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    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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  • 2/81   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 3/81   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 4/81   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

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


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  • 5/81   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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

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


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

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


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  • 8/81   Do star athletes make too much money?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 9/81   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 10/81   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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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
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 12/81   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 13/81   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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  • 14/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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

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

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


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  • 21/81   Google Patents Sticky Car Hood to Trap Pedestrians in a Collision

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle.  The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle. The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.


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  • 22/81   Relax, Your Instagram Feed Likely Won't Change Tomorrow

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...


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  • 23/81   'Hack the Pentagon' and get paid legally in new program

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.


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  • 24/81   Elon Musk's Hyperloop Vision Could Be Ready for Passengers by 2018

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California.  One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track.  'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California. One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track. 'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.


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  • 25/81   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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  • 26/81   Man Proposes by Text Message While Stranded at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned.  “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned. “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.


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  • 27/81   Twitter Warns Some Users Over Possible Government Hacking

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter.  In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter. In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.


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  • 28/81   Facebook Notifications Get Even More Personal

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.  The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.  The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day. The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.


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  • 29/81   How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone Battery

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled.  It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain.  Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled. It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain. Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.


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  • 30/81   Armed Robbery Suspect Tries Using Uber as Getaway Car, Police Say

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said.  The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said.  Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said. The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said. Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.


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  • 31/81   Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation.  The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation. The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.


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  • 32/81   Carly Fiorina: Why She Wants Everyone to Throw Out Their Flip Phones

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina.  “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina.  It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina. “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina. It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.


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  • 33/81   How a 'Programming Error' Led to an Oregon Couple's $2 Million Cell Phone Bill

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams.  Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November.  'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams. Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November. 'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.


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  • 34/81   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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  • 35/81   Olympus Launches HookKnifeJ and TriangleTipKnifeJ
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    Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, announces today the market availability of two single-use electrosurgical knives for Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD). Olympus, a leader in ESD, is introducing to the U.S. the 510(k) cleared HookKnifeJ for the esophagus, stomach and colon and the TriangleTipKnifeJ for the esophagus and stomach. The TriangleTipKnifeJ 510(k) clearance comes with a specific indication for Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), a type of ESD used to perform esophageal myotomy for patients with swallowing disorders. Both knives feature integrated submucosal injection to support efficient, safe and more reliable ESD performance and reduce the time required to perform an ESD procedure.

    Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, announces today the market availability of two single-use electrosurgical knives for Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD). Olympus, a leader in ESD, is introducing to the U.S. the 510(k) cleared HookKnifeJ for the esophagus, stomach and colon and the TriangleTipKnifeJ for the esophagus and stomach. The TriangleTipKnifeJ 510(k) clearance comes with a specific indication for Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), a type of ESD used to perform esophageal myotomy for patients with swallowing disorders. Both knives feature integrated submucosal injection to support efficient, safe and more reliable ESD performance and reduce the time required to perform an ESD procedure.


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  • 36/81   "Lift the Mask" Wins Mental Health America Media Award
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The Quell Foundation's acclaimed documentary Lift the Mask - Portraits of Life with Mental Illness has been selected to receive a Mental Health America 2020 Media Award. The award recognizes journalists, authors, digital platforms, media outlets, television shows, and filmmakers that have tackled mental illness and addiction issues and, in doing so, have educated, informed, and broken down stigma and shame around these issues.

    The Quell Foundation's acclaimed documentary Lift the Mask - Portraits of Life with Mental Illness has been selected to receive a Mental Health America 2020 Media Award. The award recognizes journalists, authors, digital platforms, media outlets, television shows, and filmmakers that have tackled mental illness and addiction issues and, in doing so, have educated, informed, and broken down stigma and shame around these issues.


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  • 37/81   Were Hedge Funds Right About Piling Into Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    At the end of February we announced the arrival of the first US recession since 2009 and we predicted that the market will decline by at least 20% in (Recession is Imminent: We Need A Travel Ban NOW). In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each […]

    At the end of February we announced the arrival of the first US recession since 2009 and we predicted that the market will decline by at least 20% in (Recession is Imminent: We Need A Travel Ban NOW). In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each […]


