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

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


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  • 6/81   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

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


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  • 7/81   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

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


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  • 8/81   Do star athletes make too much money?
    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?
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    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

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


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  • 10/81   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

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


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  • 11/81   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

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


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  • 12/81   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
    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
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

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


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  • 14/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

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


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  • 15/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

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


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  • 16/81   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

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


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  • 17/81   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

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

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


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  • 18/81   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 19/81   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 20/81   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

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

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


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  • 21/81   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 22/81   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 23/81   Wells Fargo invests $5M in blockchain analytics firm Elliptic
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, an investing division of the third-largest U.S. bank, has injected $5 million in blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.The post Wells Fargo invests $5M in blockchain analytics firm Elliptic appeared first on The Block.

    Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, an investing division of the third-largest U.S. bank, has injected $5 million in blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.The post Wells Fargo invests $5M in blockchain analytics firm Elliptic appeared first on The Block.


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  • 24/81   Kraft Heinz takes $666 million charge, misses sales expectations
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    Kraft Heinz Co  on Thursday missed quarterly sales estimates due to lower demand for products like bacon and cheese, and wrote down the value of some businesses - including coffee brand Maxwell House - by $666 million.  Kraft Heinz's sales have been muted for fourteen straight quarters as consumers turn to cheaper private label brands, online shopping and fashionable, non-processed and organic food.  Thursday's results mark the one-year anniversary of Kraft Heinz reporting a surprise loss and taking a $15.4 billion writedown of key brands - a move that rocked the consumer goods industry and led to the ousting of former Chief Executive Bernardo Hees and several other executives.

    Kraft Heinz Co on Thursday missed quarterly sales estimates due to lower demand for products like bacon and cheese, and wrote down the value of some businesses - including coffee brand Maxwell House - by $666 million. Kraft Heinz's sales have been muted for fourteen straight quarters as consumers turn to cheaper private label brands, online shopping and fashionable, non-processed and organic food. Thursday's results mark the one-year anniversary of Kraft Heinz reporting a surprise loss and taking a $15.4 billion writedown of key brands - a move that rocked the consumer goods industry and led to the ousting of former Chief Executive Bernardo Hees and several other executives.


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  • 25/81   Dept. of Education Opens Investigation into Harvard, Yale over Chinese, Saudi Funding
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    The Education Department has opened an investigation into Harvard and Yale amid suspicions that the Ivy League schools failed to report about hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from foreign countries, some of which are openly hostile to the U.S.Officials said in a letter this week that they are probing whether the universities accepted about $375 million from China, Iran, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported.In some cases, the schools actively sought out the foreign funding from sources potentially looking to steal research or “spread propaganda benefiting foreign governments,” according to Education Department documents. The funding did not, however, go towards reducing tuition costs for students.Universities are required by law to report gifts and contracts from foreign sources worth more than $250,000 per year.Last month, the chairman of Harvard's chemistry department, Charles Lieber, was charged with lying to federal officials about grants from China, sparking the government's closer look at the university's foreign funding.The Education Department has sent letters to both Harvard and Yale requesting all documents on foreign funding and gifts. Neither university has responded yet to the news of the investigation.The probe comes as the Education Department has cracked down on foreign funding siphoned to U.S. universities, which the department described as, “multibillion-dollar, multinational enterprises using opaque foundations, foreign campuses, and other sophisticated legal structures to generate revenue.”A review by the department has since July found a total of at least $6.5 billion in unreported foreign funding to U.S. universities from countries like Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates."This is about transparency. If colleges and universities are accepting foreign money and gifts, their students, donors, and taxpayers deserve to know how much and from whom," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

    The Education Department has opened an investigation into Harvard and Yale amid suspicions that the Ivy League schools failed to report about hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from foreign countries, some of which are openly hostile to the U.S.Officials said in a letter this week that they are probing whether the universities accepted about $375 million from China, Iran, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported.In some cases, the schools actively sought out the foreign funding from sources potentially looking to steal research or “spread propaganda benefiting foreign governments,” according to Education Department documents. The funding did not, however, go towards reducing tuition costs for students.Universities are required by law to report gifts and contracts from foreign sources worth more than $250,000 per year.Last month, the chairman of Harvard's chemistry department, Charles Lieber, was charged with lying to federal officials about grants from China, sparking the government's closer look at the university's foreign funding.The Education Department has sent letters to both Harvard and Yale requesting all documents on foreign funding and gifts. Neither university has responded yet to the news of the investigation.The probe comes as the Education Department has cracked down on foreign funding siphoned to U.S. universities, which the department described as, “multibillion-dollar, multinational enterprises using opaque foundations, foreign campuses, and other sophisticated legal structures to generate revenue.”A review by the department has since July found a total of at least $6.5 billion in unreported foreign funding to U.S. universities from countries like Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates."This is about transparency. If colleges and universities are accepting foreign money and gifts, their students, donors, and taxpayers deserve to know how much and from whom," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


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  • 26/81   Contact Center Service Providers Compete Over Automation Technologies to Gain Competitive Edge in Latin America
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The Contact Center Outsourcing Services Market in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to generate revenues of over $12.6 billion by 2024. As clients realize that customer experience is becoming the primary factor impacting customer loyalty and the key differentiator deciding its business fate, active contact center service providers (CCSPs) are periodically creating new value propositions that can provide them with a competitive edge.

    The Contact Center Outsourcing Services Market in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to generate revenues of over $12.6 billion by 2024. As clients realize that customer experience is becoming the primary factor impacting customer loyalty and the key differentiator deciding its business fate, active contact center service providers (CCSPs) are periodically creating new value propositions that can provide them with a competitive edge.


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  • 27/81   Virus outbreak knocks four Asia-bound LNG tankers off course - sources
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    Four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers bound for North Asia have changed destination or diverted after the coronavirus outbreak hit gas demand in China, the world's second biggest buyer of the super-chilled fuel, five sources said.  In addition, 15 LNG tankers are also flagged as 'floating storage' globally, with 11 of them scattered across Asia, Rebecca Chia, LNG analyst with data intelligence firm Kpler told Reuters.  The coronavirus outbreak that has affected about 60,000 people globally has had a wide impact on demand for all kinds of energy and added to weakness in an LNG market already depressed by mild weather.

    Four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers bound for North Asia have changed destination or diverted after the coronavirus outbreak hit gas demand in China, the world's second biggest buyer of the super-chilled fuel, five sources said. In addition, 15 LNG tankers are also flagged as 'floating storage' globally, with 11 of them scattered across Asia, Rebecca Chia, LNG analyst with data intelligence firm Kpler told Reuters. The coronavirus outbreak that has affected about 60,000 people globally has had a wide impact on demand for all kinds of energy and added to weakness in an LNG market already depressed by mild weather.


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  • 28/81   Mosaic Services in Texas Completes Transition to Caregiver Inc.
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    In a strategic move to better capture opportunities to grow in other states, Mosaic (http://www.mosaicinfo.com), a Nebraska-based provider of personalized services to more than 3,700 people with diverse needs in 10 states, transitioned its Texas services to Caregiver Inc. (http://www.cg-idd.com), a Texas-based provider, effective Feb. 10, 2020. The transaction was facilitated by VERTESS (http://www.vertess.com), a leading healthcare Mergers + Acquisitions (M+A) advisory firm."Our 'Real life. Real possibilities.' strategic roadmap positions Mosaic to grow substantially over the next five years," said Linda Timmons, Mosaic President and CEO. "Our whole-person healthcare model puts people at the center of everything we do. The funding and regulatory model in Texas is no longer a fit with our vision for services."Mosaic has been in active acquisition and growth mode for several years, acquiring providers in Kansas, Iowa, Arizona and Nebraska. The organization has also expanded its lines of service, adding in-home supports for seniors and others with diverse needs, behavioral and autism-specific services, and managing dramatic growth in its host home service, Mosaic at Home.

    In a strategic move to better capture opportunities to grow in other states, Mosaic (http://www.mosaicinfo.com), a Nebraska-based provider of personalized services to more than 3,700 people with diverse needs in 10 states, transitioned its Texas services to Caregiver Inc. (http://www.cg-idd.com), a Texas-based provider, effective Feb. 10, 2020. The transaction was facilitated by VERTESS (http://www.vertess.com), a leading healthcare Mergers + Acquisitions (M+A) advisory firm."Our 'Real life. Real possibilities.' strategic roadmap positions Mosaic to grow substantially over the next five years," said Linda Timmons, Mosaic President and CEO. "Our whole-person healthcare model puts people at the center of everything we do. The funding and regulatory model in Texas is no longer a fit with our vision for services."Mosaic has been in active acquisition and growth mode for several years, acquiring providers in Kansas, Iowa, Arizona and Nebraska. The organization has also expanded its lines of service, adding in-home supports for seniors and others with diverse needs, behavioral and autism-specific services, and managing dramatic growth in its host home service, Mosaic at Home.


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  • 29/81   Do Houlihan Lokey's (NYSE:HLI) Earnings Warrant Your Attention?
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    Like a puppy chasing its tail, some new investors often chase 'the next big thing', even if that means buying 'story...

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


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  • 30/81   Jet market oracle Tinseth bows out with Boeing at crossroads
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    Years ago, when Randy Tinseth was still running Boeing's sales account for United Airlines, the plane company's designers pulled him aside.  'They called me in and said we want to show United this interesting product and we can't tell you about it until we get there,' Tinseth recalled.  Out came the model of a futuristic, high-speed airliner called Sonic Cruiser.

