago over the past ten days reminds us that electrical safety hazard season for companion animals is now in full swing. These recent incidents all seem to be related to junction box or manhole wiring problems, but can be found on almost any conductive object on a city sidewalk- including light poles and traffic signals.


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  • 32/81   Vermont CBD Company, Sunsoil, Challenges Industry by Offering CBD Oil at the Lowest Cost Nationwide for the whole month of February
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    To demonstrate its commitment to increasing accessibility to CBD, Sunsoil, one of the largest CBD oil brands in the United States1, will be offering 50% off its entire product line at Sunsoil.com and in a majority of retail locations during the whole month of February. The Vermont-based brand owns the process from seed to shelf which allows for significant cost savings that they share directly with their customers.

    To demonstrate its commitment to increasing accessibility to CBD, Sunsoil, one of the largest CBD oil brands in the United States1, will be offering 50% off its entire product line at Sunsoil.com and in a majority of retail locations during the whole month of February. The Vermont-based brand owns the process from seed to shelf which allows for significant cost savings that they share directly with their customers.


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  • 33/81   Raddish Kids is Making Mealtime a Family Affair With the Launch of "Rad Family Dinners"
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    Raddish Kids, the leading culinary subscription kit that teaches kids to cook, is kicking off 2020 with one simple goal: getting families to cook and eat more meals together. A culinary resource for kids and families alike, Raddish has launched "Rad Family Dinners"– a free, themed weekly e-newsletter that shares tips and recipes from popular recipe creators and cookbook authors – to make family meal planning and preparation approachable, easy and fun.

    Raddish Kids, the leading culinary subscription kit that teaches kids to cook, is kicking off 2020 with one simple goal: getting families to cook and eat more meals together. A culinary resource for kids and families alike, Raddish has launched "Rad Family Dinners"– a free, themed weekly e-newsletter that shares tips and recipes from popular recipe creators and cookbook authors – to make family meal planning and preparation approachable, easy and fun.


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  • 34/81   Toyota recalls 3.4 million vehicles for air bags that may not deploy
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    Toyota said on Tuesday it will recall 3.4 million vehicles worldwide because of an electronic defect that can result in air bags not deploying in crashes.  The vehicles may have an electronic control unit that does not have adequate protection against electrical noise that can occur in crashes, which could lead to incomplete or non-deployment of the air bags.  In April, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expanded a probe into 12.3 million potentially defective air bags covering a number of automakers, including the vehicles Toyota is recalling.

    Toyota said on Tuesday it will recall 3.4 million vehicles worldwide because of an electronic defect that can result in air bags not deploying in crashes. The vehicles may have an electronic control unit that does not have adequate protection against electrical noise that can occur in crashes, which could lead to incomplete or non-deployment of the air bags. In April, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expanded a probe into 12.3 million potentially defective air bags covering a number of automakers, including the vehicles Toyota is recalling.


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  • 35/81   Distributed Temperature Sensing Market Outlook, 2019-2025 - World Market Set to Reach $828 Million by 2025
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    The "Global Distributed Temperature Sensing Market (2019-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

    The "Global Distributed Temperature Sensing Market (2019-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


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  • 36/81   The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research Releases 6th Edition of Executive Liability Insurance Publication
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    The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research released the 6th edition of Executive Liability Insurance: Evolving Times, Evolving Exposures, Evolving Insurance. Written by Richard Clarke, CIC, CPCU, RPLU, the sixth edition examines current trends in underwriting, claims, exposures, and coverages while providing a historical overview of significant legal decisions that have impacted each coverage.

    The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research released the 6th edition of Executive Liability Insurance: Evolving Times, Evolving Exposures, Evolving Insurance. Written by Richard Clarke, CIC, CPCU, RPLU, the sixth edition examines current trends in underwriting, claims, exposures, and coverages while providing a historical overview of significant legal decisions that have impacted each coverage.


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  • 37/81   Trump leaves Davos after downplaying friction with Iraq, condemning impeachment
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    Before leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump went after impeachment managers Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler.

    Before leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump went after impeachment managers Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler.


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  • 38/81   Parks Associates: 10% of consumers installed variable-speed pool pumps or solar panels in 2019, a 66% increase over 2018
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    Parks Associates research shows 10% of US broadband households report extreme energy-saving measures, by installing solar panels or a variable-speed pool pump, an increase of 66% from 2018 to 2019. Over that same time, 40% made home improvements to save energy, a 14% increase. Parks Associates will host its eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit, February 17-19, in Austin, Texas, to examine opportunities for energy providers to convert consumer interest in energy services into actual purchases, including the role of DIY solutions and other innovations to drive broader consumer adoption of energy management.

    Parks Associates research shows 10% of US broadband households report extreme energy-saving measures, by installing solar panels or a variable-speed pool pump, an increase of 66% from 2018 to 2019. Over that same time, 40% made home improvements to save energy, a 14% increase. Parks Associates will host its eleventh annual Smart Energy Summit, February 17-19, in Austin, Texas, to examine opportunities for energy providers to convert consumer interest in energy services into actual purchases, including the role of DIY solutions and other innovations to drive broader consumer adoption of energy management.


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  • 39/81   Revolutionary Footwear: The ArchTek® Patented Arch Support Sock Combines Innovative Technology and Material to Support the Arch Without Compromising Style
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    Created by a leading foot and ankle surgeon seeking to bring revolutionary technology to the footwear industry, ArchTek, (www.Archtek.co), has introduced the ArchTek® arch support sock, an innovative and revolutionary sock system featuring built-in insoles, made from a five-layer sock material, that supports the foot without sacrificing style or quality.

    Created by a leading foot and ankle surgeon seeking to bring revolutionary technology to the footwear industry, ArchTek, (www.Archtek.co), has introduced the ArchTek® arch support sock, an innovative and revolutionary sock system featuring built-in insoles, made from a five-layer sock material, that supports the foot without sacrificing style or quality.


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  • 40/81   United States Air Force Plans to "Aim High" Leveraging the Science of Neuroplasticity
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    Pathwaves, a Miami-based digital therapeutics company, has been awarded a U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract through AFWERX and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to advance the development of the NeuroEmpowerment™ methodology.

    Pathwaves, a Miami-based digital therapeutics company, has been awarded a U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract through AFWERX and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to advance the development of the NeuroEmpowerment™ methodology.


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  • 41/81   U.S. Futures Gain as China Moves to Contain Virus: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity-index futures gained on Wednesday as China took steps to contain the spread of a deadly virus that had rattled international markets. The dollar edged lower with Treasuries.Contracts on the three main American equity indexes all rose, with Netflix Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. up in the premarket while Johnson & Johnson slipped as traders digested their earnings. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fluctuated, with Italian banks slumping as a fresh bout of political turmoil unnerved investors. European carmakers lagged after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dangled the prospect of retaliatory tariffs on auto imports if exporting nations enact digital-tax plans.Chinese shares earlier reversed losses after Beijing said it will start a nationwide screening effort to tackle the outbreak. The yuan steadied after tumbling on Tuesday by the most in five weeks in offshore trading as investors considered the virus’s contagion and potential disruption to spending during China’s week-long Lunar New Year.While the death toll from the respiratory virus has to nine, a sense that China is coming to grips with containing it gave traders the chance for bargain-hunting following yesterday’s declines. Investors stayed on the alert, however, with millions set to travel during the holiday and news that the deadly pathogen had spread to Hong Kong. Helping sentiment were growth data that topped estimates in South Korea, continuing a recent run of macro reports that support the case for a recovery in global economic expansion.“I would expect a lot of people -- candidly, like we are -- that are looking for opportunities to buy rather than sell” amid the dip in stocks caused by virus-contagion worries, Lamar Villere, partner and portfolio manager at Villere & Co., said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t think this is going to be the beginning of the end.”Elsewhere, West Texas crude slipped to about $58 a barrel as ample global supplies offset the loss of exports from Libya.Here are some events to watch out for this week:Companies including Texas Instruments Inc., Intel Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. will post results.Policy decisions are due from central banks in Canada, Indonesia and the euro region.The World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of global leaders in politics, business and culture, continues in Davos, Switzerland.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index increased 0.4% as of 8:36 a.m. New York time.Nasdaq 100 Index futures advanced 0.6%.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was little changed.Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index jumped 0.7%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1%.The British pound jumped 0.6% to $1.3123.The euro gained 0.1% to $1.1088.The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 109.97 per dollar.The Swiss franc weakened 0.1% to $0.9701.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries climbed less than one basis point to 1.78%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to -0.26%.Britain’s 10-year yield gained two basis points to 0.648%.Italy’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 1.394%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 1% to $57.79 a barrel.Gold dipped 0.2% to $1,555.68 an ounce.Natural gas increased 0.6% to $1.91 per mmbtu.\--With assistance from Christopher Anstey, Andrew Janes and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sam Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Robert BrandFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. equity-index futures gained on Wednesday as China took steps to contain the spread of a deadly virus that had rattled international markets. The dollar edged lower with Treasuries.Contracts on the three main American equity indexes all rose, with Netflix Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. up in the premarket while Johnson & Johnson slipped as traders digested their earnings. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fluctuated, with Italian banks slumping as a fresh bout of political turmoil unnerved investors. European carmakers lagged after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dangled the prospect of retaliatory tariffs on auto imports if exporting nations enact digital-tax plans.Chinese shares earlier reversed losses after Beijing said it will start a nationwide screening effort to tackle the outbreak. The yuan steadied after tumbling on Tuesday by the most in five weeks in offshore trading as investors considered the virus’s contagion and potential disruption to spending during China’s week-long Lunar New Year.While the death toll from the respiratory virus has to nine, a sense that China is coming to grips with containing it gave traders the chance for bargain-hunting following yesterday’s declines. Investors stayed on the alert, however, with millions set to travel during the holiday and news that the deadly pathogen had spread to Hong Kong. Helping sentiment were growth data that topped estimates in South Korea, continuing a recent run of macro reports that support the case for a recovery in global economic expansion.“I would expect a lot of people -- candidly, like we are -- that are looking for opportunities to buy rather than sell” amid the dip in stocks caused by virus-contagion worries, Lamar Villere, partner and portfolio manager at Villere & Co., said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t think this is going to be the beginning of the end.”Elsewhere, West Texas crude slipped to about $58 a barrel as ample global supplies offset the loss of exports from Libya.Here are some events to watch out for this week:Companies including Texas Instruments Inc., Intel Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. will post results.Policy decisions are due from central banks in Canada, Indonesia and the euro region.The World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of global leaders in politics, business and culture, continues in Davos, Switzerland.These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index increased 0.4% as of 8:36 a.m. New York time.Nasdaq 100 Index futures advanced 0.6%.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was little changed.Italy’s FTSE MIB Index declined 0.6%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index jumped 0.7%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1%.The British pound jumped 0.6% to $1.3123.The euro gained 0.1% to $1.1088.The Japanese yen weakened 0.1% to 109.97 per dollar.The Swiss franc weakened 0.1% to $0.9701.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries climbed less than one basis point to 1.78%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped one basis point to -0.26%.Britain’s 10-year yield gained two basis points to 0.648%.Italy’s 10-year yield advanced two basis points to 1.394%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude dipped 1% to $57.79 a barrel.Gold dipped 0.2% to $1,555.68 an ounce.Natural gas increased 0.6% to $1.91 per mmbtu.\--With assistance from Christopher Anstey, Andrew Janes and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sam Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net, Robert BrandFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 42/81   Schiff joins Schumer in blasting McConnell's impeachment trial rules
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    Rep. Adam Schiff joined Sen. Chuck Schumer in slamming the rules unveiled by Republicans for the Senate impeachment trial, calling them “the process for a rigged trial.”