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  • 38/81   Internet of Things (IoT) Security: Technologies and Global Markets
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    Report Scope: This report analyzes the market for commercialized IoT security solutions.It helps readers to understand how the IoT security solutions market will evolve and how trends will impact its adoption. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05917742/?utm_source=PRN The report focuses on security solutions that have been developed or customized to meet the unique needs of IoT systems. Services provided for integrating such solutions or managed security services are also included in the scope of this report. This study was conducted with a global perspective in terms of IoT security solution technology and its applications.Market projections have been conducted for five geographic regions: North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia-Pacific. All market reported revenues are in constant 2019 U.S. dollars. The scope of this report encompasses various technologies used in IoT security solutions.The market is also divided based on the size of the enterprises adopting IoT security technologies. Additionally, the application industry for the market is segmented into automotive, healthcare, retail and ecommerce, smart homes, energy and utilities, manufacturing, government and others (including media and entertainment and BFSI sectors). The present global market offers an opportunity to the stakeholders, largely because of a surge in cloud-based services and the increased use of IoT devices, specifically in sectors like healthcare and manufacturing. This report highlights different security types in the market for IoT security technologies, including device/endpoint security, network security, application security, cloud security and others (email security and web security).The market is also divided by its major components (platforms, solutions and services). The solution part is further split up into identity and access management (IAM), data encryption, intrusion detection system/intrusion prevention system, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, device authentication and management and others (firmware update, security analytics, PKI lifecycle management, etc.). The services segment is sub-divided into professional services and managed services. The estimated and forecast market revenue considered in this report are the summation of prices for software, hardware and subscription services. This report also offers insights on drivers, restraints and opportunities for the market, gathered through primary and secondary research.Strategies adopted by the companies in the global market are provided in this report, to analyze ongoing trends in the market. This report provides market share analysis and key vendor profiles of top IoT security companies. The regional level study includes North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and the South American region. COVID-19 has had a massive impact on society since the beginning of 2020.This report considers the impact of COVID-19 and the economic slowdown created due to lockdown in various countries. When people are following social distancing and relying more on technology, it is observed that IoT security threats are increased, and there are more cyber-attacks. It is expected that the demand for IoT security solutions will increase in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and boost the market for IoT security technologies. Report Includes: - 69 tables - Descriptive study and in-depth analysis of the global Internet of Things (IoT) security solutions and technologies market - Analyses of the global market trends, with data corresponding to market size for 2019, estimates for 2020 and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2025 - Information pertaining to industry value chain analysis providing a systematic study of the key intermediaries involved, which could further assist stakeholders in formulating appropriate strategies - Market share analysis of the leading companies encompassing their successful marketing strategies, key competitive landscape and recent developments - Discussion of the various IoT solutions and different security features embedded to give insight into how security technologies are provided through these solutions - Assessment of market opportunities and a look at the IoT data security standards and regulations, and cost-benefit considerations for implementing security solutions - Outlining the demand of IoT security solutions amid rising number of cyber-attacks and considering the impact of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the economic halt created due to lockdown imposed in various countries - Profile description of leading global corporations within the IoT technologies market, including Cisco Systems Inc., ESCRYPT, Great Bay Software Inc., Inside Secure, Microsoft Corp., SecuriThings Ltd. and Thales e-Security Inc. Summary: With the increasing use of smart IoT devices, challenges related to security are increasing.As fast as security grows, the hacking world grows faster. IoT security is the process of protecting IoT-connected devices including hardware, software and data from cyber-attack.The security that is designed to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of data, is a subset of cyber security. IoT security focuses on protecting internet-enabled devices that connect to each other on wireless networks. IoT security is the safety component tied to the IoT to protect IoT devices and networks against cybercrime. Companies should enhance consumer privacy and security, thereby building consumer trust in IoT devices: - Adopt security by design: Every IoT design should start with security. Giant tech firms and startups, alike, should incorporate security into the initial design process. - Engage in data minimization: To avoid security breaches, IoT manufacturers should employ different approaches to protect the device from being accessed by anyone through the Internet. - Increase transparency and provide consumers with notice and choice for unexpected data uses: IoT manufacturers should provide consumers with notice about how data is used and shared and then offer tools that will allow consumers to turn off certain types of information collection and sharing. The manufacturers should also educate consumers about security so users can avoid risky behavior while using IoT devices. IoT is becoming mainstream, with companies like Google, Cisco, IBM, Intel and others leading the revolution.The IoT explosion will offer a wide range of opportunities to various sectors, including manufacturing and healthcare, it also poses major risks in terms of security. As more devices are interconnected, securing them all will be the biggest challenge.Hardware, software and connectivity will all need to be secure for IoT objects to work effectively. Without security, any connected object, from refrigerators to manufacturing bots, can be hacked. Once hackers gain control, they can usurp the object's functionality and steal digital data.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05917742/?utm_source=PRN About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ Contact Clare: clare@reportlinker.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001

    Report Scope: This report analyzes the market for commercialized IoT security solutions.It helps readers to understand how the IoT security solutions market will evolve and how trends will impact its adoption. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05917742/?utm_source=PRN The report focuses on security solutions that have been developed or customized to meet the unique needs of IoT systems. Services provided for integrating such solutions or managed security services are also included in the scope of this report. This study was conducted with a global perspective in terms of IoT security solution technology and its applications.Market projections have been conducted for five geographic regions: North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Asia-Pacific. All market reported revenues are in constant 2019 U.S. dollars. The scope of this report encompasses various technologies used in IoT security solutions.The market is also divided based on the size of the enterprises adopting IoT security technologies. Additionally, the application industry for the market is segmented into automotive, healthcare, retail and ecommerce, smart homes, energy and utilities, manufacturing, government and others (including media and entertainment and BFSI sectors). The present global market offers an opportunity to the stakeholders, largely because of a surge in cloud-based services and the increased use of IoT devices, specifically in sectors like healthcare and manufacturing. This report highlights different security types in the market for IoT security technologies, including device/endpoint security, network security, application security, cloud security and others (email security and web security).The market is also divided by its major components (platforms, solutions and services). The solution part is further split up into identity and access management (IAM), data encryption, intrusion detection system/intrusion prevention system, distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, device authentication and management and others (firmware update, security analytics, PKI lifecycle management, etc.). The services segment is sub-divided into professional services and managed services. The estimated and forecast market revenue considered in this report are the summation of prices for software, hardware and subscription services. This report also offers insights on drivers, restraints and opportunities for the market, gathered through primary and secondary research.Strategies adopted by the companies in the global market are provided in this report, to analyze ongoing trends in the market. This report provides market share analysis and key vendor profiles of top IoT security companies. The regional level study includes North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and the South American region. COVID-19 has had a massive impact on society since the beginning of 2020.This report considers the impact of COVID-19 and the economic slowdown created due to lockdown in various countries. When people are following social distancing and relying more on technology, it is observed that IoT security threats are increased, and there are more cyber-attacks. It is expected that the demand for IoT security solutions will increase in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and boost the market for IoT security technologies. Report Includes: - 69 tables - Descriptive study and in-depth analysis of the global Internet of Things (IoT) security solutions and technologies market - Analyses of the global market trends, with data corresponding to market size for 2019, estimates for 2020 and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2025 - Information pertaining to industry value chain analysis providing a systematic study of the key intermediaries involved, which could further assist stakeholders in formulating appropriate strategies - Market share analysis of the leading companies encompassing their successful marketing strategies, key competitive landscape and recent developments - Discussion of the various IoT solutions and different security features embedded to give insight into how security technologies are provided through these solutions - Assessment of market opportunities and a look at the IoT data security standards and regulations, and cost-benefit considerations for implementing security solutions - Outlining the demand of IoT security solutions amid rising number of cyber-attacks and considering the impact of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the economic halt created due to lockdown imposed in various countries - Profile description of leading global corporations within the IoT technologies market, including Cisco Systems Inc., ESCRYPT, Great Bay Software Inc., Inside Secure, Microsoft Corp., SecuriThings Ltd. and Thales e-Security Inc. Summary: With the increasing use of smart IoT devices, challenges related to security are increasing.As fast as security grows, the hacking world grows faster. IoT security is the process of protecting IoT-connected devices including hardware, software and data from cyber-attack.The security that is designed to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of data, is a subset of cyber security. IoT security focuses on protecting internet-enabled devices that connect to each other on wireless networks. IoT security is the safety component tied to the IoT to protect IoT devices and networks against cybercrime. Companies should enhance consumer privacy and security, thereby building consumer trust in IoT devices: - Adopt security by design: Every IoT design should start with security. Giant tech firms and startups, alike, should incorporate security into the initial design process. - Engage in data minimization: To avoid security breaches, IoT manufacturers should employ different approaches to protect the device from being accessed by anyone through the Internet. - Increase transparency and provide consumers with notice and choice for unexpected data uses: IoT manufacturers should provide consumers with notice about how data is used and shared and then offer tools that will allow consumers to turn off certain types of information collection and sharing. The manufacturers should also educate consumers about security so users can avoid risky behavior while using IoT devices. IoT is becoming mainstream, with companies like Google, Cisco, IBM, Intel and others leading the revolution.The IoT explosion will offer a wide range of opportunities to various sectors, including manufacturing and healthcare, it also poses major risks in terms of security. As more devices are interconnected, securing them all will be the biggest challenge.Hardware, software and connectivity will all need to be secure for IoT objects to work effectively. Without security, any connected object, from refrigerators to manufacturing bots, can be hacked. Once hackers gain control, they can usurp the object's functionality and steal digital data.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05917742/?utm_source=PRN About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ Contact Clare: clare@reportlinker.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001