    Years ago, when Randy Tinseth was still running Boeing's sales account for United Airlines, the plane company's designers pulled him aside. 'They called me in and said we want to show United this interesting product and we can't tell you about it until we get there,' Tinseth recalled. Out came the model of a futuristic, high-speed airliner called Sonic Cruiser.


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  • 31/81   Did 'Papa' John Schnatter really eat 40 pizzas in 30 days? Founder explains viral comment
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    The embattled Papa John's founder and former CEO said on H3 Podcast that he eats roughly eight or nine slices of Papa John's pizza per week.

    The embattled Papa John's founder and former CEO said on H3 Podcast that he eats roughly eight or nine slices of Papa John's pizza per week.


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  • 32/81   Global $2.75 Billion Automotive Smart Glass/Mirror Market, Forecast to 2027 - Increasing Regulations on Energy Consumption Will Spur Demand
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    The "Global Smart Glass/Mirror in Automotive Market Size, Market Share, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2019 To 2027" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

    The "Global Smart Glass/Mirror in Automotive Market Size, Market Share, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2019 To 2027" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


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  • 33/81   Ace Hardware Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2019 Results
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    Ace Hardware Corporation ("Ace" or the "Company"), the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, today reported record fourth quarter 2019 revenues of $1.5 billion, an increase of $85.1 million, or 6.1 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2018. Net income was $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of $21.7 million from the fourth quarter of 2018. Included in the results for the fourth quarter are pre-tax charges of $8.5 million for a non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to The Grommet, $5.0 million for the write-down of inventory related to the transition to the Benjamin Moore paint program, $2.5 million for retail pre-opening costs related to new Westlake stores in California, and $1.2 million for severance related costs.

    Ace Hardware Corporation ("Ace" or the "Company"), the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, today reported record fourth quarter 2019 revenues of $1.5 billion, an increase of $85.1 million, or 6.1 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2018. Net income was $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of $21.7 million from the fourth quarter of 2018. Included in the results for the fourth quarter are pre-tax charges of $8.5 million for a non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to The Grommet, $5.0 million for the write-down of inventory related to the transition to the Benjamin Moore paint program, $2.5 million for retail pre-opening costs related to new Westlake stores in California, and $1.2 million for severance related costs.


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  • 34/81   Riot Blockchain Engages Gateway to Lead Investor Relations Program
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    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) ("Riot" or the "Company"), a cryptocurrency miner that focuses on bitcoin, has appointed Gateway Investor Relations, a leading strategic financial communications and capital markets advisory firm, to provide investor relations and consulting services to the company.

    Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) ("Riot" or the "Company"), a cryptocurrency miner that focuses on bitcoin, has appointed Gateway Investor Relations, a leading strategic financial communications and capital markets advisory firm, to provide investor relations and consulting services to the company.


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  • 35/81   Newspaper chain McClatchy files Chapter 11 bankruptcy after pension woes, print declines
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    Newspaper chain McClatchy, owner of publications such as the Miami Herald and Kansas City Star, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.

    Newspaper chain McClatchy, owner of publications such as the Miami Herald and Kansas City Star, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.


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  • 36/81   CLEW Brings Groundbreaking AI-Powered Critical Care Solution to US Market with Launch at SCCM 2020
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    CLEW today announced that it will be demonstrating the industry's first ever AI-powered critical care solution at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) 49th Critical Care Congress, in Orlando, Florida from Feb 16 - 19, 2020.

    CLEW today announced that it will be demonstrating the industry's first ever AI-powered critical care solution at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) 49th Critical Care Congress, in Orlando, Florida from Feb 16 - 19, 2020.


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  • 37/81   Scandal-hit Nissan sinks into red ink as sales plummet
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Nissan Motor Co CEO Makoto Uchida holds a news conference on earnings Feb. 13 at the company's headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.  TOKYO — Nissan, reeling from a scandal over its former superstar executive Carlos Ghosn, sank into red ink in the latest quarter as its vehicle sales fell around the world, and the Japanese automaker slashed its profit forecast for the year.  Nissan Motor Co. reported Thursday a loss of 26 billion yen ($237 million) for October-December, a reversal from the 70 billion yen ($638 million) profit recorded a year earlier — a drop of $875 million.

    Nissan Motor Co CEO Makoto Uchida holds a news conference on earnings Feb. 13 at the company's headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. TOKYO — Nissan, reeling from a scandal over its former superstar executive Carlos Ghosn, sank into red ink in the latest quarter as its vehicle sales fell around the world, and the Japanese automaker slashed its profit forecast for the year. Nissan Motor Co. reported Thursday a loss of 26 billion yen ($237 million) for October-December, a reversal from the 70 billion yen ($638 million) profit recorded a year earlier — a drop of $875 million.


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  • 38/81   Virus outbreak blamed for forecast fall in oil demand
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The International Energy Agency expects demand for oil to fall in the first quarter as a result of the virus outbreak that emanated in China.  Any fall would represent the first quarterly decline in a decade.  The Paris-based agency said Thursday in its oil market report for February that demand in the first quarter was expected to fall by 435,000 barrels per day compared with the same period a year ago.

    The International Energy Agency expects demand for oil to fall in the first quarter as a result of the virus outbreak that emanated in China. Any fall would represent the first quarterly decline in a decade. The Paris-based agency said Thursday in its oil market report for February that demand in the first quarter was expected to fall by 435,000 barrels per day compared with the same period a year ago.


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  • 39/81   Invacare Corporation Annual Results: Here's What Analysts Are Forecasting For Next Year
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    It's been a pretty great week for Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) shareholders, with its shares surging 19% to US$9.19...

    It's been a pretty great week for Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) shareholders, with its shares surging 19% to US$9.19...


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  • 40/81   Valeo Groupe Announces 2020 Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Ted Rollins and Valeo Groupe are proud to announce the bi-annual 2020 Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship. Founded on the corporate case for investing in sustainability, the scholarship is open to students majoring in business, sustainability or related fields.

    Ted Rollins and Valeo Groupe are proud to announce the bi-annual 2020 Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship. Founded on the corporate case for investing in sustainability, the scholarship is open to students majoring in business, sustainability or related fields.


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  • 41/81   Introducing Tandem Group (LON:TND), The Stock That Zoomed 105% In The Last Three Years
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a...

    The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a...


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  • 42/81   Anatomy of a debacle: Biden supporters saw it coming, and it came
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    More than a dozen volunteers in New Hampshire told Yahoo News they didn’t expect the former vice president to win the primary. Some hoped for second place or at least third. Instead, the onetime frontrunner of the Democratic primary captured less than 9% of the vote. He was fourth in Iowa, now fifth in New Hampshire. 

    More than a dozen volunteers in New Hampshire told Yahoo News they didn’t expect the former vice president to win the primary. Some hoped for second place or at least third. Instead, the onetime frontrunner of the Democratic primary captured less than 9% of the vote. He was fourth in Iowa, now fifth in New Hampshire. 


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  • 43/81   'We're not some banana republic': National security adviser defends removal of Trump impeachment witness from White House job
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday evening there had been “absolutely” no retaliation involved in Friday’s departure of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council, even as President Trump seemed to indicate that the military would “look into” whether to take disciplinary action against the Army officer.

    National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday evening there had been “absolutely” no retaliation involved in Friday’s departure of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council, even as President Trump seemed to indicate that the military would “look into” whether to take disciplinary action against the Army officer.


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  • 44/81   Democratic candidates silent on police shootings of black men
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    African Americans, who make up 13 percent of the country’s population, were the victims of 31 percent of police shootings last year.

    African Americans, who make up 13 percent of the country’s population, were the victims of 31 percent of police shootings last year.


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  • 45/81   Nevada's most powerful labor union warns workers about Bernie Sanders' health care plan
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    At the top of the Culinary Union's presidential asks is to maintain the robust health care plans members have fought hard to negotiate and win.

    At the top of the Culinary Union's presidential asks is to maintain the robust health care plans members have fought hard to negotiate and win.


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  • 46/81   Official: Puerto Rico govt loses $2.6M in phishing scam
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    Puerto Rico's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam, according to a senior official.  The finance director of the island's Industrial Development Company, Rubén Rivera, said in a complaint filed to police Wednesday that the agency sent the money to a fraudulent account.  Rivera said the government agency transferred the money on Jan. 17 after receiving an email that alleged a change to a banking account tied to remittance payments, according to a police statement.

    Puerto Rico's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam, according to a senior official. The finance director of the island's Industrial Development Company, Rubén Rivera, said in a complaint filed to police Wednesday that the agency sent the money to a fraudulent account. Rivera said the government agency transferred the money on Jan. 17 after receiving an email that alleged a change to a banking account tied to remittance payments, according to a police statement.


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  • 47/81   Taiwan mulls countermeasures if Philippines doesn't lift entry ban
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    Taiwan is considering countermeasures if the Philippines does not lift a ban on Taiwanese citizens visiting the country over fears about the coronavirus, the island's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Taiwan is considering countermeasures if the Philippines does not lift a ban on Taiwanese citizens visiting the country over fears about the coronavirus, the island's foreign ministry said on Thursday.


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  • 48/81   China sacked a brace of top officials in Hubei province, likely in a move to protect Xi Jinping from people's anger over the coronavirus outbreak
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    Xi Jinping has avoided involving himself in the fight against the Wuhan coronavrius. Experts say it indicates that Beijing wants to dodge the blame.

    Xi Jinping has avoided involving himself in the fight against the Wuhan coronavrius. Experts say it indicates that Beijing wants to dodge the blame.