    Rep. Adam Schiff joined Sen. Chuck Schumer in slamming the rules unveiled by Republicans for the Senate impeachment trial, calling them “the process for a rigged trial.”


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  • 43/81   Arizona mother arrested on suspicion of killing her three children
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    Police arrested a young mother on Tuesday on suspicion of smothering her three young children to death, one at a time, in the family's Phoenix home, then propping their bodies on a sofa as if they were napping, authorities and court records said.  Rachel Henry, 22, was booked into the Maricopa County jail on three counts of first-degree murder after admitting she had harmed the children, Phoenix Police Sergeant Mercedes Fortune said.  Court records later showed she was being held in lieu of bail of $3 million.

    Police arrested a young mother on Tuesday on suspicion of smothering her three young children to death, one at a time, in the family's Phoenix home, then propping their bodies on a sofa as if they were napping, authorities and court records said. Rachel Henry, 22, was booked into the Maricopa County jail on three counts of first-degree murder after admitting she had harmed the children, Phoenix Police Sergeant Mercedes Fortune said. Court records later showed she was being held in lieu of bail of $3 million.


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  • 44/81   The search for Selena Not Afraid ends with 'great sadness.' Missing girl's body found near Montana rest area
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    The body of Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid, 16, was found near the Montana rest area where she was last seen on New Year's Day, authorities said.

    The body of Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid, 16, was found near the Montana rest area where she was last seen on New Year's Day, authorities said.


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  • 45/81   This map shows where China's mysterious, deadly Wuhan coronavirus has spread across Asia, as a 6th death is confirmed
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    As well as in mainland China, cases of the coronavirus has been reported in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.

    As well as in mainland China, cases of the coronavirus has been reported in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.


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  • 46/81   Austria Threatens to Quit Effort to Create an EU Financial Tax
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Austria’s new finance minister dismissed a proposal by his German counterpart on how to tax financial trades in the European Union, throwing the years-long effort into disarray.“We want a common, broad financial transaction tax. We’re ready to talk, but the current proposal is the opposite of what was originally intended,” Austria’s Gernot Bluemel told journalists on his way into a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. Without a new a approach, the country will leave the group of 10 still working on the plan, he said.Germany’s Olaf Scholz tabled a “final proposal” for the levy in December that focused on stock purchases, after talks on a broader version of the tax had failed. Bluemel, who was sworn in along with the rest of Austria’s new government this month, said this approach would damage the real economy while letting “speculators” off the hook.The European Commission first proposed a financial-transaction tax in 2011 to make sure the industry made a “fair contribution” after taxpayers bore most of the costs of the financial crisis. When some member states opposed the plan, a smaller group sought a compromise under “enhanced cooperation” rules. Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are still at the table.Scholz said he still expects an agreement with other European countries on the issue, indicating that some countries are willing to join the group. After years of discussion, “everybody who’s been involved knows what’s possible and what isn’t,” he said. Under EU rules on enhanced cooperation, at least 9 countries are needed for a coordinated approach. Scholz’s proposal foresees a tax rate of 0.2%, which would apply to acquisitions of shares issued by companies based in one of the participating countries and whose market capitalization exceeds 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).(Updates with comment from Scholz in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Alexander Weber in Brussels at aweber45@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net, Richard BravoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Austria’s new finance minister dismissed a proposal by his German counterpart on how to tax financial trades in the European Union, throwing the years-long effort into disarray.“We want a common, broad financial transaction tax. We’re ready to talk, but the current proposal is the opposite of what was originally intended,” Austria’s Gernot Bluemel told journalists on his way into a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. Without a new a approach, the country will leave the group of 10 still working on the plan, he said.Germany’s Olaf Scholz tabled a “final proposal” for the levy in December that focused on stock purchases, after talks on a broader version of the tax had failed. Bluemel, who was sworn in along with the rest of Austria’s new government this month, said this approach would damage the real economy while letting “speculators” off the hook.The European Commission first proposed a financial-transaction tax in 2011 to make sure the industry made a “fair contribution” after taxpayers bore most of the costs of the financial crisis. When some member states opposed the plan, a smaller group sought a compromise under “enhanced cooperation” rules. Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are still at the table.Scholz said he still expects an agreement with other European countries on the issue, indicating that some countries are willing to join the group. After years of discussion, “everybody who’s been involved knows what’s possible and what isn’t,” he said. Under EU rules on enhanced cooperation, at least 9 countries are needed for a coordinated approach. Scholz’s proposal foresees a tax rate of 0.2%, which would apply to acquisitions of shares issued by companies based in one of the participating countries and whose market capitalization exceeds 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).(Updates with comment from Scholz in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Alexander Weber in Brussels at aweber45@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net, Richard BravoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 47/81   Leopard runs into house before being captured in south India
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    A leopard that ran into a house and sparked a frantic search and a frenzy of attention in southern India on Monday has been caught and tranquilized. The big cat emerged from the Kamdanam forest and ran into a house in Shadnagar town in Telangana state, said Dr. Mohammad Abdul Hakeem, a wildlife official. Deadly conflict between humans and animals has increased in recent years in India largely due to shrinking forest habitats and urban expansion.

    A leopard that ran into a house and sparked a frantic search and a frenzy of attention in southern India on Monday has been caught and tranquilized. The big cat emerged from the Kamdanam forest and ran into a house in Shadnagar town in Telangana state, said Dr. Mohammad Abdul Hakeem, a wildlife official. Deadly conflict between humans and animals has increased in recent years in India largely due to shrinking forest habitats and urban expansion.


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  • 48/81   Iran admits it fired two Russian antiaircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner
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    Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian antiaircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people onboard.

    Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian antiaircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people onboard.