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  • 39/81   Europe Slowly Picks Up Pieces After Virus Shattered Economy
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    (Bloomberg) -- Economic confidence is slowly returning to the euro area where companies from manufacturers to retailers are picking up the pieces after devastating coronavirus lockdowns.Sentiment in a European Commission survey rose in June, though less than economists had forecast, and it remains well below the levels seen at the start of the year. The report -- like similar ones published recently -- indicates that full recovery is still a long way off.Separate figures showed inflation in Germany, the region’s largest economy, accelerated sharply as services providers slapped with restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus raised prices. Euro-area data are due on Tuesday.The 19-nation euro region is set to shrink more than 8% this year, and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has warned that the pandemic will change parts of the economy permanently.So far, confidence has clawed back about 30% of the combined losses of March and April, when far-reaching restrictions brought public life to a near standstill. While those limitations are now gradually being lifted, the continued spread of the disease in parts of Europe, as well as in the Americas, serves as a cautious reminder how quickly the situation can deteriorate again.Hundreds of thousands of workers are already facing unemployment, with companies from Deutsche Lufthansa AG -- Germany’s severely battered airline that just secured a government bailout -- to plane maker Airbus SE preparing to cut jobs.The commission report showed that employment expectations in the euro area have improved from their lows, but for some sectors they remain as much as 60% below pre-virus level.Still, consumer confidence rose in June as households expect the general economic situation to get better. In fact, sentiment measures increased across all industries and major euro-area economies.The improvements come on the back of massive stimulus campaigns. The ECB is buying 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) worth of debt under its crisis program, and governments have pledged hundreds of billions of euros in support.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed this month on a sweeping 130 billion-euro plan, and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has flagged a package of measures aimed at exporters for the coming week.Germany’s inflation rate rose to 0.8% in June, exceeding most economists’ estimates. State-level releases showed steep price increases for hair and cosmetic services, as well as at restaurants and cafes -- businesses required to meet stringent hygiene rules to receive customers.What Bloomberg’s Economists Say...“If any European country is likely to see a V-shaped recovery, it’s Germany. Getting the virus under control caused less disruption than elsewhere, fiscal support is substantial and activity is picking up again.”\-- Jamie Rush, chief European economist. Read the GERMANY INSIGHTThe European Union’s leaders held their first debate on a proposed 750 billion-euro plan to help their economies heal from the pandemic, and agreed to meet in person next month with the aim of reaching an agreement.(Updates with German inflation starting in third paragraph.)For 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) -- Economic confidence is slowly returning to the euro area where companies from manufacturers to retailers are picking up the pieces after devastating coronavirus lockdowns.Sentiment in a European Commission survey rose in June, though less than economists had forecast, and it remains well below the levels seen at the start of the year. The report -- like similar ones published recently -- indicates that full recovery is still a long way off.Separate figures showed inflation in Germany, the region’s largest economy, accelerated sharply as services providers slapped with restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus raised prices. Euro-area data are due on Tuesday.The 19-nation euro region is set to shrink more than 8% this year, and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has warned that the pandemic will change parts of the economy permanently.So far, confidence has clawed back about 30% of the combined losses of March and April, when far-reaching restrictions brought public life to a near standstill. While those limitations are now gradually being lifted, the continued spread of the disease in parts of Europe, as well as in the Americas, serves as a cautious reminder how quickly the situation can deteriorate again.Hundreds of thousands of workers are already facing unemployment, with companies from Deutsche Lufthansa AG -- Germany’s severely battered airline that just secured a government bailout -- to plane maker Airbus SE preparing to cut jobs.The commission report showed that employment expectations in the euro area have improved from their lows, but for some sectors they remain as much as 60% below pre-virus level.Still, consumer confidence rose in June as households expect the general economic situation to get better. In fact, sentiment measures increased across all industries and major euro-area economies.The improvements come on the back of massive stimulus campaigns. The ECB is buying 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) worth of debt under its crisis program, and governments have pledged hundreds of billions of euros in support.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed this month on a sweeping 130 billion-euro plan, and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has flagged a package of measures aimed at exporters for the coming week.Germany’s inflation rate rose to 0.8% in June, exceeding most economists’ estimates. State-level releases showed steep price increases for hair and cosmetic services, as well as at restaurants and cafes -- businesses required to meet stringent hygiene rules to receive customers.What Bloomberg’s Economists Say...“If any European country is likely to see a V-shaped recovery, it’s Germany. Getting the virus under control caused less disruption than elsewhere, fiscal support is substantial and activity is picking up again.”\-- Jamie Rush, chief European economist. Read the GERMANY INSIGHTThe European Union’s leaders held their first debate on a proposed 750 billion-euro plan to help their economies heal from the pandemic, and agreed to meet in person next month with the aim of reaching an agreement.(Updates with German inflation starting in third paragraph.)For 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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  • 40/81   Who Says You Can't Eat Bread on the Keto Diet? Not Mikey's
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    Mikey's, provider of high-quality, nutritious frozen products that are made with simple and recognizable ingredients, knows that a true burger is not complete without being nestled between a warm toasted bun. This Independence Day and all summer long, there is no need to be the only one at the party eating your BBQ favorites on a lettuce wrap because Mikey's has you covered. With only 2 net carbs and 9 grams of protein, Mikey's Original, Grain-Free English Muffins are the perfect Keto and Paleo bun option to enjoy classic summer recipes such as Burgers and BBQ Chicken sandwiches.