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  • 49/81   US military prepping for coronavirus pandemic
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    U.S. Northern Command is bracing for an outbreak of the new coronavirus on U.S. soil, if it should occur.

    U.S. Northern Command is bracing for an outbreak of the new coronavirus on U.S. soil, if it should occur.


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  • 50/81   These County Jails Shamelessly Detained Immigrants for ICE
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    Holding immigrant detainees in jails may strengthen the public’s unfounded assumptions about the criminality of immigrants, given that the public often assumes that jails are only for criminal defendants awaiting their trials or for those serving their criminal sentence.

    Holding immigrant detainees in jails may strengthen the public’s unfounded assumptions about the criminality of immigrants, given that the public often assumes that jails are only for criminal defendants awaiting their trials or for those serving their criminal sentence.


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  • 51/81   Reports: Trump donor accused of spying on Yovanovitch hands 'everything' to Congress
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    A donor to President Trump who was accused of “stalking” the former ambassador to Ukraine at the behest of Rudy Giuliani’s associates has provided documents to Congress as it opens its investigation into the ousting of Marie Yovanovitch, a crucial witness in the president’s impeachment.

    A donor to President Trump who was accused of “stalking” the former ambassador to Ukraine at the behest of Rudy Giuliani’s associates has provided documents to Congress as it opens its investigation into the ousting of Marie Yovanovitch, a crucial witness in the president’s impeachment.


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  • 52/81   "I feel great": Astronaut Christina Koch on record stay in space
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    NASA astronaut Christina Koch talks to Norah O'Donnell about her 328-day mission in space and whether she's up for a trip to the moon.

    NASA astronaut Christina Koch talks to Norah O'Donnell about her 328-day mission in space and whether she's up for a trip to the moon.


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  • 53/81   Want to be an astronaut? NASA will accept applications soon
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    Folks with astral ambitions will have a place to channel their energies in March when NASA opens the application process for its astronaut corps.

    Folks with astral ambitions will have a place to channel their energies in March when NASA opens the application process for its astronaut corps.


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  • 54/81   A new T. rex relative called the 'reaper of death' has been discovered in Canada
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    Not all tyrannosaurs were as big as the T. rex. A tinier T. rex cousin, called the "reaper of death," was recently found in Alberta.

    Not all tyrannosaurs were as big as the T. rex. A tinier T. rex cousin, called the "reaper of death," was recently found in Alberta.


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  • 55/81   Scientists detect an unexplainable radio signal from outer space that repeats every 16 days
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    For the first time, scientists have detected a radio signal from outer space that repeats at regular intervals.

    For the first time, scientists have detected a radio signal from outer space that repeats at regular intervals.


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  • 56/81   Betelgeuse Is Acting Really Weird Right Now. Could It Be Ready To Go Supernova?
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    A neighboring star is showing some unusual activity and that could mean it's about to blow.

    A neighboring star is showing some unusual activity and that could mean it's about to blow.


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  • 57/81   The Climate Crisis Is Threatening Bees. Here’s What's Helping To Save Them.
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    From supporting farmers to citizen science, communities are working to protect these vital pollinators.

    From supporting farmers to citizen science, communities are working to protect these vital pollinators.


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  • 58/81   NASA astronaut Christina Koch said she 'felt like a baby' — and was craving chips and salsa — after her record 11-month trip to space
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    The NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth after 328 days in space, the longest mission by a woman.

    The NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth after 328 days in space, the longest mission by a woman.


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  • 59/81   People quarantined at a US military base are petitioning the CDC after a woman who tested positive for the coronavirus was accidentally released from hospital isolation
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    The petition said the listed improvements were "critical measures toward mitigating the potential risk of spreading the virus at the Miramar Center."

    The petition said the listed improvements were "critical measures toward mitigating the potential risk of spreading the virus at the Miramar Center."


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  • 60/81   11 crew on the quarantined coronavirus cruise ship have contracted the disease — and the rest are afraid they'll be next
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    "Are we not part of the ship? If passengers have been isolated, why haven't we yet?" an anonymous cook told the Washington Post.

    "Are we not part of the ship? If passengers have been isolated, why haven't we yet?" an anonymous cook told the Washington Post.


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  • 61/81   China boasted that it built 2 new coronavirus hospitals in 12 days. But they're treating less than half the people they're supposed to.
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    China grabbed the world's attention by planning, building, and opening two hospitals in under two weeks. But the reality is more complicated.

    China grabbed the world's attention by planning, building, and opening two hospitals in under two weeks. But the reality is more complicated.