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  • 49/81   Menendez and Graham Partner Up to Craft a New Iran Deal
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    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have teamed up to work on drafting potential contours for negotiations with Tehran over the country’s nuclear programming and a roadmap for a new deal, according to Graham and two other congressional aides familiar with the matter.“I’ve been working with Senator Menendez on this for some time,” Graham told The Daily Beast in an interview last week. “We need a new way forward. And I’ve been trying to think of alternatives.”Graham told The Daily Beast in an interview in August that he was working with senior Trump administration officials on an alternative to the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. Part of that effort included fielding ideas from outside actors, including foreign officials. Since then, Graham has met with Menendez—although only a few times—on how to kickstart a bipartisan congressional effort to reform the administration’s Iran policy.According to sources individuals familiar with the Graham-Menendez partnership, the two senators have largely talked about constructing an actionable plan to present to other lawmakers and to the White House. But the two sides have yet to agree on exactly how to get the ball rolling, according to those sources. One individual said Menendez wanted to work with Graham because the South Carolina lawmaker had gained the president’s ear on Iran over the last year.Although the duo has spoken about teaming up for some time, sources say the lawmakers are focused now more than ever on crafting a new deal following the killing of Iran’s top military leader, Qassem Soleimani. Following the strike, Democrats in the Senate, including Menendez, called out senior officials in the Trump administration for not offering proper intelligence briefings to Congress on what led to the strike. Menendez told MSNBC earlier this month that the administration suggested in briefings there was an imminent threat to American interests but that there was “no clear definition of what they consider imminent.”The senator also called on the administration to declassify the official notification provided to Congress about the Soleimani strike.Graham, on the other hand, applauded President Trump and told The Daily Beast that the administration should continue to keep the military option on the table if Iran were to continue to threaten American interests in the Middle East. Graham suggested the U.S. strike Iranian oil assets in the country, pointing to refineries in particular. Menendez, on the other hand, has urged the administration to up its diplomatic outreach following the strike rather than continue to rely on its military might.Despite their division on Trump’s decision to strike Soleimani, both lawmakers opposed the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.“I have looked into my own soul, and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it,” Menendez said in a 2015 speech. “It is for these reasons that I will vote to disapprove the agreement and, if called upon, would vote to override a veto.”At the time of the deal’s proposal in 2015, Menendez advocated that the Obama administration continue to levy sanctions on Iran in order to change Tehran’s behavior and keep it from eventually obtaining a nuclear weapon. Although Graham’s and Menendez’s public statements on Iran have varied, both lawmakers seem to agree on one point: The Trump administration’s strategy isn’t working.Since Trump took office, Menendez has criticized the Trump administration’s Iran strategy as only emboldening Tehran. And while Graham tends to support Trump publicly, the South Carolina lawmaker has been openly critical of how the White House responds to Iran’s malign activities in the region.In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Graham said the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign—meant to cripple Iran’s economy with sanctions—was working but needed to be harsher and combined with military deterrence. Team Trump Thought It Could Contain Iran With ‘Maximum Pressure.’ The Attacks Got Worse.Before the Soleimani strike, Iran policy experts, some of whom worked with the Obama administration, said Tehran would not engage in talks about a revised nuclear deal unless the U.S. rolled back at least some of its sanctions on the country. Now those experts say Tehran, having rolled back its commitments under the former deal, is not likely to engage in any meaningful conversation with the U.S. on nuclear power, at least in the short term.Meanwhile, two officials in the Treasury Department say their unit is continuously drawing up additional sanctions for Iran on the chance Trump wants to hit the country with additional punishments in the near future.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have teamed up to work on drafting potential contours for negotiations with Tehran over the country’s nuclear programming and a roadmap for a new deal, according to Graham and two other congressional aides familiar with the matter.“I’ve been working with Senator Menendez on this for some time,” Graham told The Daily Beast in an interview last week. “We need a new way forward. And I’ve been trying to think of alternatives.”Graham told The Daily Beast in an interview in August that he was working with senior Trump administration officials on an alternative to the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. Part of that effort included fielding ideas from outside actors, including foreign officials. Since then, Graham has met with Menendez—although only a few times—on how to kickstart a bipartisan congressional effort to reform the administration’s Iran policy.According to sources individuals familiar with the Graham-Menendez partnership, the two senators have largely talked about constructing an actionable plan to present to other lawmakers and to the White House. But the two sides have yet to agree on exactly how to get the ball rolling, according to those sources. One individual said Menendez wanted to work with Graham because the South Carolina lawmaker had gained the president’s ear on Iran over the last year.Although the duo has spoken about teaming up for some time, sources say the lawmakers are focused now more than ever on crafting a new deal following the killing of Iran’s top military leader, Qassem Soleimani. Following the strike, Democrats in the Senate, including Menendez, called out senior officials in the Trump administration for not offering proper intelligence briefings to Congress on what led to the strike. Menendez told MSNBC earlier this month that the administration suggested in briefings there was an imminent threat to American interests but that there was “no clear definition of what they consider imminent.”The senator also called on the administration to declassify the official notification provided to Congress about the Soleimani strike.Graham, on the other hand, applauded President Trump and told The Daily Beast that the administration should continue to keep the military option on the table if Iran were to continue to threaten American interests in the Middle East. Graham suggested the U.S. strike Iranian oil assets in the country, pointing to refineries in particular. Menendez, on the other hand, has urged the administration to up its diplomatic outreach following the strike rather than continue to rely on its military might.Despite their division on Trump’s decision to strike Soleimani, both lawmakers opposed the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.“I have looked into my own soul, and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it,” Menendez said in a 2015 speech. “It is for these reasons that I will vote to disapprove the agreement and, if called upon, would vote to override a veto.”At the time of the deal’s proposal in 2015, Menendez advocated that the Obama administration continue to levy sanctions on Iran in order to change Tehran’s behavior and keep it from eventually obtaining a nuclear weapon. Although Graham’s and Menendez’s public statements on Iran have varied, both lawmakers seem to agree on one point: The Trump administration’s strategy isn’t working.Since Trump took office, Menendez has criticized the Trump administration’s Iran strategy as only emboldening Tehran. And while Graham tends to support Trump publicly, the South Carolina lawmaker has been openly critical of how the White House responds to Iran’s malign activities in the region.In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Graham said the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign—meant to cripple Iran’s economy with sanctions—was working but needed to be harsher and combined with military deterrence. Team Trump Thought It Could Contain Iran With ‘Maximum Pressure.’ The Attacks Got Worse.Before the Soleimani strike, Iran policy experts, some of whom worked with the Obama administration, said Tehran would not engage in talks about a revised nuclear deal unless the U.S. rolled back at least some of its sanctions on the country. Now those experts say Tehran, having rolled back its commitments under the former deal, is not likely to engage in any meaningful conversation with the U.S. on nuclear power, at least in the short term.Meanwhile, two officials in the Treasury Department say their unit is continuously drawing up additional sanctions for Iran on the chance Trump wants to hit the country with additional punishments in the near future.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 50/81   Attorney: Due to a conflict of interest, William Barr must recuse himself from Lev Parnas' criminal case
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    An attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday, requesting the he recuse himself from Parnas' criminal case.Parnas was arrested last October and charged with campaign finance violations. In the letter, which was also filed in New York federal court, attorney Joseph Bondy said Barr has a conflict of interest and asked that a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department handle Parnas' case. "Federal ethics guidelines bar federal employees from participating in matters in which their impartiality could be questioned, including matters in which they were personally involved or about which they have personal knowledge," Bondy wrote.Bondy cited several reasons why Barr should recuse himself, noting that the reconstructed transcript released by the White House of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump telling Zelensky that Barr could help him facilitate an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. Last week, Parnas told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that Barr knew about efforts in the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, saying, "Attorney General Barr was basically on the team." Read Bondy's letter here.More stories from theweek.com  After rejecting amendments, Senate adopts impeachment trial rules  White House budget office releases heavily redacted Ukraine emails as Senate rejects OMB subpoenas  Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow's odd impeachment rant about 'lawyer lawsuits' may stem from a misheard phrase

    An attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday, requesting the he recuse himself from Parnas' criminal case.Parnas was arrested last October and charged with campaign finance violations. In the letter, which was also filed in New York federal court, attorney Joseph Bondy said Barr has a conflict of interest and asked that a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department handle Parnas' case. "Federal ethics guidelines bar federal employees from participating in matters in which their impartiality could be questioned, including matters in which they were personally involved or about which they have personal knowledge," Bondy wrote.Bondy cited several reasons why Barr should recuse himself, noting that the reconstructed transcript released by the White House of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump telling Zelensky that Barr could help him facilitate an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. Last week, Parnas told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that Barr knew about efforts in the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, saying, "Attorney General Barr was basically on the team." Read Bondy's letter here.More stories from theweek.com After rejecting amendments, Senate adopts impeachment trial rules White House budget office releases heavily redacted Ukraine emails as Senate rejects OMB subpoenas Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow's odd impeachment rant about 'lawyer lawsuits' may stem from a misheard phrase


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  • 51/81   McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from Democrats
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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the rules for a Senate impeachment trial on Monday evening.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the rules for a Senate impeachment trial on Monday evening.


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  • 52/81   Scientists just discovered that an asteroid may have ended 'Snowball Earth' 2.2 billion years ago
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    Some 2.2 billion years ago, an asteroid slammed into the Earth, leaving behind a massive, 43-mile-wide crater in what's now Western Australia.

    Some 2.2 billion years ago, an asteroid slammed into the Earth, leaving behind a massive, 43-mile-wide crater in what's now Western Australia.