    Mikey's, provider of high-quality, nutritious frozen products that are made with simple and recognizable ingredients, knows that a true burger is not complete without being nestled between a warm toasted bun. This Independence Day and all summer long, there is no need to be the only one at the party eating your BBQ favorites on a lettuce wrap because Mikey's has you covered. With only 2 net carbs and 9 grams of protein, Mikey's Original, Grain-Free English Muffins are the perfect Keto and Paleo bun option to enjoy classic summer recipes such as Burgers and BBQ Chicken sandwiches.


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  • 41/81   Were Hedge Funds Right About Piling Into Alphabet Inc (GOOGL)?
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    We are almost done with the second quarter. Investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned almost 20% this quarter. In this article we look at how hedge funds traded Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) based on the first quarter's 13F filings and determine whether they were right […]

    We are almost done with the second quarter. Investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned almost 20% this quarter. In this article we look at how hedge funds traded Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) based on the first quarter's 13F filings and determine whether they were right […]


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  • 42/81   Trump shares video of man chanting, 'White power' in protest clash
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    President Trump promoted a video Sunday that featured clashing protesters, one of whom chants, "White power." The video was apparently shot in the Villages, Fla.

    President Trump promoted a video Sunday that featured clashing protesters, one of whom chants, "White power." The video was apparently shot in the Villages, Fla.


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  • 43/81   After yearlong fight, Missouri's lone abortion clinic gets its license renewed
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    That means the state's lone clinic is set to continue operating through at least 2021.

    That means the state's lone clinic is set to continue operating through at least 2021.


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  • 44/81   Egyptian belly dancer sentenced to prison for 'sexually suggestive' posts amid social media crackdown
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    A high-profile Egyptian belly dancer has been sentenced to three years in prison and received a £15,000 fine for sharing photos and videos of herself on social media that were deemed to incite “debauchery” and “immorality” in a country with conservative social norms. Cairo’s Misdemeanours Economic Court said on Saturday that Sama El-Masry had violated family principles and values with posts that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive, and that she had managed the social media accounts with the aim of committing “immorality”. Ms El-Masry, who has over three million Instagram followers, denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent. She was arrested in April as part of an investigation into “suggestive” social media posts during a wave of arrests of female Instagram and TikTok stars on charges of promoting debauchery and prostitution on social media. “There is a huge difference between freedom and debauchery,” said John Talaat, a member of parliament who asked for legal action against Ms El-Masry and others. He told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that Ms El-Masry and the other social media influencers were destroying family values and traditions, activities that were banned by the law and the constitution. Mr Talaat said the other influencers were expected to face the same prison terms as Ms El-Masry as they had committed the same crime. The court also ordered the 42-year-old dancer to be put under police surveillance for three years, according to news site Egypt Today. Ms El-Masry said she would appeal the sentence. Since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came into power in 2014, hundreds of journalists, activists, lawyers and intellectuals have been arrested in the name of state security. Young TikTok stars have become the latest target of Egyptian state authorities. In May, a 17-year-old girl posted a TikTok video of herself crying, saying she had been gang-raped by a group of young men. The authorities swiftly arrested her and charged her with “promoting debauchery”. Two years ago, Egypt brought in a cybercrime law giving the government power to censor the internet and conduct surveillance of communications.

    A high-profile Egyptian belly dancer has been sentenced to three years in prison and received a £15,000 fine for sharing photos and videos of herself on social media that were deemed to incite “debauchery” and “immorality” in a country with conservative social norms. Cairo’s Misdemeanours Economic Court said on Saturday that Sama El-Masry had violated family principles and values with posts that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive, and that she had managed the social media accounts with the aim of committing “immorality”. Ms El-Masry, who has over three million Instagram followers, denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent. She was arrested in April as part of an investigation into “suggestive” social media posts during a wave of arrests of female Instagram and TikTok stars on charges of promoting debauchery and prostitution on social media. “There is a huge difference between freedom and debauchery,” said John Talaat, a member of parliament who asked for legal action against Ms El-Masry and others. He told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that Ms El-Masry and the other social media influencers were destroying family values and traditions, activities that were banned by the law and the constitution. Mr Talaat said the other influencers were expected to face the same prison terms as Ms El-Masry as they had committed the same crime. The court also ordered the 42-year-old dancer to be put under police surveillance for three years, according to news site Egypt Today. Ms El-Masry said she would appeal the sentence. Since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came into power in 2014, hundreds of journalists, activists, lawyers and intellectuals have been arrested in the name of state security. Young TikTok stars have become the latest target of Egyptian state authorities. In May, a 17-year-old girl posted a TikTok video of herself crying, saying she had been gang-raped by a group of young men. The authorities swiftly arrested her and charged her with “promoting debauchery”. Two years ago, Egypt brought in a cybercrime law giving the government power to censor the internet and conduct surveillance of communications.


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  • 45/81   South Korea urges staggered vacations, warns against gatherings as coronavirus cases rise
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    South Korea's health authorities called on Monday for citizens to stagger vacation schedules ahead of the holiday season and avoid gatherings at workplaces and religious facilities, as coronavirus infections from small clusters persist.  After battling the first major coronavirus epidemic outside China, South Korea managed to reduce the rates of daily infections to single digits by late April, propelled by an intensive tracking and testing campaign.  As of midnight Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 42 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 12,757 cases with 282 deaths.