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  • 62/81   Rishi Sunak Named Chancellor After Javid Quits: U.K. Reshuffle
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Sajid Javid quit as U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer following a row with Boris Johnson, sending the prime minister’s Cabinet reshuffle off course. Rishi Sunak was appointed to replace him.Johnson earlier fired a clutch of senior ministers, including Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, as he seeks to stamp his authority on his top team after winning a big majority in December’s general election.Sajid Javid Quits as U.K. Chancellor in Major Blow to JohnsonKey Developments:Javid quits after argument with Johnson over advisersSunak named Chancellor; he has long been viewed as a rising star in the Conservative PartyAttorney General Geoffrey Cox and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith confirm their dismissalsForeign Secretary Dominic Raab, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Home Secretary Priti Patel stay in their postsTrevelyan Named Development Secretary (1:40 p.m.)Anne-Marie Trevelyan was named international development secretary, replacing Alok Sharma, who took the business portfolio.Previously minister for the armed forces, Trevelyan is a vocal Brexit supporter. She resigned from her position as a parliamentary private secretary in 2018 in protest over former Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft divorce deal with Brussels.Elected in 2015, she joined the pro-Brexit European Research Group and represents the northern community of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which has an active fishing community. She has been a regular advocate of the U.K. regaining control of its fishing waters after leaving the EU.McDonnell Bids Farewell to ‘Chino’ (12:50 p.m.)John McDonnell, economy spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party, said Sajid Javid’s resignation showed that Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s most senior adviser, had taken over the U.K.’s purse strings.“Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as Chancellor,” McDonnell, who earlier this week taunted Javid as “Chino,” or “Chancellor in name only,” said in a statement.Javid was in the job for less than seven months, making him the shortest-serving chancellor for 50 years.Sharma Named Business Secretary (12:45 p.m.)Alok Sharma has been promoted to Business Secretary, replacing Andrea Leadsom.Sharma, previously International Development Secretary, will also oversee the next stage of global climate change talks, known as COP 26, in Glasgow this year.Climate Summit Row Overshadows Johnson’s Clean Cars PledgeDespite backing Remain in the 2016 referendum on the U.K.‘s EU membership, Sharma, 52, was loyal to both Theresa May and Boris Johnson on Brexit, consistently voting for their divorce deals in the House of Commons.Pound Rallies on Fiscal Speculation (12:30 p.m.)The pound rallied above $1.30 while gilts fell after Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer, causing speculation the U.K. may move toward more fiscal stimulus.Javid’s departure led to speculation there may be increased fiscal spending as Boris Johnson moves away from Javid’s already loosened fiscal rules.Pound Rallies as Javid Resignation Prompts Fiscal SpeculationSunak appointed Chancellor (12:20 p.m.)Rishi Sunak, who was chief secretary to the Treasury before Sajid Javid’s dramatic resignation, was appointed to succeed him in the top job at the Treasury.Sunak is seen as a rising star in the Conservative Party, who worked at Goldman Sachs and in hedge funds before his career in politics. Elected to Parliament in 2015, he backed Brexit and was promoted to his Treasury role by Johnson last year.A graduate of Oxford with an MBA from Stanford, he represented the Tories in TV debates during the 2019 general election.Gove, Raab, Patel Stay in Post (12:15 p.m.)Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will stay in their jobs, Johnson’s office said in an email. Home Secretary Priti Patel is also staying on.Javid Quits as Chancellor (12 p.m.)Sajid Javid quit as U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, a shock departure from Boris Johnson’s government.Javid was offered the job on the condition that he sacked all five of his special advisers at the request of the prime minister, which he refused, according to two people familiar with the matter.Javid had served as Britain’s finance minister since July 2019. His departure comes just weeks before the budget, where he was expected to announce a “decade of renewal” with tax cuts and spending for disadvantaged areas.Javid stood for leadership of the Conservative Party against Johnson last year, coming fourth in the race, before being appointed Chancellor.Javid Quits as Chancellor, Sun Reports (11:50 a.m.)Sajid javid has quit as chancellor of the exchequer, the Sun newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.Varadkar Adds to Praise for Smith (11:30 a.m.)Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar added to the praise for fired Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, further underlining the respect there is for him across the Irish Sea.Smiling Ministers Remaining in Cabinet (11:25 a.m.)Several Cabinet ministers have already been spotted arriving at Johnson’s office in Number 10 Downing Street with smiles on their faces. The fact that they are walking up Downing Street is a clear sign that they’ll still be in Johnson’s top team at the end of the day -- though they may change jobs.Chancellor Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and International Development Secretary Alok Sharma have all entered Number 10 through the famous black door.Ireland’s Coveney Thanks Smith (10:45 a.m.)Simon Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, sent a message of support to Julian Smith, who won the respect of politicians in Dublin and Belfast for his role in restarting power-sharing in Northern Ireland last month (See 9.25 a.m).Coveney described Smith as “effective” at “a time of real challenge and risk” and said the restoration of the government in Northern Ireland would not have been possible without his leadership.Smith’s replacement will have to work fast to build up trust on both sides of the border. Trade arrangements on the island of Ireland, and the continuation of the peace process, will come under strain in ongoing negotiations on the U.K.’s future partnership with the EU.Morgan Leaves Cabinet of Own Volition (10:30 a.m.)Nicky Morgan told Bloomberg that she’s left the cabinet of her own volition, in a move that had been widely expected. She stepped down from the House of Commons at the general election, but Johnson appointed her to the House of Lords and persuaded her to stay on in her role as Culture Secretary until the reshuffle.Morgan’s successor will inherit a headache in the government’s decision to allow Huawei Technologies Co. to be involved in the U.K.’s 5G telecom networks: there’s growing opposition to the decision among rank-and-file Conservative members of Parliament.Cox Quits at PM’s Request (10:25 a.m.)Attorney General Geoffrey Cox confirmed he has been forced out of the cabinet by Johnson, publishing a letter to the prime minister in which he said he was “writing to resign that office, as you requested.”Cox, who provided often controversial legal advice to the government as first Theresa May, then Johnson, tried to get Brexit through Parliament, said he had sought to give “candid and independent” guidance to ministers.He also used the letter to remind the prime minister that he had introduced him at the launch of his campaign to be Tory leader last summer, underlining the turnaround in the relationship between the two men.Villiers Confirms She’s Been Fired (10:10 a.m.)Theresa Villiers confirmed she’s been fired as environment secretary in a post on Facebook listing her achievements in office, including publishing “the most important Environment Bill for decades.”“What the Prime Minister giveth, the Prime Minister taketh away,” Villiers wrote. “Just over six months ago, I was delighted to be invited by the Prime Minister to return to government after three years on the backbenches. This morning he told me that I need to make way for someone new.”Johnson Ousts Business Secretary Leadsom (10 a.m.)Prominent Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom confirmed she’s been fired from Boris Johnson’s Cabinet and will no longer serve in his government.Leadsom, 56, twice ran for leader of the Tory party and had been business secretary in Johnson’s government since July. Her resignation from Theresa May’s Cabinet last year helped to precipitate the former prime minister’s downfall, which paved the way for Johnson to take over.McVey Fired From Cabinet (9:55 a.m.)Esther McVey has been fired as housing minister, she said on Twitter, before pledging her continuing support to the government.“I’m very sorry to be relieved of my duties as Housing Minister,” she wrote. “I’m very grateful to the Prime Minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government & he will continue to have my support from the back benches.”McVey, a prominent Brexiteer, was appointed to the role by Johnson when he took office in July.Smith Confirms He’s Left Cabinet (9:40 a.m.)Julian Smith confirmed by phone that he’s been sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary, clarifying his Tweet earlier suggesting that was the case (see 9:35 a.m.)Smith Suggests He’s Been Fired (9:25 a.m.)Julian Smith indicated on Twitter he’s been dismissed as Northern Ireland Secretary.“Serving the people of Northern Ireland has been the biggest privilege. I am extremely grateful to Boris Johnson for giving me the chance to serve this amazing part of our country,” Smith wrote. “The warmth & support from people across NI has been incredible. Thank you so much.”Nightmare on Downing Street as Team Johnson Fears Brexit MutinySmith appears to have been sacked from the role despite being credited with bringing the opposing parties in Northern Ireland together to restart the province’s power-sharing executive last month after a three-year hiatus.Tory Party’s Challenge With Women (8:45 a.m.)While Boris Johnson plans to promote more women to junior roles in Thursday’s government reshuffle, a look at the makeup of the Parliamentary Conservative Party shows the challenge it faces in pushing women up through the ranks.While a record 87 women were elected Conservative Members of Parliament in December’s election, that’s still just 24% of the party’s 365 MPs. The opposition Labour Party, by contrast, has 104 women among its 202 MPs.Currently, seven out of the Cabinet’s 22 full members are women; of the 32 ministers who attend Cabinet (including full members), 8 are women.Pickles: Reshuffle Vital for Getting Things Done (Earlier)Former Conservative Party chairman Eric Pickles urged Boris Johnson to select people who can deliver on policies by effectively running their departments, rather than just because they are good media performers.