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  • 53/81   Why These Australia Fires Are Like Nothing We've Seen Before
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    SYDNEY -- In late October, lightning struck brittle earth on Gospers Mountain in New South Wales. The remains of trees bone dry from consecutive winters with little to no rain were ignited, and the fire quickly spread.Three months later, it is still burning.The Gospers Mountain fire, which became Australia's largest "megablaze" as it grew to link several separate fires, offers a sense of the scale of the country's most disastrous fire season ever. The blaze has burned 2 million acres, enveloping hinterland and wine country, and prompted a special mission to save prehistoric trees so rare their exact location is kept secret.That fire is now largely contained. But dozens of others are still burning in the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, some out of control, despite heavy rain in some areas in recent days. And fire season is far from over -- hot and windy conditions are expected to return this week, and a month of summer remains. Here is a look at the devastation.The amount of land burned is immense.The modern world has never seen anything quite like these Australia fires.About 16 million acres have burned in New South Wales and Victoria, where the crisis is centered. That's an area about the size of West Virginia. Millions more acres have burned in other parts of the country.What sets these blazes apart, in terms of their size, is that they are happening in populated areas. Until now, fires this large happened mostly in places like northern Canada or Siberia, where few people live and blazes burn largely uncontrolled."What we're seeing in Australia, in a completely different environment, are fires that are approaching or even exceeding the magnitude of things that we only saw in the most remote forested regions in the world," said Ross Bradstock, director of the Center for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales."We're looking at a globally significant fire season in Australia," he added.The numbers from Australia dwarf those from some of the most high-profile fires in recent years.The bush fires in southeastern Australia this season have burned about eight times as much land as the 2018 fires in California, which covered nearly 2 million acres and were the worst in that state's recorded history. They are also far larger than the estimates of 2.2 million acres burned by September last year in the Amazon basin, where farmers, some emboldened by the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, ignited tens of thousands of fires to clear land."It's quite phenomenal and far exceeds anything you would see in the western USA, which is a very fire-prone area, the southwest of Canada, the Mediterranean and parts of South America," Bradstock said. "It's so much bigger than anything else."It goes well beyond a ravaged landscape.Australia has had deadlier fire seasons: The Black Saturday bush fires, which began in February 2009 when downed power lines ignited blazes that were spread by 60 mph winds, killed 173 people in Victoria. The 2018 California fires killed 103 people.But the losses Australia is experiencing in lives and property are still staggering, and not yet over. At least 29 people have been killed. Hundreds of millions of animals, by some estimates, have perished or are facing starvation or dehydration in devastated habitats. And more than 2,500 homes have been destroyed.Smoke generated by the fires has blanketed Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, at times giving them some of the worst air in the world. The prolonged exposure of bush fire smoke to millions of people has raised fears of health effects that could last for years.Early this month, NASA began tracking a plume of smoke from the fires that was the size of the continental United States. By Jan. 14, smoke had circumnavigated the globe, returning to eastern Australia. Along the way, it caused hazardous breathing conditions in New Zealand and discolored skies in South America.The fires have also produced huge amounts of heat-trapping carbon emissions. A top expert on greenhouse gas emissions at Australia's national research agency told NPR that the fires in southeastern Australia had produced as much carbon as the entire country emits from man-made sources in more than eight months of the year.Climate change helped set the table.Why have these fires been so vast? While Australia is normally hot and dry in the summer, climate change is bringing longer and more frequent periods of extreme heat. That makes vegetation drier and more likely to burn.Last year was the hottest and driest year on record in Australia, and some regions have been gripped by drought for years. This season, the fires started earlier than usual -- some as soon as July -- and they are expected to last well into February and even March.High temperatures, strong winds and dry forests have combined to create the conditions for powerful fires. There have even been blazes in wetlands and rainforests that have not contended with this threat before. To combat the flames, tens of thousands of firefighters, most of them volunteers, have been called on to work long days over extended periods.Most of the fires have been caused by lightning strikes, though some people have misleadingly pointed to arson in an effort to minimize the links to climate change and the Australian government's inaction on the issue. Others have argued that the drought is unrelated to climate change, though there is evidence that warming temperatures have been a major contributor to it, in part by pushing rain out of areas where it once fell."The wildfires decimating Australia, killing people, ravaging wild habitats and pushing communities and firefighters to their absolute limits are growing and coalescing into the country's worst peacetime catastrophe precisely because of climate change," said Paul Read, co-director of the National Center for Research in Bushfire and Arson at Monash University in Melbourne.Here is what the future looks like.In Australia's history, most bad fire seasons have coincided with the warming of an El Niño pattern. But that is not the case this time, showing how much this season stands out and the danger the country faces with more unpredictable weather patterns in the future.While scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring longer and more intense fire seasons, the blazes were not expected to be this bad this soon, Bradstock said. Under his projections, Australia would not have seen this kind of devastation for another 40 to 50 years, he said."I guess I'm as shocked as anyone about what's unfolding and, probably, like everyone else who's involved and affected, we'll very quickly recalibrate thinking about what we're doing," he said.Recalibrating means expecting these phenomenal fires to continue to occur, particularly as Australia's drought shows few signs of ending, and temperatures are expected to continue to climb after the warmest decade on record."We would be extremely foolish given all the evidence and the magnitude of this event to just laugh it off as a one-off phenomenon," Bradstock said. "I think we have to get ready to deal with a season like this again in the not-too-distant future."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    SYDNEY -- In late October, lightning struck brittle earth on Gospers Mountain in New South Wales. The remains of trees bone dry from consecutive winters with little to no rain were ignited, and the fire quickly spread.Three months later, it is still burning.The Gospers Mountain fire, which became Australia's largest "megablaze" as it grew to link several separate fires, offers a sense of the scale of the country's most disastrous fire season ever. The blaze has burned 2 million acres, enveloping hinterland and wine country, and prompted a special mission to save prehistoric trees so rare their exact location is kept secret.That fire is now largely contained. But dozens of others are still burning in the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, some out of control, despite heavy rain in some areas in recent days. And fire season is far from over -- hot and windy conditions are expected to return this week, and a month of summer remains. Here is a look at the devastation.The amount of land burned is immense.The modern world has never seen anything quite like these Australia fires.About 16 million acres have burned in New South Wales and Victoria, where the crisis is centered. That's an area about the size of West Virginia. Millions more acres have burned in other parts of the country.What sets these blazes apart, in terms of their size, is that they are happening in populated areas. Until now, fires this large happened mostly in places like northern Canada or Siberia, where few people live and blazes burn largely uncontrolled."What we're seeing in Australia, in a completely different environment, are fires that are approaching or even exceeding the magnitude of things that we only saw in the most remote forested regions in the world," said Ross Bradstock, director of the Center for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales."We're looking at a globally significant fire season in Australia," he added.The numbers from Australia dwarf those from some of the most high-profile fires in recent years.The bush fires in southeastern Australia this season have burned about eight times as much land as the 2018 fires in California, which covered nearly 2 million acres and were the worst in that state's recorded history. They are also far larger than the estimates of 2.2 million acres burned by September last year in the Amazon basin, where farmers, some emboldened by the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, ignited tens of thousands of fires to clear land."It's quite phenomenal and far exceeds anything you would see in the western USA, which is a very fire-prone area, the southwest of Canada, the Mediterranean and parts of South America," Bradstock said. "It's so much bigger than anything else."It goes well beyond a ravaged landscape.Australia has had deadlier fire seasons: The Black Saturday bush fires, which began in February 2009 when downed power lines ignited blazes that were spread by 60 mph winds, killed 173 people in Victoria. The 2018 California fires killed 103 people.But the losses Australia is experiencing in lives and property are still staggering, and not yet over. At least 29 people have been killed. Hundreds of millions of animals, by some estimates, have perished or are facing starvation or dehydration in devastated habitats. And more than 2,500 homes have been destroyed.Smoke generated by the fires has blanketed Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, at times giving them some of the worst air in the world. The prolonged exposure of bush fire smoke to millions of people has raised fears of health effects that could last for years.Early this month, NASA began tracking a plume of smoke from the fires that was the size of the continental United States. By Jan. 14, smoke had circumnavigated the globe, returning to eastern Australia. Along the way, it caused hazardous breathing conditions in New Zealand and discolored skies in South America.The fires have also produced huge amounts of heat-trapping carbon emissions. A top expert on greenhouse gas emissions at Australia's national research agency told NPR that the fires in southeastern Australia had produced as much carbon as the entire country emits from man-made sources in more than eight months of the year.Climate change helped set the table.Why have these fires been so vast? While Australia is normally hot and dry in the summer, climate change is bringing longer and more frequent periods of extreme heat. That makes vegetation drier and more likely to burn.Last year was the hottest and driest year on record in Australia, and some regions have been gripped by drought for years. This season, the fires started earlier than usual -- some as soon as July -- and they are expected to last well into February and even March.High temperatures, strong winds and dry forests have combined to create the conditions for powerful fires. There have even been blazes in wetlands and rainforests that have not contended with this threat before. To combat the flames, tens of thousands of firefighters, most of them volunteers, have been called on to work long days over extended periods.Most of the fires have been caused by lightning strikes, though some people have misleadingly pointed to arson in an effort to minimize the links to climate change and the Australian government's inaction on the issue. Others have argued that the drought is unrelated to climate change, though there is evidence that warming temperatures have been a major contributor to it, in part by pushing rain out of areas where it once fell."The wildfires decimating Australia, killing people, ravaging wild habitats and pushing communities and firefighters to their absolute limits are growing and coalescing into the country's worst peacetime catastrophe precisely because of climate change," said Paul Read, co-director of the National Center for Research in Bushfire and Arson at Monash University in Melbourne.Here is what the future looks like.In Australia's history, most bad fire seasons have coincided with the warming of an El Niño pattern. But that is not the case this time, showing how much this season stands out and the danger the country faces with more unpredictable weather patterns in the future.While scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring longer and more intense fire seasons, the blazes were not expected to be this bad this soon, Bradstock said. Under his projections, Australia would not have seen this kind of devastation for another 40 to 50 years, he said."I guess I'm as shocked as anyone about what's unfolding and, probably, like everyone else who's involved and affected, we'll very quickly recalibrate thinking about what we're doing," he said.Recalibrating means expecting these phenomenal fires to continue to occur, particularly as Australia's drought shows few signs of ending, and temperatures are expected to continue to climb after the warmest decade on record."We would be extremely foolish given all the evidence and the magnitude of this event to just laugh it off as a one-off phenomenon," Bradstock said. "I think we have to get ready to deal with a season like this again in the not-too-distant future."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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    (Bloomberg) -- The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being closely watched to see how the global elite aims to tackle problems they helped create, above all climate change.U.S. President Donald Trump dominated proceedings for a second day, touting his economic achievements, attacking political opponents and calling the impeachment trial, which began on Tuesday, a “hoax.”Before heading back to the U.S., Trump said he is aiming to agree on a trade deal with the European Union by the next U.S. election in November and announced a new push to reform the World Trade Organization.To get all the highlights delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Davos Diary newsletter. Here’s the latest (time-stamps are local time in Davos):Impeachment, Strong Economy Hard to Reconcile (2 p.m.)Carlyle Group Inc. Co-Executive Chairman David Rubenstein said it’s “hard to understand” that the U.S. economy can be performing well at the same time a president is being impeached for only the third time in history.“It’s a very strange situation,” Rubenstein said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “It’s a hard thing to explain to outsiders that the economy is doing so well, and the president has a lot of support in the business community for sure, yet he’s being impeached and tried in the Senate.”Bridgewater’s Prince: Boom-Bust Cycle Is Over (1:50 p.m.)The boom-bust economic cycle is over, according to Bob Prince, who helps oversee the world’s biggest hedge fund at Bridgewater Associates.Central-bank policy tightening “wasn’t intended to cause the downturn, wasn’t intended to cause what it did,” Prince, Bridgewater’s co-chief investment officer, told Bloomberg TV. “But I think lessons were learned from that and I think it was really a marker that we’ve probably seen the end of the boom-bust cycle.”Some Witnesses Would Raise Security Concerns (1:20 p.m.)Trump said some potential witnesses in the impeachment trial would raise “national security” concerns but the Senate will decide whether any of them will testify.Trump would “love” for his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to testify, he told a news conference. But he said Mulvaney has already “expressed himself very well” in a Fox News interview and that Pompeo presents “a national security problem.”“He knows some of my thoughts” on foreign leaders, Trump said, expressing concern his views might become public in the trial.China Weighs Lifting Cap on Foreign Holdings (1:10 p.m.)China’s securities regulator is looking at the potential to raise the cap on foreign ownership in the nation’s listed companies, according to a senior official.Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said there’s potential to lift the limit to “more than 30%” given that other countries in the region have higher caps.“So why shouldn’t China do similar things,” he told Bloomberg TV. “Now of course, this has to go through a quite long process in our decision making system, but I think in principle that it’s possible.”U.S., China Discussing Hong Kong Human Rights (1:05 p.m.)The U.S. and China are discussing human rights in Hong Kong as part of negotiations for a phase-two trade deal, Trump said.“We are discussing that already,” Trump says when asked about the role of human rights in the talks. “Phase one is done, phase two is being discussed.”Trump Tells Greta to Focus on Big Polluters (1 p.m.)Trump said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg should focus on the most-polluting countries and that the U.S. is “clean and beautiful.”“We want to have the cleanest water on Earth, we want to have the cleanest air on Earth,” Trump told a news conference.“We have to do something about other continents, we have to do something about other countries,” he added. “When we’re clean and beautiful and everything’s good but you have another continent where the fumes are rising at levels that you can’t believe. I think Greta ought to focus on those places.”Spain’s Sanchez Warns of ‘Climate Disaster’ (1 p.m.)Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez earlier focused on climate change in a speech to the forum, one of the top priorities of his recently formed government.“The climate emergency is a disaster that knows no borders and we are the last generation that will be able to address it effectively,” he said.Trump to Discuss WTO Reform With Azevedo (12:35 p.m.)Trump invited World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo to appear at his news conference and announced that they plan to discuss reforms to the international commerce body in coming weeks.