    South Korea's health authorities called on Monday for citizens to stagger vacation schedules ahead of the holiday season and avoid gatherings at workplaces and religious facilities, as coronavirus infections from small clusters persist. After battling the first major coronavirus epidemic outside China, South Korea managed to reduce the rates of daily infections to single digits by late April, propelled by an intensive tracking and testing campaign. As of midnight Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 42 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 12,757 cases with 282 deaths.


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  • 46/81   Syed Ali Geelani: Kashmir leader quits Hurriyat Conference
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    Syed Ali Geelani has been heading political opposition to Indian rule in Kashmir for decades.

    Syed Ali Geelani has been heading political opposition to Indian rule in Kashmir for decades.


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  • 47/81   Private Baptist university says student 'no longer enrolled' after racist TikTok post
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    The school's president, Eric Bruntmyer, called the video, "Deeply disappointing and an unacceptable social media post."

    The school's president, Eric Bruntmyer, called the video, "Deeply disappointing and an unacceptable social media post."


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  • 48/81   Exclusive: NRA has shed 200 staffers this year as group faces financial crisis
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    Gun rights organization may struggle to support Trump in 2020 election amid layoffs and furloughsAfter spending over $30m to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, the National Rifle Association faces a deepening financial crisis with over 200 staff layoffs and furloughs in 2020, according to three NRA sources, gun analysts and documents.The situation is likely to hinder efforts by the gun rights group to help Trump and other Republicans win in November’s election.The 200-plus layoffs and furloughs, which have not previously been reported and were mainly at NRA headquarters in Virginia, were spurred by declines in revenues and fundraising, heavy legal spending, political infighting, and charges of insider self-dealing under scrutiny by attorneys general in New York and Washington DC, the sources say.“The widespread Covid layoffs and furloughs have further harmed both the NRA’s legal capacity and political influence beyond what was already a troubling deterioration,” said one NRA official who requested anonymity to discuss internal matters. The official added the outlook this year for NRA political spending was “deeply concerning.”NRA staff learned about the furloughs, plus 20% staff pay cuts, four-day work weeks and other belt tightening, in an April email from Wayne LaPierre, the longtime top executive of the NRA, which claims it has 5 million members.LaPierre’s email to the “NRA family” said “we have lost significant revenue” and linked the austerity moves to the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders. The email said the NRA hoped to bring back those furloughed when its finances improved.The NRA declined to comment on the extent of the layoffs and furloughs, which sources said were continuing.The NRA’s financial problems were palpable long before the pandemic but have increased due to a few factors, including the cancellation of a number of NRA fundraising dinners following the onset of Covid-19.The NRA typically pulls in tens of millions of dollars yearly from Friends of NRA dinners in many states, but most were canceled after January and February, said the sources.The NRA’s woes, say gun analysts, are expected to sharply reduce spending this year compared with the $30m the group spent on ads to help Trump win in 2016. They are also likely to mean cuts to its once formidable get out the vote operations in key states that historically provide big boosts to GOP candidates. Overall in 2016, the NRA spent close to $70m on ads and voter mobilization drives, say NRA sources.In 2018, the NRA’s financial problems caused it to spend a relatively lackluster $9.4m on the midterm elections, and gun control groups outspent the NRA for the first time, which analysts say helped the Democrats win the House majority.“The NRA is entering the summer and fall campaign with a series of crippling financial, legal, and political problems,” said Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at Cortland State University in New York.Spitzer added: “As its anemic political spending in the 2018 midterm election showed, they will not be able to match anything like the roughly $70m they spent in 2016, as they continue to be plagued by a major revenue shortfall, a fact exacerbated by the impact of the coronavirus shutdown.”The drop in revenues accelerated in 2019 when several large NRA donors began a drive to oust LaPierre over allegations of mismanagement and self-dealing, and to promote reforms. The website helpsavethenra.com, which is headlined “Retire LaPierre”, boasted in December that $165m in donations and planned gifts had been withheld.The donor revolt has been spurred in part by several reports of lavish personal spending by LaPierre. The Wall Street Journal revealed last year that according to the NRA’s former ad firm Ackerman McQueen, which has been in legal battles with the NRA and LaPierre, he took about $240,000 worth of trips to Italy, Hungary, the Bahamas and other locales that were charged to the ad firm. The Journal reported that the ad firm had paid for about $200,000 in expensive suits for LaPierre, including some from a Beverly Hills boutique.LaPierre’s yearly salary in 2018 was close to $2m.Two Democratic attorneys general in New York and DC have reportedly been investigating whether the NRA abused its non-profit tax-exempt status in different ways such as improperly transferring funds from an NRA Foundation to the NRA.Further, the AGs are said to be examining the allegations of self-dealing by NRA leaders, including financial transactions involving LaPierre, the NRA and the former ad firm.If the AGs bring charges, the NRA could lose its coveted non-profit status in New York, where it has long been chartered.The NRA’s top outside lawyer has said it is complying with the investigations but has attacked the NY AG’s “zeal” and “the investigation’s partisan purposes”.During the pandemic, the NRA and pro-gun allies have waged successful legal battles in a number of states to make gun shops and shooting ranges “essential” businesses and circumvent stay-at-home measures.But in mid-June, second-amendment advocates and the NRA suffered a stinging legal setback when the supreme court declined 10 petitions to review lower court rulings involving gun laws in several states, including Illinois and Massachusetts, which have banned assault weapons.The NRA attacked the high court’s “inaction” in a statement, blasting it for allowing “so-called gun safety politicians to trample on the freedom and security of law-abiding citizens”.Due to the pandemic, the NRA earlier this year canceled its annual meeting in Nashville, which Trump has faithfully attended since taking office to solidify his NRA ties. It is now slated to be held on 5 September in Springfield, Missouri.At last year’s meeting was concluding, Trump in a tweet urged his NRA allies to “stop the internal infighting” amid the charges of self-dealing by its leaders and to “get back to GREATNESS. FAST.” For now, Trump’s aspirations for a speedy NRA recovery seem largely unfulfilled.