“Who can get things done? You can be the greatest communicator in the world, but if you can’t get things done you’re not that much use to a government,” Pickles told Sky News. “The big question is what is the government going to be like for Boris over the next two years, because ff he gets this reshuffle wrong, he isn’t really going to be able to change very much.”Meanwhile Tobias Ellwood, Tory chairman of the House of Commons Defence Committee, said the prime minister needs to ensure there are dissenting voices around the cabinet table. “A good confident prime minister needs people round the table who will take collective responsibility but also tell perhaps the things he doesn’t want to hear,” he told Sky News.Earlier:Women Set for Junior Jobs in Johnson’s U.K. Government ReshuffleJohnson Heralds U.K. ‘Golden Age’ as He Pushes On With Brexxit\--With assistance from Thomas Penny, John Ainger and Alex Morales.To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;Tim Ross in London at tross54@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor 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 to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Sajid Javid quit as U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer following a row with Boris Johnson, sending the prime minister’s Cabinet reshuffle off course. Rishi Sunak was appointed to replace him.Johnson earlier fired a clutch of senior ministers, including Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, as he seeks to stamp his authority on his top team after winning a big majority in December’s general election.Sajid Javid Quits as U.K. Chancellor in Major Blow to JohnsonKey Developments:Javid quits after argument with Johnson over advisersSunak named Chancellor; he has long been viewed as a rising star in the Conservative PartyAttorney General Geoffrey Cox and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith confirm their dismissalsForeign Secretary Dominic Raab, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Home Secretary Priti Patel stay in their postsTrevelyan Named Development Secretary (1:40 p.m.)Anne-Marie Trevelyan was named international development secretary, replacing Alok Sharma, who took the business portfolio.Previously minister for the armed forces, Trevelyan is a vocal Brexit supporter. She resigned from her position as a parliamentary private secretary in 2018 in protest over former Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft divorce deal with Brussels.Elected in 2015, she joined the pro-Brexit European Research Group and represents the northern community of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which has an active fishing community. She has been a regular advocate of the U.K. regaining control of its fishing waters after leaving the EU.McDonnell Bids Farewell to ‘Chino’ (12:50 p.m.)John McDonnell, economy spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party, said Sajid Javid’s resignation showed that Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s most senior adviser, had taken over the U.K.’s purse strings.“Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as Chancellor,” McDonnell, who earlier this week taunted Javid as “Chino,” or “Chancellor in name only,” said in a statement.Javid was in the job for less than seven months, making him the shortest-serving chancellor for 50 years.Sharma Named Business Secretary (12:45 p.m.)Alok Sharma has been promoted to Business Secretary, replacing Andrea Leadsom.Sharma, previously International Development Secretary, will also oversee the next stage of global climate change talks, known as COP 26, in Glasgow this year.Climate Summit Row Overshadows Johnson’s Clean Cars PledgeDespite backing Remain in the 2016 referendum on the U.K.‘s EU membership, Sharma, 52, was loyal to both Theresa May and Boris Johnson on Brexit, consistently voting for their divorce deals in the House of Commons.Pound Rallies on Fiscal Speculation (12:30 p.m.)The pound rallied above $1.30 while gilts fell after Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer, causing speculation the U.K. may move toward more fiscal stimulus.Javid’s departure led to speculation there may be increased fiscal spending as Boris Johnson moves away from Javid’s already loosened fiscal rules.Pound Rallies as Javid Resignation Prompts Fiscal SpeculationSunak appointed Chancellor (12:20 p.m.)Rishi Sunak, who was chief secretary to the Treasury before Sajid Javid’s dramatic resignation, was appointed to succeed him in the top job at the Treasury.Sunak is seen as a rising star in the Conservative Party, who worked at Goldman Sachs and in hedge funds before his career in politics. Elected to Parliament in 2015, he backed Brexit and was promoted to his Treasury role by Johnson last year.A graduate of Oxford with an MBA from Stanford, he represented the Tories in TV debates during the 2019 general election.Gove, Raab, Patel Stay in Post (12:15 p.m.)Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will stay in their jobs, Johnson’s office said in an email. Home Secretary Priti Patel is also staying on.Javid Quits as Chancellor (12 p.m.)Sajid Javid quit as U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer, a shock departure from Boris Johnson’s government.Javid was offered the job on the condition that he sacked all five of his special advisers at the request of the prime minister, which he refused, according to two people familiar with the matter.Javid had served as Britain’s finance minister since July 2019. His departure comes just weeks before the budget, where he was expected to announce a “decade of renewal” with tax cuts and spending for disadvantaged areas.Javid stood for leadership of the Conservative Party against Johnson last year, coming fourth in the race, before being appointed Chancellor.Javid Quits as Chancellor, Sun Reports (11:50 a.m.)Sajid javid has quit as chancellor of the exchequer, the Sun newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.Varadkar Adds to Praise for Smith (11:30 a.m.)Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar added to the praise for fired Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, further underlining the respect there is for him across the Irish Sea.Smiling Ministers Remaining in Cabinet (11:25 a.m.)Several Cabinet ministers have already been spotted arriving at Johnson’s office in Number 10 Downing Street with smiles on their faces. The fact that they are walking up Downing Street is a clear sign that they’ll still be in Johnson’s top team at the end of the day -- though they may change jobs.Chancellor Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and International Development Secretary Alok Sharma have all entered Number 10 through the famous black door.Ireland’s Coveney Thanks Smith (10:45 a.m.)Simon Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, sent a message of support to Julian Smith, who won the respect of politicians in Dublin and Belfast for his role in restarting power-sharing in Northern Ireland last month (See 9.25 a.m).Coveney described Smith as “effective” at “a time of real challenge and risk” and said the restoration of the government in Northern Ireland would not have been possible without his leadership.Smith’s replacement will have to work fast to build up trust on both sides of the border. Trade arrangements on the island of Ireland, and the continuation of the peace process, will come under strain in ongoing negotiations on the U.K.’s future partnership with the EU.Morgan Leaves Cabinet of Own Volition (10:30 a.m.)Nicky Morgan told Bloomberg that she’s left the cabinet of her own volition, in a move that had been widely expected. She stepped down from the House of Commons at the general election, but Johnson appointed her to the House of Lords and persuaded her to stay on in her role as Culture Secretary until the reshuffle.Morgan’s successor will inherit a headache in the government’s decision to allow Huawei Technologies Co. to be involved in the U.K.’s 5G telecom networks: there’s growing opposition to the decision among rank-and-file Conservative members of Parliament.Cox Quits at PM’s Request (10:25 a.m.)Attorney General Geoffrey Cox confirmed he has been forced out of the cabinet by Johnson, publishing a letter to the prime minister in which he said he was “writing to resign that office, as you requested.”Cox, who provided often controversial legal advice to the government as first Theresa May, then Johnson, tried to get Brexit through Parliament, said he had sought to give “candid and independent” guidance to ministers.He also used the letter to remind the prime minister that he had introduced him at the launch of his campaign to be Tory leader last summer, underlining the turnaround in the relationship between the two men.Villiers Confirms She’s Been Fired (10:10 a.m.)Theresa Villiers confirmed she’s been fired as environment secretary in a post on Facebook listing her achievements in office, including publishing “the most important Environment Bill for decades.”“What the Prime Minister giveth, the Prime Minister taketh away,” Villiers wrote. “Just over six months ago, I was delighted to be invited by the Prime Minister to return to government after three years on the backbenches. This morning he told me that I need to make way for someone new.”Johnson Ousts Business Secretary Leadsom (10 a.m.)Prominent Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom confirmed she’s been fired from Boris Johnson’s Cabinet and will no longer serve in his government.Leadsom, 56, twice ran for leader of the Tory party and had been business secretary in Johnson’s government since July. Her resignation from Theresa May’s Cabinet last year helped to precipitate the former prime minister’s downfall, which paved the way for Johnson to take over.McVey Fired From Cabinet (9:55 a.m.)Esther McVey has been fired as housing minister, she said on Twitter, before pledging her continuing support to the government.“I’m very sorry to be relieved of my duties as Housing Minister,” she wrote. “I’m very grateful to the Prime Minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government & he will continue to have my support from the back benches.”McVey, a prominent Brexiteer, was appointed to the role by Johnson when he took office in July.Smith Confirms He’s Left Cabinet (9:40 a.m.)Julian Smith confirmed by phone that he’s been sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary, clarifying his Tweet earlier suggesting that was the case (see 9:35 a.m.)Smith Suggests He’s Been Fired (9:25 a.m.)Julian Smith indicated on Twitter he’s been dismissed as Northern Ireland Secretary.“Serving the people of Northern Ireland has been the biggest privilege. I am extremely grateful to Boris Johnson for giving me the chance to serve this amazing part of our country,” Smith wrote. “The warmth & support from people across NI has been incredible. Thank you so much.”Nightmare on Downing Street as Team Johnson Fears Brexit MutinySmith appears to have been sacked from the role despite being credited with bringing the opposing parties in Northern Ireland together to restart the province’s power-sharing executive last month after a three-year hiatus.Tory Party’s Challenge With Women (8:45 a.m.)While Boris Johnson plans to promote more women to junior roles in Thursday’s government reshuffle, a look at the makeup of the Parliamentary Conservative Party shows the challenge it faces in pushing women up through the ranks.While a record 87 women were elected Conservative Members of Parliament in December’s election, that’s still just 24% of the party’s 365 MPs. The opposition Labour Party, by contrast, has 104 women among its 202 MPs.Currently, seven out of the Cabinet’s 22 full members are women; of the 32 ministers who attend Cabinet (including full members), 8 are women.Pickles: Reshuffle Vital for Getting Things Done (Earlier)Former Conservative Party chairman Eric Pickles urged Boris Johnson to select people who can deliver on policies by effectively running their departments, rather than just because they are good media performers.“Who can get things done? You can be the greatest communicator in the world, but if you can’t get things done you’re not that much use to a government,” Pickles told Sky News. “The big question is what is the government going to be like for Boris over the next two years, because ff he gets this reshuffle wrong, he isn’t really going to be able to change very much.”Meanwhile Tobias Ellwood, Tory chairman of the House of Commons Defence Committee, said the prime minister needs to ensure there are dissenting voices around the cabinet table. “A good confident prime minister needs people round the table who will take collective responsibility but also tell perhaps the things he doesn’t want to hear,” he told Sky News.Earlier:Women Set for Junior Jobs in Johnson’s U.K. Government ReshuffleJohnson Heralds U.K. ‘Golden Age’ as He Pushes On With Brexxit\--With assistance from Thomas Penny, John Ainger and Alex Morales.To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.net;Tim Ross in London at tross54@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Stuart Biggs, Thomas PennyFor 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   Iraq green-lights resumption of NATO training effort
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    The Iraqi government has given NATO the green light to stay in the country, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, weeks after Iraq demanded that foreign forces leave over the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general at Baghdad airport.  “The government of Iraq has confirmed to us their desire for a continuation of the NATO training, advising and capacity building activities for the Iraqi armed forces,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels during a meeting of allied defense ministers.  “We will only stay in Iraq as long as we are welcome,” he added.