“The World Trade Organization has been unfair to the United States for many, many years,” Trump said. “We’re going to do something that I think will be very dramatic.”Oil Chiefs Debate Tougher CO2 Cuts (12:30 p.m.)The bosses of some of the world’s biggest oil companies discussed adopting much more ambitious carbon targets at a closed-door meeting, a sign of how much pressure they’re under from activists and investors to address climate change.The meeting included a debate on widening the industry’s target to include reductions in emissions from the fuels they sell, not just the greenhouse gases produced by their own operations, according to people familiar with the matter.Talks between the chief executive officers of companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Chevron Corp., Total SA, Saudi Aramco and BP Plc showed broad agreement on the need to move toward this broader definition, known as Scope 3, the people said, asking not to be named because the session was closed to the press. The executives didn’t take any final decisions.Von der Leyen Targets Climate Transgressors (12:30 p.m.)European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reiterated the bloc’s plans to propose levies on imports from countries not abiding by the Paris agreement on climate change and not adhering to the highest environmental standards.This so-called “Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism” could open a new front in the transatlantic spat, following France’s digital taxes and prompt retaliation by Donald Trump.Still, von der Leyen signaled there’s room for compromise, citing California’s emissions trading system as an example of creating “a global level playing field” where “no carbon border tax will be necessary.”Trump Lauds Musk, ‘Disappointed’ With Boeing (12 p.m.)Trump praised Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk as “one of our great geniuses” but said he’s disappointed in Boeing Co. over its woes around the 737 Max aircraft.“I was worried about him, because he’s one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius,” Trump said of Musk in a CNBC interview. “You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison and we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the light bulb and the wheel and all of these things.”On Boeing, he said: “Very disappointing company. This is one of the great companies of the world, let’s say as of a year ago, and then all of a sudden things happen. I am so disappointed in Boeing-- had a tremendous impact.‘We Have to Act Now’ on Climate: von der Leyen (11:40 a.m.)Von der Leyen focused on climate change and geopolitics, the two priorities of her five-year mandate which started last month, when she addressed the forum.“The window of opportunity is closing” to address the environment emergency but “we have to act now,” she said.Von der Leyen said there has to be “fairness” when it comes to climate and that included protecting European businesses and workers from unfair competition.“If you engage with Europe you will find a reliable partner, working for a more sustainable world, but we ask for fairness in return,” she said.France’s Le Maire Hopeful on U.S. Digital-Tax Deal (11:35 a.m.)France has agreed to put the taxation of digital companies on hold until the end of this year as it seeks to avert a trade war with the U.S., Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Bloomberg TV.Le Maire said international rules for digital taxation would be “far more efficient” and “fairer,” and that he hoped for agreement with U.S. officials “in a few hours” after meetings in Davos.“Entering into a trade war between the U.S. and Europe would be foolish,” Le Maire said. “And if we are ready to go this way, we would have one single taxation of all digital activities instead of having many national taxations all over the world.”Trump Says Strong Dollar ‘Very Bad’ for Manufacturing (11:20 a.m.)Trump reiterated his criticism of Federal Reserve policy, saying the central bank “brought up the rate too fast, and they didn’t drop it fast enough.”“I want this dollar to be strong. I want it to be so powerful. I want it to be great. But if you lower the interest rates, so many good things would happen,” he told CNBC.“We have a very strong dollar, and that sounds good, and it is good in many ways, but it’s very bad in terms of manufacturing,” he added.Mnuchin Threatens Auto Tariffs to Counter Digital Taxes (11:16 a.m.)U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Mnuchin dangled the prospect of retaliatory tariffs on automobile imports if countries go ahead with digital taxation plans.“If people want to just arbitrarily put taxes on our digital companies, we will consider arbitrarily putting taxes on car companies,” Mnuchin said during a panel discussion. “We think the digital tax is discriminatory in nature.”Internet companies have long been the target of complaints that they don’t pay enough in taxes, and France imposed a 3% levy on the digital revenue of companies that make their sales primarily in cyberspace, such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.On the same panel, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said the country plans to go ahead with a tax on digital services in April, with the levy designed to fall away once there’s international agreement on the issue.Mnuchin said the U.S. will have private talks with the U.K. over the plan, just as Trump had with French President Emmanuel Macron to defuse the spat over digital tax.Trump Would Be ‘Very Surprised’ to Have to Impose EU Tariffs (11 a.m.)Trump said that he threatened von der Leyen with “very high tariffs” on “cars and other things that come into our country” at a meeting on Tuesday but that he would be “very surprised” if he had to implement them.“They’ve taken advantage of our country, the European Union, for many, many years,” Trump told CNBC.“They’re going to make a deal because they have to, they have to, they have no choice,” he added. “I would be very surprised if I had to implement the tariffs.”The U.S. leader dismissed worries about a possible pandemic from a a new respiratory virus in China: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control,” he said. “It’s going to be just fine.”U.K’s Javid Says EU Trade-Deal Timetable Feasible (10:50 a.m.)Britain and the European Union have set a “tight timetable” for negotiating a trade deal by the end of this year, but it “absolutely can be done,” according to the U.K.’s Javid.“Both sides recognize that it’s a tight timetable, a lot needs to be put together in the time that we have, but it can be done,” Javid said during a panel on “The Future of Financial Markets.”“And it can be done for both goods, where we want to see free trade, zero tariffs, zero quotas, but also on services,” he added. Work has also started on a trade agreement with the U.S., which is a “huge priority” for the new government, Javid said.Mnuchin Says U.K. Trade Pact Is U.S. Priority (10:49 a.m.)Securing a trade deal with the U.K. is a big priority for the Trump administration this year, Mnuchin said during the same panel discussion with the U.K.’s Javid.Tariffs provided an incentive for China to sign the phase-one trade deal last week, Mnuchin said, adding that the U.S. is trying to open global markets, not close them. There are no deadlines to start talks on a second phase, which could be pursued in smaller increments.International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the world is in a better place than it was a few months ago, as trade and industrial output bottom out and the outlook brightens.Saudi Aramco’s International Listing Isn’t Coming Soon (10:21 a.m.)The international listing of Saudi Aramco is “still on the cards” but likely won’t happen soon, Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan told Bloomberg TV.In the oil giant’s IPO, Aramco opted for a local listing after global investors balked at its hopes of valuing the company at $2 trillion. Instead, Aramco relied heavily on local investors and funds from neighboring Gulf Arab monarchies.Al-Jadaan said he’s “very confident” that the Saudi economy is picking up. After issuing a $5 billion eurobond, he said the country could borrow another $4 billion more this year and is considering debt in euros, riyals as well as sukuk.AstraZeneca Sees Climate Change Bigger Risk Than China Virus (9:35 a.m.)While the spread of the coronavirus is “a threat that must be taken seriously,” it appears to be relatively contained, AstraZeneca Plc Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot said in a Bloomberg TV interview.“I personally think there’s a much bigger threat that is facing the world today, and it’s global warming and climate change,” said Soriot. “We all need to do something about it.”Thiam Says European Bank Mergers ‘Desirable’ (9:25 a.m.)Consolidation among top European banks should be pursued, but work is still needed to convince taxpayers that larger lenders won’t be a threat to the financial system, according to Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam.“I think it’s desirable,” Thiam told Bloomberg TV when asked if European banking mergers should take place. “It will happen, but it will take some time. We still have a job to do to convince the public that larger banks can be safe and not endanger the whole economy.”Thiam said he’s “moderately optimistic” about the euro-region economy and “still very positive” about the global economy. “It’s early days, but I think people are positive about 2020 and so are we. The U.S.-China agreement is very positive for markets,” he added.Carney Bemoans Lack of U.S. Climate Engagement (9:22 a.m.)Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned of mounting risks to the financial sector and the economy from climate change and urged the U.S. to play bigger role.“Something which was largely on the periphery of finance has come into the mainstream,” Carney said at the Bloomberg Climate Forum. “Transition risk has become more important.”Asked if the world could contain global warming without the U.S., the governor said: “It’s much more difficult.”Messina Sees Future European Banking Champions (9:10 a.m.)Intesa Sanpaolo SpA Chief Executive Officer Carlo Messina says Europe needs to create banks on the scale of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in order to compete with the U.S. and China in geopolitics. That means common rules that could facilitate mergers across the bloc.“If you look at Europe, U.S.A and China, you need absolutely to create some champions with scale that can compete with U.S.A.,” said Messina in a Bloomberg TV interview. “In the medium term in Europe, we need to have consolidation, but at the same time, we need to have rules of the game that could be the same in all the European countries. That is the problem of Europe.”While these issues will unlikely be resolved this year, he said he expects it to happen in the future. The banking sector in Italy is under control, and Intesa’s non-performing loans are close to European levels, he added.Staley Sees ‘Extraordinary’ Tech Valuations (8:45 a.m.)Asset valuations are currently “quite high,” particularly in the tech sector, and vigilance is needed in case of a correction, according to Jes Staley, chief executive officer of Barclays Plc.Asked in a Bloomberg TV interview what the biggest risk is to the economic outlook, Staley said: “Having been in this industry for some 40 years now, it generally starts with credit somewhere. People may get overextended and if there’s a shock to interest rates that could be quite a correction.”Staley said there are “extraordinary valuations in some tech sectors, particularly the large tech players in the U.S.”“When you have zero to negative interest rates almost by definition you’re going to have asset bubbles,” he added. “You want to ride that wave while it’s happening but keep your eyes wide open in case there’s a correction.”After a tumultuous 12 months, Barclays is sticking to a strategy that keeps Staley in charge of its closely scrutinized investment bank, he added.ABB Chairman Sees Chance for Smaller Deals (8:09 a.m.)ABB Ltd. sees potential for smaller divestments and acquisitions ahead as it refines its portfolio of businesses, Chairman Peter Voser said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The Swiss engineering company has identified units with 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in revenue that it plans to fix or sell. As that program continues, ABB is also expanding its reach, such as its purchase of a stake in a Chinese electric-car charging company last year. But bigger deals aren’t planned, Voser said.“There is no talk about bigger portfolio transactions at this stage,” he said, adding that the focus of the new CEO will be on improving ABB’s operational performance and executing on the board’s strategic plan.Fake News Is Biggest Risk: Malaysia’s Leiking (7:28 a.m.)Malaysian Trade Minister Darell Leiking said recent indicators such as purchasing managers’ indexes suggest the economic outlook is positive.“Continuously, we see encouraging PMI results all over the world, Malaysia as well,” Leiking said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “We hope that some positiveness will continue throughout this year. The biggest risk for the Malaysian economy is a lot of fake news about things.”Malaysia is unlikely to suffer any loss in its palm oil business from China, despite Beijing pledging to boost soybean purchases from the U.S. amid the trade war, Leiking added.UBS Focused on Gaining U.S. Market Share (7:22 a.m.)UBS Group AG Chairman Axel Weber said the Swiss bank wants to focus on its wealthy clients and expand particularly in the U.S.“We now want to focus on efficiency in wealth management,” Weber said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “We want to maintain our No. 1 one position globally, and we want to build the market where we’re not among the top four and that is in the U.S. And really build that part.”Negative interest rates in Europe are more a distortion than a useful tool, Weber added.Zimbabwe Dealing With Inflation: Ncube (6:50 a.m.)Zimbabwe is on track in dealing with inflation, even with consumer prices increasing more than 500% on an annual basis, according to Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.Annual inflation remains high, “but that’s expected, that happens when you liberalize a currency,” Ncube told Bloomberg TV. “We believe are on our way to deal with inflation. It will take time, but we are headed there,” Ncube said.Wednesday Highlights9:15 a.m. | U.S. President Trump breakfast with U.S. CEOs, business leaders10:30 a.m. | Finance Panel with U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, UBS’s Weber, IMF’s Kristalina Georgieva11:00 a.m. | Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez special address11:30 a.m. | European Commission President von der Leyen special address2:15 p.m. | Hong Kong Chief Executive Lam addresses WEF6 p.m. | Iraqi President Barham Salih special addressBe on the lookout for Bloomberg Television’s interviews withBarclays CEO Jes StaleyCredit Suisse CEO Tidjane ThiamMorgan Stanley CEO James GormanFrench Finance Minister Bruno Le MaireSaudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-JadaanU.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine ChaoChina Securities Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Fang XinghaiTuesday Catch UpTrump’s victory lap | Trump boasted about his handling of the U.S. economy in a speech to business and political leaders in Davos, hours before his impeachment trial started in Washington.Opening doors | Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng said his country’s trade deal with the U.S. won’t hurt rival exporting nations as complaints mount from governments that were left out of the agreement.Vowing to stay | Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Lam told Bloomberg she has no plans to step aside to help resolve protests that have racked the city: “I will do my utmost to stay in this position to help arrest the current situation.”Austerity bashing | The co-leader of Germany’s Greens sided with the U.S. in demanding more spending from Berlin, saying that Chancellor Angela Merkel should drop her balanced-budget “fetishism.”\--With assistance from Haslinda Amin, Francine Lacqua, Ian Wishart, Nikos Chrysoloras, Javier Blas and Thomas Gualtieri.To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net;Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being closely watched to see how the global elite aims to tackle problems they helped create, above all climate change.U.S. President Donald Trump dominated proceedings for a second day, touting his economic achievements, attacking political opponents and calling the impeachment trial, which began on Tuesday, a “hoax.”Before heading back to the U.S., Trump said he is aiming to agree on a trade deal with the European Union by the next U.S. election in November and announced a new push to reform the World Trade Organization.To get all the highlights delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Davos Diary newsletter. Here’s the latest (time-stamps are local time in Davos):Impeachment, Strong Economy Hard to Reconcile (2 p.m.)Carlyle Group Inc. Co-Executive Chairman David Rubenstein said it’s “hard to understand” that the U.S. economy can be performing well at the same time a president is being impeached for only the third time in history.“It’s a very strange situation,” Rubenstein said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “It’s a hard thing to explain to outsiders that the economy is doing so well, and the president has a lot of support in the business community for sure, yet he’s being impeached and tried in the Senate.”Bridgewater’s Prince: Boom-Bust Cycle Is Over (1:50 p.m.)The boom-bust economic cycle is over, according to Bob Prince, who helps oversee the world’s biggest hedge fund at Bridgewater Associates.Central-bank policy tightening “wasn’t intended to cause the downturn, wasn’t intended to cause what it did,” Prince, Bridgewater’s co-chief investment officer, told Bloomberg TV. “But I think lessons were learned from that and I think it was really a marker that we’ve probably seen the end of the boom-bust cycle.”Some Witnesses Would Raise Security Concerns (1:20 p.m.)Trump said some potential witnesses in the impeachment trial would raise “national security” concerns but the Senate will decide whether any of them will testify.Trump would “love” for his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to testify, he told a news conference. But he said Mulvaney has already “expressed himself very well” in a Fox News interview and that Pompeo presents “a national security problem.”