    Gun rights organization may struggle to support Trump in 2020 election amid layoffs and furloughsAfter spending over $30m to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, the National Rifle Association faces a deepening financial crisis with over 200 staff layoffs and furloughs in 2020, according to three NRA sources, gun analysts and documents.The situation is likely to hinder efforts by the gun rights group to help Trump and other Republicans win in November’s election.The 200-plus layoffs and furloughs, which have not previously been reported and were mainly at NRA headquarters in Virginia, were spurred by declines in revenues and fundraising, heavy legal spending, political infighting, and charges of insider self-dealing under scrutiny by attorneys general in New York and Washington DC, the sources say.“The widespread Covid layoffs and furloughs have further harmed both the NRA’s legal capacity and political influence beyond what was already a troubling deterioration,” said one NRA official who requested anonymity to discuss internal matters. The official added the outlook this year for NRA political spending was “deeply concerning.”NRA staff learned about the furloughs, plus 20% staff pay cuts, four-day work weeks and other belt tightening, in an April email from Wayne LaPierre, the longtime top executive of the NRA, which claims it has 5 million members.LaPierre’s email to the “NRA family” said “we have lost significant revenue” and linked the austerity moves to the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders. The email said the NRA hoped to bring back those furloughed when its finances improved.The NRA declined to comment on the extent of the layoffs and furloughs, which sources said were continuing.The NRA’s financial problems were palpable long before the pandemic but have increased due to a few factors, including the cancellation of a number of NRA fundraising dinners following the onset of Covid-19.The NRA typically pulls in tens of millions of dollars yearly from Friends of NRA dinners in many states, but most were canceled after January and February, said the sources.The NRA’s woes, say gun analysts, are expected to sharply reduce spending this year compared with the $30m the group spent on ads to help Trump win in 2016. They are also likely to mean cuts to its once formidable get out the vote operations in key states that historically provide big boosts to GOP candidates. Overall in 2016, the NRA spent close to $70m on ads and voter mobilization drives, say NRA sources.In 2018, the NRA’s financial problems caused it to spend a relatively lackluster $9.4m on the midterm elections, and gun control groups outspent the NRA for the first time, which analysts say helped the Democrats win the House majority.“The NRA is entering the summer and fall campaign with a series of crippling financial, legal, and political problems,” said Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at Cortland State University in New York.Spitzer added: “As its anemic political spending in the 2018 midterm election showed, they will not be able to match anything like the roughly $70m they spent in 2016, as they continue to be plagued by a major revenue shortfall, a fact exacerbated by the impact of the coronavirus shutdown.”The drop in revenues accelerated in 2019 when several large NRA donors began a drive to oust LaPierre over allegations of mismanagement and self-dealing, and to promote reforms. The website helpsavethenra.com, which is headlined “Retire LaPierre”, boasted in December that $165m in donations and planned gifts had been withheld.The donor revolt has been spurred in part by several reports of lavish personal spending by LaPierre. The Wall Street Journal revealed last year that according to the NRA’s former ad firm Ackerman McQueen, which has been in legal battles with the NRA and LaPierre, he took about $240,000 worth of trips to Italy, Hungary, the Bahamas and other locales that were charged to the ad firm. The Journal reported that the ad firm had paid for about $200,000 in expensive suits for LaPierre, including some from a Beverly Hills boutique.LaPierre’s yearly salary in 2018 was close to $2m.Two Democratic attorneys general in New York and DC have reportedly been investigating whether the NRA abused its non-profit tax-exempt status in different ways such as improperly transferring funds from an NRA Foundation to the NRA.Further, the AGs are said to be examining the allegations of self-dealing by NRA leaders, including financial transactions involving LaPierre, the NRA and the former ad firm.If the AGs bring charges, the NRA could lose its coveted non-profit status in New York, where it has long been chartered.The NRA’s top outside lawyer has said it is complying with the investigations but has attacked the NY AG’s “zeal” and “the investigation’s partisan purposes”.During the pandemic, the NRA and pro-gun allies have waged successful legal battles in a number of states to make gun shops and shooting ranges “essential” businesses and circumvent stay-at-home measures.But in mid-June, second-amendment advocates and the NRA suffered a stinging legal setback when the supreme court declined 10 petitions to review lower court rulings involving gun laws in several states, including Illinois and Massachusetts, which have banned assault weapons.The NRA attacked the high court’s “inaction” in a statement, blasting it for allowing “so-called gun safety politicians to trample on the freedom and security of law-abiding citizens”.Due to the pandemic, the NRA earlier this year canceled its annual meeting in Nashville, which Trump has faithfully attended since taking office to solidify his NRA ties. It is now slated to be held on 5 September in Springfield, Missouri.At last year’s meeting was concluding, Trump in a tweet urged his NRA allies to “stop the internal infighting” amid the charges of self-dealing by its leaders and to “get back to GREATNESS. FAST.” For now, Trump’s aspirations for a speedy NRA recovery seem largely unfulfilled.


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  • 49/81   The H-20 Stealth Bomber: China's Biggest Threat to the U.S.?
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    The bomber, which has yet to be revealed, is expected to enter service in the mid-2020s.

    The bomber, which has yet to be revealed, is expected to enter service in the mid-2020s.


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  • 50/81   Gottlieb expects COVID deaths to rise again amid "major epidemics"
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    Gottlieb said the coronavirus is likely to spread to more vulnerable communities, resulting in more deaths.

    Gottlieb said the coronavirus is likely to spread to more vulnerable communities, resulting in more deaths.


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  • 51/81   Trump struggles as furor grows over reported Russian bounty offer to kill U.S. troops
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    White House says Trump wasn't briefed on intelligence about Russian offer of bounty payments. If so, that shows negligence, some Republicans say.

    White House says Trump wasn't briefed on intelligence about Russian offer of bounty payments. If so, that shows negligence, some Republicans say.


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  • 52/81   How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life
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    Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.

    Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.


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  • 53/81   Washing machines' microplastic filters 'untested'
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    Filters can cut ocean-bound microplastics from washing machines, but more tests are needed, study finds.

    Filters can cut ocean-bound microplastics from washing machines, but more tests are needed, study finds.