    The Iraqi government has given NATO the green light to stay in the country, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, weeks after Iraq demanded that foreign forces leave over the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general at Baghdad airport. “The government of Iraq has confirmed to us their desire for a continuation of the NATO training, advising and capacity building activities for the Iraqi armed forces,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels during a meeting of allied defense ministers. “We will only stay in Iraq as long as we are welcome,” he added.


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  • 64/81   New U.K. Chancellor of Exchequer Is an Ex-Goldman Sachs Man
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    (Bloomberg) -- Who is Rishi Sunak, the man who in a stunning turn of events was appointed U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer less than a month before the first budget of Boris Johnson’s new government?The former Goldman Sachs banker is 39 and has been viewed as a rising star in the Conservative Party, with the ConservativeHome website anointing him “the next prime minister” earlier in the year. In July he was made chief secretary to the Treasury -- the second most important job in the finance ministry.Sunak entered Parliament in 2015, elected to represent Richmond in Yorkshire, the constituency previously held by William Hague, a former party Leader. Theresa May appointed him as a junior minister and he went on to back Johnson in last year’s leadership campaign in a joint piece in The Times. That earned him a promotion to the cabinet when Johnson won.Sunak is a more pro-Brexit chancellor than Javid, who campaigned for Remain back in 2016 (Sunak was a Leaver). In 2017, he co-authored an article highlighting five benefits of Brexit, including striking new trade deals, improving regulation and being free of EU state aid rules. “It’s time to shout about that idealistic and hopeful vision for post-Brexit Britain,” he wrote. “Opportunities like these are what Brexit means to us.”The pound rose on the news, on expectation that this chancellor will loosen the purse strings. According to a research note by Capital Economics, his previous votes in Parliament “suggest his views are perhaps more aligned with those of the Prime Minister and his Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings than Javid’s.”“ His voting history shows he’s an ardent Brexiteer, supports reductions in corporation tax, cuts to capital gains tax and he’s gone on the record as favouring infrastructure investment,” the note said. “So this is either going to be a meeting of minds or Sunak will be the Prime Minister’s yes man living in Number 11.”He’s frequently been sent out by the government to do the morning round of TV and radio interviews, a clear sign that he’s seen by Number 10 as a solid performer. Notably, he deputized for Johnson in televised leadership debates during the election campaign.The Hindu son of a doctor and a pharmacist, Sunak attended Winchester College, one of the country’s most prestigious private schools, before studying at Oxford and Stanford Universities. He’s married to Akshata Murthy, the daughter of Indian billionaire, Infosys Ltd. co-founder Narayana Murthy.(Adds quote and market reaction)To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net;Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at fjackson@bloomberg.net;Tim Ross at tross54@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) -- Who is Rishi Sunak, the man who in a stunning turn of events was appointed U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer less than a month before the first budget of Boris Johnson’s new government?The former Goldman Sachs banker is 39 and has been viewed as a rising star in the Conservative Party, with the ConservativeHome website anointing him “the next prime minister” earlier in the year. In July he was made chief secretary to the Treasury -- the second most important job in the finance ministry.Sunak entered Parliament in 2015, elected to represent Richmond in Yorkshire, the constituency previously held by William Hague, a former party Leader. Theresa May appointed him as a junior minister and he went on to back Johnson in last year’s leadership campaign in a joint piece in The Times. That earned him a promotion to the cabinet when Johnson won.Sunak is a more pro-Brexit chancellor than Javid, who campaigned for Remain back in 2016 (Sunak was a Leaver). In 2017, he co-authored an article highlighting five benefits of Brexit, including striking new trade deals, improving regulation and being free of EU state aid rules. “It’s time to shout about that idealistic and hopeful vision for post-Brexit Britain,” he wrote. “Opportunities like these are what Brexit means to us.”The pound rose on the news, on expectation that this chancellor will loosen the purse strings. According to a research note by Capital Economics, his previous votes in Parliament “suggest his views are perhaps more aligned with those of the Prime Minister and his Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings than Javid’s.”“ His voting history shows he’s an ardent Brexiteer, supports reductions in corporation tax, cuts to capital gains tax and he’s gone on the record as favouring infrastructure investment,” the note said. “So this is either going to be a meeting of minds or Sunak will be the Prime Minister’s yes man living in Number 11.”He’s frequently been sent out by the government to do the morning round of TV and radio interviews, a clear sign that he’s seen by Number 10 as a solid performer. Notably, he deputized for Johnson in televised leadership debates during the election campaign.The Hindu son of a doctor and a pharmacist, Sunak attended Winchester College, one of the country’s most prestigious private schools, before studying at Oxford and Stanford Universities. He’s married to Akshata Murthy, the daughter of Indian billionaire, Infosys Ltd. co-founder Narayana Murthy.(Adds quote and market reaction)To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net;Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flavia Krause-Jackson at fjackson@bloomberg.net;Tim Ross at tross54@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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  • 65/81   Lebanon weighs defaulting or paying Eurobond next month
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    Lebanon's finance minister said Thursday the country's new government is weighing whether to pay or default on its $1.2 billion Eurobond maturing next month, amid an economic crisis that has sparked months of unrest.  Lebanon is facing a deepening liquidity crunch and a soaring public debt.  Lebanese banks raised interests rates in a bid to attract foreign investments — but now the influx of foreign currencies has dried up and the Central Bank's foreign currency reserves are shrinking.