“He knows some of my thoughts” on foreign leaders, Trump said, expressing concern his views might become public in the trial.China Weighs Lifting Cap on Foreign Holdings (1:10 p.m.)China’s securities regulator is looking at the potential to raise the cap on foreign ownership in the nation’s listed companies, according to a senior official.Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said there’s potential to lift the limit to “more than 30%” given that other countries in the region have higher caps.“So why shouldn’t China do similar things,” he told Bloomberg TV. “Now of course, this has to go through a quite long process in our decision making system, but I think in principle that it’s possible.”U.S., China Discussing Hong Kong Human Rights (1:05 p.m.)The U.S. and China are discussing human rights in Hong Kong as part of negotiations for a phase-two trade deal, Trump said.“We are discussing that already,” Trump says when asked about the role of human rights in the talks. “Phase one is done, phase two is being discussed.”Trump Tells Greta to Focus on Big Polluters (1 p.m.)Trump said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg should focus on the most-polluting countries and that the U.S. is “clean and beautiful.”“We want to have the cleanest water on Earth, we want to have the cleanest air on Earth,” Trump told a news conference.“We have to do something about other continents, we have to do something about other countries,” he added. “When we’re clean and beautiful and everything’s good but you have another continent where the fumes are rising at levels that you can’t believe. I think Greta ought to focus on those places.”Spain’s Sanchez Warns of ‘Climate Disaster’ (1 p.m.)Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez earlier focused on climate change in a speech to the forum, one of the top priorities of his recently formed government.“The climate emergency is a disaster that knows no borders and we are the last generation that will be able to address it effectively,” he said.Trump to Discuss WTO Reform With Azevedo (12:35 p.m.)Trump invited World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo to appear at his news conference and announced that they plan to discuss reforms to the international commerce body in coming weeks.“The World Trade Organization has been unfair to the United States for many, many years,” Trump said. “We’re going to do something that I think will be very dramatic.”Oil Chiefs Debate Tougher CO2 Cuts (12:30 p.m.)The bosses of some of the world’s biggest oil companies discussed adopting much more ambitious carbon targets at a closed-door meeting, a sign of how much pressure they’re under from activists and investors to address climate change.The meeting included a debate on widening the industry’s target to include reductions in emissions from the fuels they sell, not just the greenhouse gases produced by their own operations, according to people familiar with the matter.Talks between the chief executive officers of companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Chevron Corp., Total SA, Saudi Aramco and BP Plc showed broad agreement on the need to move toward this broader definition, known as Scope 3, the people said, asking not to be named because the session was closed to the press. The executives didn’t take any final decisions.Von der Leyen Targets Climate Transgressors (12:30 p.m.)European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reiterated the bloc’s plans to propose levies on imports from countries not abiding by the Paris agreement on climate change and not adhering to the highest environmental standards.This so-called “Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism” could open a new front in the transatlantic spat, following France’s digital taxes and prompt retaliation by Donald Trump.Still, von der Leyen signaled there’s room for compromise, citing California’s emissions trading system as an example of creating “a global level playing field” where “no carbon border tax will be necessary.”Trump Lauds Musk, ‘Disappointed’ With Boeing (12 p.m.)Trump praised Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk as “one of our great geniuses” but said he’s disappointed in Boeing Co. over its woes around the 737 Max aircraft.“I was worried about him, because he’s one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius,” Trump said of Musk in a CNBC interview. “You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison and we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the light bulb and the wheel and all of these things.”On Boeing, he said: “Very disappointing company. This is one of the great companies of the world, let’s say as of a year ago, and then all of a sudden things happen. I am so disappointed in Boeing-- had a tremendous impact.‘We Have to Act Now’ on Climate: von der Leyen (11:40 a.m.)Von der Leyen focused on climate change and geopolitics, the two priorities of her five-year mandate which started last month, when she addressed the forum.“The window of opportunity is closing” to address the environment emergency but “we have to act now,” she said.Von der Leyen said there has to be “fairness” when it comes to climate and that included protecting European businesses and workers from unfair competition.“If you engage with Europe you will find a reliable partner, working for a more sustainable world, but we ask for fairness in return,” she said.France’s Le Maire Hopeful on U.S. Digital-Tax Deal (11:35 a.m.)France has agreed to put the taxation of digital companies on hold until the end of this year as it seeks to avert a trade war with the U.S., Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Bloomberg TV.Le Maire said international rules for digital taxation would be “far more efficient” and “fairer,” and that he hoped for agreement with U.S. officials “in a few hours” after meetings in Davos.“Entering into a trade war between the U.S. and Europe would be foolish,” Le Maire said. “And if we are ready to go this way, we would have one single taxation of all digital activities instead of having many national taxations all over the world.”Trump Says Strong Dollar ‘Very Bad’ for Manufacturing (11:20 a.m.)Trump reiterated his criticism of Federal Reserve policy, saying the central bank “brought up the rate too fast, and they didn’t drop it fast enough.”“I want this dollar to be strong. I want it to be so powerful. I want it to be great. But if you lower the interest rates, so many good things would happen,” he told CNBC.“We have a very strong dollar, and that sounds good, and it is good in many ways, but it’s very bad in terms of manufacturing,” he added.Mnuchin Threatens Auto Tariffs to Counter Digital Taxes (11:16 a.m.)U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Mnuchin dangled the prospect of retaliatory tariffs on automobile imports if countries go ahead with digital taxation plans.“If people want to just arbitrarily put taxes on our digital companies, we will consider arbitrarily putting taxes on car companies,” Mnuchin said during a panel discussion. “We think the digital tax is discriminatory in nature.”Internet companies have long been the target of complaints that they don’t pay enough in taxes, and France imposed a 3% levy on the digital revenue of companies that make their sales primarily in cyberspace, such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.On the same panel, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said the country plans to go ahead with a tax on digital services in April, with the levy designed to fall away once there’s international agreement on the issue.Mnuchin said the U.S. will have private talks with the U.K. over the plan, just as Trump had with French President Emmanuel Macron to defuse the spat over digital tax.Trump Would Be ‘Very Surprised’ to Have to Impose EU Tariffs (11 a.m.)Trump said that he threatened von der Leyen with “very high tariffs” on “cars and other things that come into our country” at a meeting on Tuesday but that he would be “very surprised” if he had to implement them.“They’ve taken advantage of our country, the European Union, for many, many years,” Trump told CNBC.“They’re going to make a deal because they have to, they have to, they have no choice,” he added. “I would be very surprised if I had to implement the tariffs.”The U.S. leader dismissed worries about a possible pandemic from a a new respiratory virus in China: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control,” he said. “It’s going to be just fine.”U.K’s Javid Says EU Trade-Deal Timetable Feasible (10:50 a.m.)Britain and the European Union have set a “tight timetable” for negotiating a trade deal by the end of this year, but it “absolutely can be done,” according to the U.K.’s Javid.“Both sides recognize that it’s a tight timetable, a lot needs to be put together in the time that we have, but it can be done,” Javid said during a panel on “The Future of Financial Markets.”“And it can be done for both goods, where we want to see free trade, zero tariffs, zero quotas, but also on services,” he added. Work has also started on a trade agreement with the U.S., which is a “huge priority” for the new government, Javid said.Mnuchin Says U.K. Trade Pact Is U.S. Priority (10:49 a.m.)Securing a trade deal with the U.K. is a big priority for the Trump administration this year, Mnuchin said during the same panel discussion with the U.K.’s Javid.Tariffs provided an incentive for China to sign the phase-one trade deal last week, Mnuchin said, adding that the U.S. is trying to open global markets, not close them. There are no deadlines to start talks on a second phase, which could be pursued in smaller increments.International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the world is in a better place than it was a few months ago, as trade and industrial output bottom out and the outlook brightens.Saudi Aramco’s International Listing Isn’t Coming Soon (10:21 a.m.)The international listing of Saudi Aramco is “still on the cards” but likely won’t happen soon, Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan told Bloomberg TV.In the oil giant’s IPO, Aramco opted for a local listing after global investors balked at its hopes of valuing the company at $2 trillion. Instead, Aramco relied heavily on local investors and funds from neighboring Gulf Arab monarchies.Al-Jadaan said he’s “very confident” that the Saudi economy is picking up. After issuing a $5 billion eurobond, he said the country could borrow another $4 billion more this year and is considering debt in euros, riyals as well as sukuk.AstraZeneca Sees Climate Change Bigger Risk Than China Virus (9:35 a.m.)While the spread of the coronavirus is “a threat that must be taken seriously,” it appears to be relatively contained, AstraZeneca Plc Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot said in a Bloomberg TV interview.“I personally think there’s a much bigger threat that is facing the world today, and it’s global warming and climate change,” said Soriot. “We all need to do something about it.”Thiam Says European Bank Mergers ‘Desirable’ (9:25 a.m.)Consolidation among top European banks should be pursued, but work is still needed to convince taxpayers that larger lenders won’t be a threat to the financial system, according to Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam.“I think it’s desirable,” Thiam told Bloomberg TV when asked if European banking mergers should take place. “It will happen, but it will take some time. We still have a job to do to convince the public that larger banks can be safe and not endanger the whole economy.”Thiam said he’s “moderately optimistic” about the euro-region economy and “still very positive” about the global economy. “It’s early days, but I think people are positive about 2020 and so are we. The U.S.-China agreement is very positive for markets,” he added.Carney Bemoans Lack of U.S. Climate Engagement (9:22 a.m.)Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned of mounting risks to the financial sector and the economy from climate change and urged the U.S. to play bigger role.“Something which was largely on the periphery of finance has come into the mainstream,” Carney said at the Bloomberg Climate Forum. “Transition risk has become more important.”Asked if the world could contain global warming without the U.S., the governor said: “It’s much more difficult.”Messina Sees Future European Banking Champions (9:10 a.m.)Intesa Sanpaolo SpA Chief Executive Officer Carlo Messina says Europe needs to create banks on the scale of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in order to compete with the U.S. and China in geopolitics. That means common rules that could facilitate mergers across the bloc.“If you look at Europe, U.S.A and China, you need absolutely to create some champions with scale that can compete with U.S.A.,” said Messina in a Bloomberg TV interview. “In the medium term in Europe, we need to have consolidation, but at the same time, we need to have rules of the game that could be the same in all the European countries. That is the problem of Europe.”While these issues will unlikely be resolved this year, he said he expects it to happen in the future. The banking sector in Italy is under control, and Intesa’s non-performing loans are close to European levels, he added.Staley Sees ‘Extraordinary’ Tech Valuations (8:45 a.m.)Asset valuations are currently “quite high,” particularly in the tech sector, and vigilance is needed in case of a correction, according to Jes Staley, chief executive officer of Barclays Plc.Asked in a Bloomberg TV interview what the biggest risk is to the economic outlook, Staley said: “Having been in this industry for some 40 years now, it generally starts with credit somewhere. People may get overextended and if there’s a shock to interest rates that could be quite a correction.”Staley said there are “extraordinary valuations in some tech sectors, particularly the large tech players in the U.S.”“When you have zero to negative interest rates almost by definition you’re going to have asset bubbles,” he added. “You want to ride that wave while it’s happening but keep your eyes wide open in case there’s a correction.”After a tumultuous 12 months, Barclays is sticking to a strategy that keeps Staley in charge of its closely scrutinized investment bank, he added.ABB Chairman Sees Chance for Smaller Deals (8:09 a.m.)ABB Ltd. sees potential for smaller divestments and acquisitions ahead as it refines its portfolio of businesses, Chairman Peter Voser said in a Bloomberg TV interview.The Swiss engineering company has identified units with 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in revenue that it plans to fix or sell. As that program continues, ABB is also expanding its reach, such as its purchase of a stake in a Chinese electric-car charging company last year. But bigger deals aren’t planned, Voser said.“There is no talk about bigger portfolio transactions at this stage,” he said, adding that the focus of the new CEO will be on improving ABB’s operational performance and executing on the board’s strategic plan.Fake News Is Biggest Risk: Malaysia’s Leiking (7:28 a.m.)Malaysian Trade Minister Darell Leiking said recent indicators such as purchasing managers’ indexes suggest the economic outlook is positive.“Continuously, we see encouraging PMI results all over the world, Malaysia as well,” Leiking said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “We hope that some positiveness will continue throughout this year. The biggest risk for the Malaysian economy is a lot of fake news about things.”Malaysia is unlikely to suffer any loss in its palm oil business from China, despite Beijing pledging to boost soybean purchases from the U.S. amid the trade war, Leiking added.UBS Focused on Gaining U.S. Market Share (7:22 a.m.)UBS Group AG Chairman Axel Weber said the Swiss bank wants to focus on its wealthy clients and expand particularly in the U.S.“We now want to focus on efficiency in wealth management,” Weber said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “We want to maintain our No. 1 one position globally, and we want to build the market where we’re not among the top four and that is in the U.S. And really build that part.”Negative interest rates in Europe are more a distortion than a useful tool, Weber added.Zimbabwe Dealing With Inflation: Ncube (6:50 a.m.)Zimbabwe is on track in dealing with inflation, even with consumer prices increasing more than 500% on an annual basis, according to Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.Annual inflation remains high, “but that’s expected, that happens when you liberalize a currency,” Ncube told Bloomberg TV. “We believe are on our way to deal with inflation. It will take time, but we are headed there,” Ncube said.Wednesday Highlights9:15 a.m. | U.S. President Trump breakfast with U.S. CEOs, business leaders10:30 a.m. | Finance Panel with U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, UBS’s Weber, IMF’s Kristalina Georgieva11:00 a.m. | Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez special address11:30 a.m. | European Commission President von der Leyen special address2:15 p.m. | Hong Kong Chief Executive Lam addresses WEF6 p.m. | Iraqi President Barham Salih special addressBe on the lookout for Bloomberg Television’s interviews withBarclays CEO Jes StaleyCredit Suisse CEO Tidjane ThiamMorgan Stanley CEO James GormanFrench Finance Minister Bruno Le MaireSaudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-JadaanU.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine ChaoChina Securities Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Fang XinghaiTuesday Catch UpTrump’s victory lap | Trump boasted about his handling of the U.S. economy in a speech to business and political leaders in Davos, hours before his impeachment trial started in Washington.Opening doors | Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng said his country’s trade deal with the U.S. won’t hurt rival exporting nations as complaints mount from governments that were left out of the agreement.Vowing to stay | Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Lam told Bloomberg she has no plans to step aside to help resolve protests that have racked the city: “I will do my utmost to stay in this position to help arrest the current situation.”Austerity bashing | The co-leader of Germany’s Greens sided with the U.S. in demanding more spending from Berlin, saying that Chancellor Angela Merkel should drop her balanced-budget “fetishism.”\--With assistance from Haslinda Amin, Francine Lacqua, Ian Wishart, Nikos Chrysoloras, Javier Blas and Thomas Gualtieri.To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net;Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 63/81   White House confuses Iraq with Iran and says Trump met with Iranian president
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    The White House appears to have confused Iran and Iraq in a YouTube video, and suggested that Donald Trump met with the Iranian president.A video of a meeting between Trump and Iraq’s president, Barham Salih, was titled “President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the Republic of Iran” on the White House’s official YouTube channel.