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  • 54/81   Space Adventures looks for a customer to do a spacewalk after Russia gives its OK
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    BELLEVUE, Wash. — Russian space officials say that they've signed off on a commercial deal with Virginia-based Space Adventures to fly two customers to the International Space Station in 2023 — and that one of those customers would be allowed to do a spacewalk. Space Adventures' co-founder and chairman, Eric Anderson, told GeekWire that the company is now checking to see who's interested. "There is no specific client who's been contracted for this one," said Anderson, who has his office in Bellevue even though Space Adventures is headquartered in Virginia. "We're looking for clients." Space Adventures has talked about selling… Read More

    BELLEVUE, Wash. — Russian space officials say that they've signed off on a commercial deal with Virginia-based Space Adventures to fly two customers to the International Space Station in 2023 — and that one of those customers would be allowed to do a spacewalk. Space Adventures' co-founder and chairman, Eric Anderson, told GeekWire that the company is now checking to see who's interested. "There is no specific client who's been contracted for this one," said Anderson, who has his office in Bellevue even though Space Adventures is headquartered in Virginia. "We're looking for clients." Space Adventures has talked about selling… Read More


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  • 55/81   Black women scientists missing from textbooks, study finds
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    Scientists portrayed in biology textbooks are predominantly white men, according to a US study.

    Scientists portrayed in biology textbooks are predominantly white men, according to a US study.


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  • 56/81   Britain's 'blindingly cool' engineering innovation
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    Conceptual still-life photographer Ted Humble-Smith celebrates 50 years of world-beating technology.

    Conceptual still-life photographer Ted Humble-Smith celebrates 50 years of world-beating technology.


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  • 57/81   Allen Institute will host $40.5M brain research center to map the effects of Alzheimer’s disease
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    A $40.5 million collaborative research center headquartered at Seattle's Allen Institute aims to create high-resolution maps of brains ravaged by Alzheimer's disease, to trace new paths to early diagnosis and treatment. The center will draw upon expertise not only at the institute, but also at UW Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. Funding for the next five years comes from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia affect 5.8 million Americans, and by 2050, that number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million. It's the sixth-leading… Read More

    A $40.5 million collaborative research center headquartered at Seattle's Allen Institute aims to create high-resolution maps of brains ravaged by Alzheimer's disease, to trace new paths to early diagnosis and treatment. The center will draw upon expertise not only at the institute, but also at UW Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. Funding for the next five years comes from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia affect 5.8 million Americans, and by 2050, that number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million. It's the sixth-leading… Read More


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  • 58/81   Nasa Mars rover: Key questions about Perseverance
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    We answer some common questions about the America's Perseverance rover mission to Mars.

    We answer some common questions about the America's Perseverance rover mission to Mars.


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  • 59/81   Relativity makes deals with Vandenberg AFB and Iridium for California launches
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    Relativity Space, a startup that was born in Seattle but grew up in Los Angeles, says it has signed an agreement to develop launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and a contract with Iridium to launch satellites from those facilities. The flurry of announcements marks a significant expansion for a company that barely existed five years ago but has raised $185 million since then. Relativity is gearing up to build rocket parts using giant 3-D printers in Southern California, testing rocket engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and creating a launch complex at Cape Canaveral… Read More

    Relativity Space, a startup that was born in Seattle but grew up in Los Angeles, says it has signed an agreement to develop launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and a contract with Iridium to launch satellites from those facilities. The flurry of announcements marks a significant expansion for a company that barely existed five years ago but has raised $185 million since then. Relativity is gearing up to build rocket parts using giant 3-D printers in Southern California, testing rocket engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and creating a launch complex at Cape Canaveral… Read More


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  • 60/81   'Black neutron star' discovery changes astronomy
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    Laser labs that detect ripples in space-time may have witnessed a new class of cosmic object.

    Laser labs that detect ripples in space-time may have witnessed a new class of cosmic object.


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  • 61/81   Black hole or neutron star? Gravitational waves bring a cosmic conundrum to light
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    Telltale ripples in the fabric of spacetime have revealed the existence of a cosmic object that scientists can't definitively classify. Whatever it is, the object was engulfed suddenly by a black hole weighing 23.2 times the mass of our sun, 800 million light-years away. The gravitational waves thrown off by that violent merger were picked up last August by the twin detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, and by the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Italy. The gravitational-wave patterns revealed that the smaller object was 2.6 times as massive as our sun. And that's where the classification problem… Read More

    Telltale ripples in the fabric of spacetime have revealed the existence of a cosmic object that scientists can't definitively classify. Whatever it is, the object was engulfed suddenly by a black hole weighing 23.2 times the mass of our sun, 800 million light-years away. The gravitational waves thrown off by that violent merger were picked up last August by the twin detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, and by the Virgo gravitational-wave detector in Italy. The gravitational-wave patterns revealed that the smaller object was 2.6 times as massive as our sun. And that's where the classification problem… Read More


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  • 62/81   Christie's urged to cancel auction of 'looted' Nigerian artefacts
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    A historian says they were taken from shrines in south-eastern Nigeria during the 1960s civil war.

    A historian says they were taken from shrines in south-eastern Nigeria during the 1960s civil war.


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  • 63/81   Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
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    While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.

    While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.


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  • 64/81   UK chief negotiator criticised for new job as Brexit trade talks begin in Brussels
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    European Union diplomats criticised the UK’s chief negotiator for accepting a new job as National Security Advisor before the Brexit trade deal was finished on Monday. David Frost replaces Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK’s most senior civil servant, in the powerful dual role. The political appointment was announced on Sunday, on the eve of the first day of month-long intensified UK-EU negotiations in Brussels and London and the first face-to face talks since the coronavirus pandemic forced them online in March. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, was repeatedly linked to the job of president of the European Commission last year but ruled himself out to secure the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and prevent a hard Irish border, EU sources said. Mr Barnier was a contender to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker last year but the job went to Ursula von der Leyen in November instead. “Barnier didn’t run for commission president to deliver Brexit but doing that isn’t enough for Frost apparently,” one EU diplomat told the Telegraph, "Is there such a shortage of people in the UK that they had to pick the chief negotiator? "But then again when did a British official last refuse an honour? On the other hand now everything that goes wrong in Britain now will be Frost’s fault,” the diplomat added. “Our overall message this week but also for the coming weeks and coming months is to intensify our negotiations in order to make progress in order to get a deal,” a European Commission spokesman said. “From our side at least we are fully concentrated on the negotiations,” he added. “David Frost will remain chief negotiator for the EU talks until an agreement is reached or talks end. This will remain his first priority,” a UK government spokesman said. EU officials are used to a high staff turnover with the UK having got through three Brexit Secretaries, two top Brexit officials, including Mr Frost, and a prime minister since Article 50 was triggered in March 2017.