    Lebanon's finance minister said Thursday the country's new government is weighing whether to pay or default on its $1.2 billion Eurobond maturing next month, amid an economic crisis that has sparked months of unrest. Lebanon is facing a deepening liquidity crunch and a soaring public debt. Lebanese banks raised interests rates in a bid to attract foreign investments — but now the influx of foreign currencies has dried up and the Central Bank's foreign currency reserves are shrinking.


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  • 66/81   China Moves to Ease Mounting Anger With Reset of Virus Fight
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    (Bloomberg) -- China took action on two fronts to gain control of the spiraling coronavirus outbreak gripping the country: reporting a dramatic increase in cases and ousting top officials who failed to check the disease’s expansion.The moves came within hours of each other Thursday. First, health authorities revealed that cases in Hubei province, where the disease first emerged, had surged by 45% to almost 50,000 after they included a new group of patients. That raised the global tally to almost 60,000, dashing hopes that the epidemic might be easing.Then, authorities announced the replacement of the two most senior Communist Party officials in Hubei and its hard-hit capital, Wuhan. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong -- a former top judge who once served under President Xi Jinping -- was named to replace embattled provincial boss, Jiang Chaoliang.The shakeup represented the biggest political fallout yet from an outbreak that has in a little over two months shaken confidence in China’s leaders and caused countries from the U.S. to Japan to restrict or block visits by its citizens. The decision on the heels of the expanded case tally was reminiscent of a boardroom reset, in which bad numbers are disclosed first to give the new team a clean slate.“First of all, they are trying to clean up the backlog of untested people who haven’t been confirmed,” said Ether Yin, partner at Beijing-based consulting firm Trivium China. “It’s politically important for them to get the number right before the new party boss comes in, so that all the new confirmed cases happened under Jiang Chaoliang’s watch. The new party secretary needs a new starting line.”The surprise revision came amid mounting speculation that China was undercounting cases of the new coronavirus strain, as countries around the world struggle to contain a disease that appears to spread when patients show only mild symptoms. Daily declines in new cases in Hubei earlier this week helped push U.S. equity markets to record highs on Wednesday.U.S. equity futures followed most Asian stock markets lower on Thursday as investors digested the sudden changes at the epicenter of the outbreak. The moves came hours after Xi urged a meeting of the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee to follow through on epidemic-control efforts, which he said had achieved “positive” results.‘All-Out’ EffortsXi has ordered “all-out” efforts to contain the disease and forcibly quarantined more than 40 million people in Hubei, while the party appointed a task force led by Premier Li Keqiang to coordinate the nationwide response. In recent days, the central government sent two senior officials to help lead the response in Hubei, and removed two top members of the provincial health commission from their posts.Pressure has increased on the party after a nationwide outpouring of grief and fury over the death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was accused by local police of spreading rumors after sounding one of the first warnings about the outbreak of the disease now known as COVID-19. Indications that news of Li’s death from the disease was also censored by Chinese authorities prompted further outrage on social media.“With the full support of the central leading team, the new frontline commanders, together with some newly appointed officials to head the local disease control and prevention systems, have been entrusted with the urgent mission of getting to grips with the situation in the hardest-hit region,” the China Daily, a state-run newspaper directed at an English-speaking audience, wrote in a commentary published Thursday.The reshuffle raises the stakes for Xi as he takes greater personal responsibility for the response. Ying was appointed mayor of Shanghai in January 2017 after a career spent mostly in the financial center and neighboring Zhejiang province, including stints under the future president.Jiang, a former governor of Jilin province who’s held posts at several banks, has led Hubei’s provincial party committee since October 2016. He had previously led the People’s Bank of China’s Shenzhen and Guangzhou branches during the Asian financial crisis.Local officials often bear the brunt when crises threaten the ruling party. China fired more than 100 officials, including the health minister and the mayor of Beijing, after allegations that local governments suppressed information about a similar outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003.“This is a critical juncture of the campaign, so you also want to show resolve -- that the central government is winning the war, and is even willing to change the leadership to get that done,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and director of Seton Hall University’s Center for Global Health Studies. “This is a demonstration of resolve -- and the fact that they’re willing to take heed of public opinion.”Counting MethodThe change in counting method will renew concern over the effectiveness the tests currently used to identify stricken patients globally, and raise questions over the true scale of the outbreak that has killed more than 1,300 people, all but two on mainland China.The traditional nucleic acid test identifies the virus in a patient’s body through its specific genetic sequence, but reports of a severe lack of test kits and the unreliability of test results have circulated since the start of the crisis. In Wuhan, people with symptoms like fever and coughing wait for hours in line to get tested. Those who test negative are usually turned away from the hospital.The issue has cropped up outside China, as well. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that test kits shipped to labs around the world last week have proved faulty.The spike in number will likely intensify public anger against the government’s handling of the crisis. In an update to its treatment guidelines on Feb. 5, China’s National Health Commission added the category of “clinically diagnosed cases” in recognition of a shortage of nucleic acid tests. Hubei didn’t include that category in its count until Thursday, a week later.Yin, the Trivium partner, said the revision could actually help counter skepticism about China’s official data on the outbreak. “If the government is willing to see numbers jump by over 10,000 overnight, I would say that actually shows the government is not hiding the numbers this time,” Yin said.(Updates with China Daily commentary under ‘All-Out’ Efforts subheadline.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.net;Dong Lyu in Beijing at dlyu3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, ;Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Sharon ChenFor 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) -- China took action on two fronts to gain control of the spiraling coronavirus outbreak gripping the country: reporting a dramatic increase in cases and ousting top officials who failed to check the disease’s expansion.The moves came within hours of each other Thursday. First, health authorities revealed that cases in Hubei province, where the disease first emerged, had surged by 45% to almost 50,000 after they included a new group of patients. That raised the global tally to almost 60,000, dashing hopes that the epidemic might be easing.Then, authorities announced the replacement of the two most senior Communist Party officials in Hubei and its hard-hit capital, Wuhan. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong -- a former top judge who once served under President Xi Jinping -- was named to replace embattled provincial boss, Jiang Chaoliang.The shakeup represented the biggest political fallout yet from an outbreak that has in a little over two months shaken confidence in China’s leaders and caused countries from the U.S. to Japan to restrict or block visits by its citizens. The decision on the heels of the expanded case tally was reminiscent of a boardroom reset, in which bad numbers are disclosed first to give the new team a clean slate.“First of all, they are trying to clean up the backlog of untested people who haven’t been confirmed,” said Ether Yin, partner at Beijing-based consulting firm Trivium China. “It’s politically important for them to get the number right before the new party boss comes in, so that all the new confirmed cases happened under Jiang Chaoliang’s watch. The new party secretary needs a new starting line.”The surprise revision came amid mounting speculation that China was undercounting cases of the new coronavirus strain, as countries around the world struggle to contain a disease that appears to spread when patients show only mild symptoms. Daily declines in new cases in Hubei earlier this week helped push U.S. equity markets to record highs on Wednesday.U.S. equity futures followed most Asian stock markets lower on Thursday as investors digested the sudden changes at the epicenter of the outbreak. The moves came hours after Xi urged a meeting of the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee to follow through on epidemic-control efforts, which he said had achieved “positive” results.‘All-Out’ EffortsXi has ordered “all-out” efforts to contain the disease and forcibly quarantined more than 40 million people in Hubei, while the party appointed a task force led by Premier Li Keqiang to coordinate the nationwide response. In recent days, the central government sent two senior officials to help lead the response in Hubei, and removed two top members of the provincial health commission from their posts.Pressure has increased on the party after a nationwide outpouring of grief and fury over the death of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was accused by local police of spreading rumors after sounding one of the first warnings about the outbreak of the disease now known as COVID-19. Indications that news of Li’s death from the disease was also censored by Chinese authorities prompted further outrage on social media.“With the full support of the central leading team, the new frontline commanders, together with some newly appointed officials to head the local disease control and prevention systems, have been entrusted with the urgent mission of getting to grips with the situation in the hardest-hit region,” the China Daily, a state-run newspaper directed at an English-speaking audience, wrote in a commentary published Thursday.The reshuffle raises the stakes for Xi as he takes greater personal responsibility for the response. Ying was appointed mayor of Shanghai in January 2017 after a career spent mostly in the financial center and neighboring Zhejiang province, including stints under the future president.Jiang, a former governor of Jilin province who’s held posts at several banks, has led Hubei’s provincial party committee since October 2016. He had previously led the People’s Bank of China’s Shenzhen and Guangzhou branches during the Asian financial crisis.Local officials often bear the brunt when crises threaten the ruling party. China fired more than 100 officials, including the health minister and the mayor of Beijing, after allegations that local governments suppressed information about a similar outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003.“This is a critical juncture of the campaign, so you also want to show resolve -- that the central government is winning the war, and is even willing to change the leadership to get that done,” said Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and director of Seton Hall University’s Center for Global Health Studies. “This is a demonstration of resolve -- and the fact that they’re willing to take heed of public opinion.”Counting MethodThe change in counting method will renew concern over the effectiveness the tests currently used to identify stricken patients globally, and raise questions over the true scale of the outbreak that has killed more than 1,300 people, all but two on mainland China.The traditional nucleic acid test identifies the virus in a patient’s body through its specific genetic sequence, but reports of a severe lack of test kits and the unreliability of test results have circulated since the start of the crisis. In Wuhan, people with symptoms like fever and coughing wait for hours in line to get tested. Those who test negative are usually turned away from the hospital.The issue has cropped up outside China, as well. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that test kits shipped to labs around the world last week have proved faulty.The spike in number will likely intensify public anger against the government’s handling of the crisis. In an update to its treatment guidelines on Feb. 5, China’s National Health Commission added the category of “clinically diagnosed cases” in recognition of a shortage of nucleic acid tests. Hubei didn’t include that category in its count until Thursday, a week later.Yin, the Trivium partner, said the revision could actually help counter skepticism about China’s official data on the outbreak. “If the government is willing to see numbers jump by over 10,000 overnight, I would say that actually shows the government is not hiding the numbers this time,” Yin said.(Updates with China Daily commentary under ‘All-Out’ Efforts subheadline.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.net;Dong Lyu in Beijing at dlyu3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, ;Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Sharon ChenFor 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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  • 67/81   Congress can't stop Trump
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    Try as they might, there is little that members of Congress can do to keep President Trump from taking the country to war if he really wants to.They are trying. The Senate on Wednesday gave initial approval to a resolution that limits the president's authority to launch attacks on Iran — just a few weeks after Trump brought the country to the brink of war by ordering the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Amazingly, the resolution even had bipartisan backing: Eight Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the measure."While the president does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said before the vote. "An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition. It's clearly stated in the Constitution."The president, of course, seems to consider the Constitution an annoyance — he bristles at any check on his power. On Wednesday, he argued against the resolution via Twitter:> It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness. Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani....> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020> ....If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020The resolution is bound to fail: Trump will almost certainly veto it when it comes to his desk. But even if Congress passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, it might do little to constrain Trump — or any other president determined to go to war with Iran.Presidents, after all, tend to take a very expansive view of their Constitutional commander-in-chief duties — and Congress, this new resolution notwithstanding, has often proven feckless about asserting its own prerogatives in warmaking. In 2006, Democrats won control of both the House and the Senate after Americans became tired of the war in Iraq — but they not only failed to end the war, then-President George W. Bush doubled down with a "surge" of troops to that country, deepening and lengthening U.S. involvement in combat there. Similar examples abound in U.S. history.The Iraq War, of course, had authorization from Congress. The new resolution would ostensibly require Trump to seek similar backing. But Kaine's own comments hint at an opening that would let the president disregard that requirement: All Trump has to do to send U.S. forces into combat is say that he was aiming to prevent an "imminent attack" from Iran.In fact, that was one of the many rationales that White House officials offered for the Soleimani assassination in January — Trump even at one point suggested Soleimani was plotting to strike as many as four U.S. embassies. Trump probably made up those plots, but it didn't matter. He ordered the strike on Soleimani without informing congressional leaders, and by the time the dust had cleared, Soleimani was dead and the U.S. at the precipice of a wider war with Iran — until cooler heads prevailed.The incident was one more reminder that you should never believe a word this president says. And Americans have learned they should expect him to bypass the restraints that previous presidents observed. So it isn't difficult to imagine a scenario in which Trump sent American forces into action without congressional approval — claiming an imminent attack, but offering no proof — then dared the House and Senate to do something about it. As already noted, history doesn't suggest Congress would rise to that challenge.In such a scenario, it is possible that the House could use its power of the purse to defund American military operations against Iran and thus force the president to bring the troops home. Politically it would be difficult — Trump could accuse lawmakers of failing to support American soldiers already in combat. And it's unclear whether the president would bend to such tactics.After all, Trump has already bypassed Congress on a funding matter once, using the defense budget to begin construction of a wall on the border with Mexico — after Congress refused to provide that funding in the first place. That dispute is still in the courts, but it offers an ominous guide to the president's willingness to bypass normal constraints.Hopefully, these scenarios don't come to fruition. Trump is somewhat famously unpredictable on the matter of war with Iran. He came to office promising to end Middle Eastern wars, and once called off an attack on that country's forces. But he also ordered Soleimani's assassination, and his policies toward Iran seem likely to keep tension high between the two countries. It is a good thing that the Senate is trying to act on a curb against his more aggressive tendencies. If the president wants war with Iran, though, it will be tough to stop him from getting it.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from theweek.com  Can Mike Bloomberg buy ironic meme glory? Yes, he can.  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    Try as they might, there is little that members of Congress can do to keep President Trump from taking the country to war if he really wants to.They are trying. The Senate on Wednesday gave initial approval to a resolution that limits the president's authority to launch attacks on Iran — just a few weeks after Trump brought the country to the brink of war by ordering the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Amazingly, the resolution even had bipartisan backing: Eight Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the measure."While the president does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said before the vote. "An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition. It's clearly stated in the Constitution."The president, of course, seems to consider the Constitution an annoyance — he bristles at any check on his power. On Wednesday, he argued against the resolution via Twitter:> It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness. Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani....> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020> ....If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020The resolution is bound to fail: Trump will almost certainly veto it when it comes to his desk. But even if Congress passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, it might do little to constrain Trump — or any other president determined to go to war with Iran.Presidents, after all, tend to take a very expansive view of their Constitutional commander-in-chief duties — and Congress, this new resolution notwithstanding, has often proven feckless about asserting its own prerogatives in warmaking. In 2006, Democrats won control of both the House and the Senate after Americans became tired of the war in Iraq — but they not only failed to end the war, then-President George W. Bush doubled down with a "surge" of troops to that country, deepening and lengthening U.S. involvement in combat there. Similar examples abound in U.S. history.The Iraq War, of course, had authorization from Congress. The new resolution would ostensibly require Trump to seek similar backing. But Kaine's own comments hint at an opening that would let the president disregard that requirement: All Trump has to do to send U.S. forces into combat is say that he was aiming to prevent an "imminent attack" from Iran.In fact, that was one of the many rationales that White House officials offered for the Soleimani assassination in January — Trump even at one point suggested Soleimani was plotting to strike as many as four U.S. embassies. Trump probably made up those plots, but it didn't matter. He ordered the strike on Soleimani without informing congressional leaders, and by the time the dust had cleared, Soleimani was dead and the U.S. at the precipice of a wider war with Iran — until cooler heads prevailed.The incident was one more reminder that you should never believe a word this president says. And Americans have learned they should expect him to bypass the restraints that previous presidents observed. So it isn't difficult to imagine a scenario in which Trump sent American forces into action without congressional approval — claiming an imminent attack, but offering no proof — then dared the House and Senate to do something about it. As already noted, history doesn't suggest Congress would rise to that challenge.In such a scenario, it is possible that the House could use its power of the purse to defund American military operations against Iran and thus force the president to bring the troops home. Politically it would be difficult — Trump could accuse lawmakers of failing to support American soldiers already in combat. And it's unclear whether the president would bend to such tactics.After all, Trump has already bypassed Congress on a funding matter once, using the defense budget to begin construction of a wall on the border with Mexico — after Congress refused to provide that funding in the first place. That dispute is still in the courts, but it offers an ominous guide to the president's willingness to bypass normal constraints.Hopefully, these scenarios don't come to fruition. Trump is somewhat famously unpredictable on the matter of war with Iran. He came to office promising to end Middle Eastern wars, and once called off an attack on that country's forces. But he also ordered Soleimani's assassination, and his policies toward Iran seem likely to keep tension high between the two countries. It is a good thing that the Senate is trying to act on a curb against his more aggressive tendencies. If the president wants war with Iran, though, it will be tough to stop him from getting it.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from theweek.com Can Mike Bloomberg buy ironic meme glory? Yes, he can. 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  • 68/81   Yemen patients finally treated in Jordan after years of war
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    Mohammed Hussein looks sadly at his wife as she lies in bed in a Jordanian hospital where she is being treated for cancer -- far from the devastating war back home in Yemen.  Dawla, too sick to talk, is one of a handful of critically ill Yemenis transported by the United Nations from the rebel-held capital Sanaa to Jordan for treatment.  A year and half ago, Yemeni doctors diagnosed the 40-year-old with thyroid cancer.