    The White House appears to have confused Iran and Iraq in a YouTube video, and suggested that Donald Trump met with the Iranian president.A video of a meeting between Trump and Iraq’s president, Barham Salih, was titled “President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the Republic of Iran” on the White House’s official YouTube channel.


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  • 64/81   Jacobs Donates More Than $465,000 to Water For People
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    Expanding its commitment to helping end the global water crisis with sustainable solutions, Jacobs (NYSE:J) presented nonprofit organization Water For People with a donation check for $467,230 at Jacobs' January Board of Directors meeting. A combination of corporate and employee funds, the company's inaugural sponsor contribution will ignite Water For People's journey to Destination 2030, a 10-year initiative to help low- and middle-income countries achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

    Expanding its commitment to helping end the global water crisis with sustainable solutions, Jacobs (NYSE:J) presented nonprofit organization Water For People with a donation check for $467,230 at Jacobs' January Board of Directors meeting. A combination of corporate and employee funds, the company's inaugural sponsor contribution will ignite Water For People's journey to Destination 2030, a 10-year initiative to help low- and middle-income countries achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.


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  • 65/81   Images of starving lions in Sudan zoo spark global concern
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    At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, the park's few remaining lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, desperate for food and water.  The unsettling images, shared on social media by a local animal rights advocate, drew impassioned responses from thousands around the world.  With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions, including a lioness.

    At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, the park's few remaining lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, desperate for food and water. The unsettling images, shared on social media by a local animal rights advocate, drew impassioned responses from thousands around the world. With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions, including a lioness.


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  • 66/81   Years after SARS, a more confident China faces a new virus
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    The proclamation Tuesday signaled both China's growing confidence and its greater awareness of censorship's pitfalls.  The threat headlined an online essay that referred directly to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic that not only devastated parts of China but also exposed government deception.  Nearly two decades later, a more assertive China appears determined not to repeat its past mistakes.

    The proclamation Tuesday signaled both China's growing confidence and its greater awareness of censorship's pitfalls. The threat headlined an online essay that referred directly to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic that not only devastated parts of China but also exposed government deception. Nearly two decades later, a more assertive China appears determined not to repeat its past mistakes.


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  • 67/81   3 African nations meet to draft deal on Nile dam dispute
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    Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan started U.S.-monitored talks on Wednesday in the Sudanese capital to try hammer out a draft deal to resolve their dispute over a Nile dam that Ethiopia is constructing, an Egyptian spokesman said.  The $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project on the Blue Nile, which promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people, has been a contentious point among the three main Nile Basin countries.  The issue is critical for Cairo as Egypt seeks to protect its main source of freshwater for its large and growing population, also about 100 million.

    Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan started U.S.-monitored talks on Wednesday in the Sudanese capital to try hammer out a draft deal to resolve their dispute over a Nile dam that Ethiopia is constructing, an Egyptian spokesman said. The $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project on the Blue Nile, which promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people, has been a contentious point among the three main Nile Basin countries. The issue is critical for Cairo as Egypt seeks to protect its main source of freshwater for its large and growing population, also about 100 million.


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  • 68/81   Turkey's FM urges Russia to halt Syrian government attacks
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    Turkey's foreign minister urged Russia on Wednesday to halt the Syrian government's attacks in the war-torn Arab country, a day after airstrikes on rebel-held sectors and the shelling of government-held areas killed at least 17 people, including an entire family.  In his remarks, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted it was Moscow's responsibility to stop the violence as Russia has been a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war.

    Turkey's foreign minister urged Russia on Wednesday to halt the Syrian government's attacks in the war-torn Arab country, a day after airstrikes on rebel-held sectors and the shelling of government-held areas killed at least 17 people, including an entire family. In his remarks, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted it was Moscow's responsibility to stop the violence as Russia has been a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war.


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  • 69/81   Canadian prosecutor set to defend U.S. request to extradite Huawei CFO Meng
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    Canadian prosecutors are expected to defend on Wednesday their case to extradite Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States saying Meng was arrested on charges of bank fraud, which is a crime in both countries, and not because of U.S. sanctions against Iran as argued by the defense.  Meng's legal team continued its defense during the first phase of the extradition hearing on Tuesday, with lawyers arguing for a second straight day that 'double criminality' is at the heart of the U.S. extradition request.

    Canadian prosecutors are expected to defend on Wednesday their case to extradite Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States saying Meng was arrested on charges of bank fraud, which is a crime in both countries, and not because of U.S. sanctions against Iran as argued by the defense. Meng's legal team continued its defense during the first phase of the extradition hearing on Tuesday, with lawyers arguing for a second straight day that 'double criminality' is at the heart of the U.S. extradition request.


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  • 70/81   A Virus on the Move Tests China’s Control
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    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more. On the eve of one of the biggest mass movements of people on earth, a new challenge has emerged for China’s leadership.A respiratory virus which started in the central city of Wuhan has spread within China and overseas. The World Health Organization could declare an international emergency.It’s reminiscent of SARS, which 17 years ago sparked global panic, affecting air travel and killing nearly 800 people. Since then there have been periodic concerns about the potential for other outbreaks, particularly viruses that could jump between animals and humans.And with recollections of SARS come memories of Beijing’s handling of the crisis. It was slow to respond at home, late in informing the world and cagey about how bad things were. China’s leaders were also criticized for their response to a subsequent contaminated milk scandal and revelations about bad vaccines.So far Beijing has been faster to react. But the Communist Party is still carefully regulating information. That’s led ordinary Chinese to take to social media platforms to demand greater transparency.Hundreds of millions of Chinese are about to travel for the Lunar New Year. With a virus on the move, the risks are high. For a party used to control, the task is to show that nothing is being hidden.Global HeadlinesJust in: U.S. President Donald Trump said he will hold a press conference today before departing Davos.Midnight oil | The Senate voted early today to set the terms for Trump’s impeachment trial — after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the president got a reminder that a small group of Republican senators can determine how it will play out. McConnell was forced to hastily revise his proposed rules in the face of a mini-rebellion over the compressed schedule for arguments. House Democrats can begin presenting their case as soon as today.Click here for more about how Trump has kicked off this election year with a string of foreign policy and economic wins that his campaign hopes will overshadow — and outlast — the political fallout from his historic impeachment.Lam in Davos | In an interview with Bloomberg, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Chinese President Xi Jinping assured her he wouldn’t use ongoing protests to tighten China’s grip on the former British colony. Speaking in Davos, she defended her handling of unprecedented protests, rejected the idea of meeting more protester demands and said her government was pursuing a stimulus plan designed to preserve jobs.Italian arrivederci? | Luigi Di Maio looks to be on the brink of quitting as the leader of Italy’s governing Five Star Movement, John Follain reports. Coupled with mass defections from the party, the 33-year-old foreign minister’s bickering with his political allies has drawn a scolding from the populist movement’s founder, Beppe Grillo, and threatens the future of a fragile coalition designed to keep Matteo Salvini’s nationalist League out of power.Warming to Europe? | Trump’s visit to Davos has been an uncommonly peaceful one, even as he’s continued to espouse his economic and trade policies as global models to a conclave of doubters about his America First policy. Trump sent some unusually warm messages to European nations that have endured his tariff threats on everything from cars to Camembert for almost three years.Maintaining Control | The whirlwind of political changes unleashed by President Vladimir Putin is all part of his plan to continue to dominate Russia once his term ends in 2024, Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov write. While allies are heartened, his ploy to keep power indefinitely faces risks from growing public discontent over falling incomes. Putin wants to control all branches of government “without having to deal with day-to-day affairs,” said one analyst.What to WatchAmazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’s mobile phone was hacked following a WhatsApp exchange with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to two people familiar with an analysis of the breach. A UN investigation into the incident is to be released today. The Saudi embassy to the U.S. said the news, first reported by The Guardian newspaper, was “absurd.”With the start of Democratic presidential nominating contests now less than two weeks away, Bernie Sanders is trying to temper his reputation as a party outsider and make the case he could beat Trump.Tell us how we’re doing or what we’re missing at balancepower@bloomberg.net. And sign up for Bloomberg Green, our new daily digest of climate news and insights on the latest in science, environmental impacts, zero-emission tech and green finance.And finally … In 2018, China halted virtually all imports of plastic waste, triggering far-reaching effects right around the globe. A Bloomberg survey of 25 governments worldwide showed the reverberations are still being felt two years on, from the U.S. to Japan, Nigeria and Russia. But as Alan Crawford and Hayley Warren show, China may just have inadvertently done the world a favor. \--With assistance from Kathleen Hunter, Iain Marlow and Anthony Halpin.To contact the author of this story: Rosalind Mathieson in London at rmathieson3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net, Karl MaierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more. On the eve of one of the biggest mass movements of people on earth, a new challenge has emerged for China’s leadership.A respiratory virus which started in the central city of Wuhan has spread within China and overseas. The World Health Organization could declare an international emergency.It’s reminiscent of SARS, which 17 years ago sparked global panic, affecting air travel and killing nearly 800 people. Since then there have been periodic concerns about the potential for other outbreaks, particularly viruses that could jump between animals and humans.And with recollections of SARS come memories of Beijing’s handling of the crisis. It was slow to respond at home, late in informing the world and cagey about how bad things were. China’s leaders were also criticized for their response to a subsequent contaminated milk scandal and revelations about bad vaccines.So far Beijing has been faster to react. But the Communist Party is still carefully regulating information. That’s led ordinary Chinese to take to social media platforms to demand greater transparency.Hundreds of millions of Chinese are about to travel for the Lunar New Year. With a virus on the move, the risks are high. For a party used to control, the task is to show that nothing is being hidden.Global HeadlinesJust in: U.S. President Donald Trump said he will hold a press conference today before departing Davos.Midnight oil | The Senate voted early today to set the terms for Trump’s impeachment trial — after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the president got a reminder that a small group of Republican senators can determine how it will play out. McConnell was forced to hastily revise his proposed rules in the face of a mini-rebellion over the compressed schedule for arguments. House Democrats can begin presenting their case as soon as today.Click here for more about how Trump has kicked off this election year with a string of foreign policy and economic wins that his campaign hopes will overshadow — and outlast — the political fallout from his historic impeachment.Lam in Davos | In an interview with Bloomberg, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Chinese President Xi Jinping assured her he wouldn’t use ongoing protests to tighten China’s grip on the former British colony. Speaking in Davos, she defended her handling of unprecedented protests, rejected the idea of meeting more protester demands and said her government was pursuing a stimulus plan designed to preserve jobs.Italian arrivederci? | Luigi Di Maio looks to be on the brink of quitting as the leader of Italy’s governing Five Star Movement, John Follain reports. Coupled with mass defections from the party, the 33-year-old foreign minister’s bickering with his political allies has drawn a scolding from the populist movement’s founder, Beppe Grillo, and threatens the future of a fragile coalition designed to keep Matteo Salvini’s nationalist League out of power.Warming to Europe? | Trump’s visit to Davos has been an uncommonly peaceful one, even as he’s continued to espouse his economic and trade policies as global models to a conclave of doubters about his America First policy. Trump sent some unusually warm messages to European nations that have endured his tariff threats on everything from cars to Camembert for almost three years.Maintaining Control | The whirlwind of political changes unleashed by President Vladimir Putin is all part of his plan to continue to dominate Russia once his term ends in 2024, Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov write. While allies are heartened, his ploy to keep power indefinitely faces risks from growing public discontent over falling incomes. Putin wants to control all branches of government “without having to deal with day-to-day affairs,” said one analyst.What to WatchAmazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’s mobile phone was hacked following a WhatsApp exchange with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to two people familiar with an analysis of the breach. A UN investigation into the incident is to be released today. The Saudi embassy to the U.S. said the news, first reported by The Guardian newspaper, was “absurd.”With the start of Democratic presidential nominating contests now less than two weeks away, Bernie Sanders is trying to temper his reputation as a party outsider and make the case he could beat Trump.Tell us how we’re doing or what we’re missing at balancepower@bloomberg.net. And sign up for Bloomberg Green, our new daily digest of climate news and insights on the latest in science, environmental impacts, zero-emission tech and green finance.And finally … In 2018, China halted virtually all imports of plastic waste, triggering far-reaching effects right around the globe. A Bloomberg survey of 25 governments worldwide showed the reverberations are still being felt two years on, from the U.S. to Japan, Nigeria and Russia. But as Alan Crawford and Hayley Warren show, China may just have inadvertently done the world a favor. \--With assistance from Kathleen Hunter, Iain Marlow and Anthony Halpin.To contact the author of this story: Rosalind Mathieson in London at rmathieson3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net, Karl MaierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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