    Mohammed Hussein looks sadly at his wife as she lies in bed in a Jordanian hospital where she is being treated for cancer -- far from the devastating war back home in Yemen. Dawla, too sick to talk, is one of a handful of critically ill Yemenis transported by the United Nations from the rebel-held capital Sanaa to Jordan for treatment. A year and half ago, Yemeni doctors diagnosed the 40-year-old with thyroid cancer.


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  • 69/81   China Official Who Tore Down Church Crosses to Oversee Hong Kong
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    (Bloomberg) -- China named an official previously known for tearing crosses from the roofs of churches to lead the agency that oversees Hong Kong, in the biggest shakeup yet after months of unrest.Xia Baolong, 67, the vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will replace Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office, the State Council said Thursday. Xia is a former close aide to President Xi Jinping who served as Communist Party chief of Zhejiang province during a crackdown on Christian churches several years ago.The move follows last month’s appointment of Luo Huining, a cadre known for executing Xi’s anti-corruption campaign, as head of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong. The statement announcing Xia’s new title Thursday also made clear for the first time that the chief liaison reports directly to the Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office. Zhang will become a vice director in charge of “routine work.” “The reshuffling at this interesting moment may point to a deep distrust from Xi Jinping toward the former faction dealing with Hong Kong affairs,” said Sonny Lo, a Hong Kong-based academic and political commentator.“It’s clear that Xi Jinping wants to have a clear grasp of the situation in Hong Kong -- that’s the major point,” Lo added. “We’ll probably see some adjustment in Chinese policy toward Hong Kong.”The appointment of such a senior official potentially indicates a permanent overhaul in how Beijing manages the former British colony. The Communist Party issued a communique late last year signaling greater intervention in everything from education in Hong Kong to how the city picks its leader.Xia’s push in 2014 and 2015 to tear down crosses on the roofs of churches in ­the eastern province of Zhejiang was widely criticized by the international community. He was subsequently appointed to a leadership role on the CPPCC, the nation’s political advisory body and a post usually seen as a transition toward retirement for senior leaders.Under PressureHong Kong’s government, having weathered months of mass protests, now faces deepening public distrust over its handling of the spread of a coronavirus outbreak centered on the mainland that’s led to runs on surgical masks and toilet paper and shuttered local schools through March. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been under pressure from some groups, including health care workers, to fully seal off the border with mainland China.Though she stopped short of doing so, key checkpoints are largely closed, including the ferry terminal that links Hong Kong and Macau. The gaming hub, meanwhile, has been forced to temporarily close its casinos.Lam said in a statement Thursday she welcomed Xia’s appointment, adding that it showed “the central government attaches importance to Hong Kong and Macau affairs.”Xia’s appointment came as much of the region was focused on China’s sudden replacement of top officials in virus-stricken Hubei. On Thursday, China announced it was replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the party’s Hubei secretary.\--With assistance from Li Liu, Dandan Li and Natalie Lung.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@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) -- China named an official previously known for tearing crosses from the roofs of churches to lead the agency that oversees Hong Kong, in the biggest shakeup yet after months of unrest.Xia Baolong, 67, the vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will replace Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office, the State Council said Thursday. Xia is a former close aide to President Xi Jinping who served as Communist Party chief of Zhejiang province during a crackdown on Christian churches several years ago.The move follows last month’s appointment of Luo Huining, a cadre known for executing Xi’s anti-corruption campaign, as head of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong. The statement announcing Xia’s new title Thursday also made clear for the first time that the chief liaison reports directly to the Hong Kong & Macau Affairs Office. Zhang will become a vice director in charge of “routine work.” “The reshuffling at this interesting moment may point to a deep distrust from Xi Jinping toward the former faction dealing with Hong Kong affairs,” said Sonny Lo, a Hong Kong-based academic and political commentator.“It’s clear that Xi Jinping wants to have a clear grasp of the situation in Hong Kong -- that’s the major point,” Lo added. “We’ll probably see some adjustment in Chinese policy toward Hong Kong.”The appointment of such a senior official potentially indicates a permanent overhaul in how Beijing manages the former British colony. The Communist Party issued a communique late last year signaling greater intervention in everything from education in Hong Kong to how the city picks its leader.Xia’s push in 2014 and 2015 to tear down crosses on the roofs of churches in ­the eastern province of Zhejiang was widely criticized by the international community. He was subsequently appointed to a leadership role on the CPPCC, the nation’s political advisory body and a post usually seen as a transition toward retirement for senior leaders.Under PressureHong Kong’s government, having weathered months of mass protests, now faces deepening public distrust over its handling of the spread of a coronavirus outbreak centered on the mainland that’s led to runs on surgical masks and toilet paper and shuttered local schools through March. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been under pressure from some groups, including health care workers, to fully seal off the border with mainland China.Though she stopped short of doing so, key checkpoints are largely closed, including the ferry terminal that links Hong Kong and Macau. The gaming hub, meanwhile, has been forced to temporarily close its casinos.Lam said in a statement Thursday she welcomed Xia’s appointment, adding that it showed “the central government attaches importance to Hong Kong and Macau affairs.”Xia’s appointment came as much of the region was focused on China’s sudden replacement of top officials in virus-stricken Hubei. On Thursday, China announced it was replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the party’s Hubei secretary.\--With assistance from Li Liu, Dandan Li and Natalie Lung.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@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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  • 70/81   AP Exclusive: Pro-Trump effort raises over $60M in January
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    The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's campaign have raised more than $525 million since the start of 2019 together with two joint-fundraising committees.  The RNC and the Trump campaign provided the figures to The Associated Press.  Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said Democrats’ “shameful impeachment hoax and dumpster fire primary process” have contributed to the “record-breaking financial support” for Trump’s reelection.

    The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's campaign have raised more than $525 million since the start of 2019 together with two joint-fundraising committees. The RNC and the Trump campaign provided the figures to The Associated Press. Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said Democrats’ “shameful impeachment hoax and dumpster fire primary process” have contributed to the “record-breaking financial support” for Trump’s reelection.


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  • 71/81   Sudan says deal signed with families of victims of USS Cole bombing
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    Sudan said Thursday it has signed a deal with the families of the victims of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, meeting a key condition for removing the country from Washington's terrorism blacklist.  The United States has set certain benchmarks that Sudan has to meet to be removed from its state sponsor of terrorism list, which also includes North Korea, Iran and Syria.  Compensating the victims of the USS Cole attack had been a key condition imposed by the US administration.

    Sudan said Thursday it has signed a deal with the families of the victims of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, meeting a key condition for removing the country from Washington's terrorism blacklist. The United States has set certain benchmarks that Sudan has to meet to be removed from its state sponsor of terrorism list, which also includes North Korea, Iran and Syria. Compensating the victims of the USS Cole attack had been a key condition imposed by the US administration.


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  • 72/81   The US has confirmed 14 coronavirus cases across 6 states. Here's what we know about all the US patients.
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    The US has confirmed 14 cases of the virus: eight in California, two in Illinois, and one each in Arizona, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin.

    The US has confirmed 14 cases of the virus: eight in California, two in Illinois, and one each in Arizona, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin.


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  • 73/81   The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like.
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    The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak likely started in a Chinese wet market, where meat and poultry are sold alongside live animals.

    The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak likely started in a Chinese wet market, where meat and poultry are sold alongside live animals.


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  • 74/81   What You Need to Know About the Wuhan Coronavirus
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    There are 14 cases in the U.S. Twelve of those people had traveled to China. The State Department says travelers should not go to China. The World Health Organization has declared an internationa...

    There are 14 cases in the U.S. Twelve of those people had traveled to China. The State Department says travelers should not go to China. The World Health Organization has declared an internationa...


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  • 75/81   Chinese doctor punished for warning people about coronavirus now has the illness
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    Li Wenliang, a doctor from Wuhan, China, was one of the first to recognize the public health threat of coronavirus. He now has the disease himself.

    Li Wenliang, a doctor from Wuhan, China, was one of the first to recognize the public health threat of coronavirus. He now has the disease himself.


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  • 76/81   China put 46 million people on lockdown to contain the Wuhan coronavirus, and now the US is prepared to quarantine people, too. But quarantines throughout history have been riddled with mishaps.
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    Quarantines have been used to contain diseases for hundreds of years. The first formal system was established in Venice during the 14th Century.

    Quarantines have been used to contain diseases for hundreds of years. The first formal system was established in Venice during the 14th Century.


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  • 77/81   7th and 8th U.S. coronavirus cases confirmed in Massachusetts and California
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    The confirmed cases in California and Massachusetts conclude eight in the country so far.

    The confirmed cases in California and Massachusetts conclude eight in the country so far.


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  • 78/81   75,000 in Wuhan infected with coronavirus: study estimates
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    More than 75,000 people -- ten times the official tally of confirmed cases -- have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, ground zero of a global health emergency, according to research published Friday. "We estimate that 75,815 individuals have been infected in Wuhan as of January 25, 2020," a team led by Gabriel Leung from the University of Hong Kong reported in The Lancet. As of January 31, the Chinese government said the number of confirmed cases had risen above 9,700 for all of China, including 213 deaths.

    More than 75,000 people -- ten times the official tally of confirmed cases -- have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, ground zero of a global health emergency, according to research published Friday. "We estimate that 75,815 individuals have been infected in Wuhan as of January 25, 2020," a team led by Gabriel Leung from the University of Hong Kong reported in The Lancet. As of January 31, the Chinese government said the number of confirmed cases had risen above 9,700 for all of China, including 213 deaths.


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  • 79/81   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...

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


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  • 80/81   Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on media
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    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.

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


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  • 81/81   5 Turkey Cooking Tips Will Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird This Holidays
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    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.

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


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