    European Union diplomats criticised the UK’s chief negotiator for accepting a new job as National Security Advisor before the Brexit trade deal was finished on Monday. David Frost replaces Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK’s most senior civil servant, in the powerful dual role. The political appointment was announced on Sunday, on the eve of the first day of month-long intensified UK-EU negotiations in Brussels and London and the first face-to face talks since the coronavirus pandemic forced them online in March. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, was repeatedly linked to the job of president of the European Commission last year but ruled himself out to secure the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and prevent a hard Irish border, EU sources said. Mr Barnier was a contender to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker last year but the job went to Ursula von der Leyen in November instead. “Barnier didn’t run for commission president to deliver Brexit but doing that isn’t enough for Frost apparently,” one EU diplomat told the Telegraph, "Is there such a shortage of people in the UK that they had to pick the chief negotiator? "But then again when did a British official last refuse an honour? On the other hand now everything that goes wrong in Britain now will be Frost’s fault,” the diplomat added. “Our overall message this week but also for the coming weeks and coming months is to intensify our negotiations in order to make progress in order to get a deal,” a European Commission spokesman said. “From our side at least we are fully concentrated on the negotiations,” he added. “David Frost will remain chief negotiator for the EU talks until an agreement is reached or talks end. This will remain his first priority,” a UK government spokesman said. EU officials are used to a high staff turnover with the UK having got through three Brexit Secretaries, two top Brexit officials, including Mr Frost, and a prime minister since Article 50 was triggered in March 2017.


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  • 65/81   UN rights chief says Israeli annexation plan 'disastrous'
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    The U.N.’s human rights chief on Monday said that Israel’s plan to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank would have “disastrous” consequences for the region, issuing her dire warning as senior U.S. and Israeli officials were meeting in Jerusalem trying to finalize the move.  The warning by Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, added to the growing chorus of international voices urging Israel not to carry out its plan.  The U.N. secretary-general, the European Union and key Arab countries have all spoken out against annexation, saying it would violate international law and all but destroy any remaining hopes of establishing a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel.

    The U.N.’s human rights chief on Monday said that Israel’s plan to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank would have “disastrous” consequences for the region, issuing her dire warning as senior U.S. and Israeli officials were meeting in Jerusalem trying to finalize the move. The warning by Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, added to the growing chorus of international voices urging Israel not to carry out its plan. The U.N. secretary-general, the European Union and key Arab countries have all spoken out against annexation, saying it would violate international law and all but destroy any remaining hopes of establishing a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel.


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  • 66/81   Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump over killing of Qassim Soleimani
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    Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. The United States killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, with a drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3. Washington accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned militias on U.S. forces in the region. Alqasimehr said the warrants had been issued on charges of murder and terrorist action. He said Iran had asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" for Trump and the other individuals the Islamic Republic accuses of taking part in the killing of Soleimani. Alqasimehr said the group included other U.S. military and civilian officials but did not provide further details. He said Iran would continue to pursue the matter after Trump's time in office ends. The killing of Soleimani brought the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict after Iran retaliated by firing missiles at American targets in Iraq several days later.

    Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. The United States killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, with a drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3. Washington accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned militias on U.S. forces in the region. Alqasimehr said the warrants had been issued on charges of murder and terrorist action. He said Iran had asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" for Trump and the other individuals the Islamic Republic accuses of taking part in the killing of Soleimani. Alqasimehr said the group included other U.S. military and civilian officials but did not provide further details. He said Iran would continue to pursue the matter after Trump's time in office ends. The killing of Soleimani brought the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict after Iran retaliated by firing missiles at American targets in Iraq several days later.


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  • 67/81   Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
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    WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter. They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, two of the officials said.The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019, another official has said.Armed with this information, military and intelligence officials have been reviewing U.S. and other coalition combat casualties over the past 18 months to determine whether any were victims of the plot. Four Americans were killed in combat in early 2020, but the Taliban have not attacked U.S. positions since a February agreement to end the long-running war in Afghanistan.The details added to the picture of the classified intelligence assessment, which The New York Times reported Friday has been under discussion inside the Trump administration since at least March, and emerged as the White House confronted a growing chorus of criticism Sunday over its apparent failure to authorize a response to Russia.Trump defended himself by denying the Times report that he had been briefed on the intelligence, expanding on a similar White House rebuttal a day earlier. But leading congressional Democrats and some Republicans demanded a response to Russia that, according to officials, the administration has yet to authorize.The president "needs to immediately expose and handle this, and stop Russia's shadow war," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote on Twitter.Appearing on the ABC program "This Week," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had not been briefed on the intelligence assessment and had asked for an immediate report to Congress. She accused Trump of wanting "to ignore" any charges against Russia."Russia has never gotten over the humiliation they suffered in Afghanistan, and now they are taking it out on us, our troops," she said of the Soviet Union's bloody war there in the 1980s. "This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it, he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything."Spokespeople for the CIA, the director of national intelligence and the Pentagon declined to comment on the new findings. A National Security Council spokesman John L. Ullyot, said in a statement Sunday night, "The veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated."Trump said Sunday night on Twitter that "Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP." One senior administration official offered a similar explanation, saying that Trump was not briefed because the intelligence agencies had come to no consensus on the findings.But another official said there was broad agreement that the intelligence assessment was accurate, with some complexities because different aspects of the intelligence -- including interrogations and surveillance data -- resulted in some differences among agencies in how much confidence to put in each type.Though the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, claimed Saturday that Trump had not been briefed about the intelligence report, one U.S. official had told The Times that the report was briefed to the highest levels of the White House. Another said it was included in the President's Daily Brief, a compendium of foreign policy and national security intelligence compiled for Trump to read.McEnany did not challenge The Times' reporting on the existence of the intelligence assessment, a National Security Council interagency meeting about it in late March and the White House's inaction. Multiple other news organizations also subsequently reported on the assessment, and The Washington Post first reported Sunday that the bounties were believed to have resulted in the death of at least one U.S. service member.The officials briefed on the matter said the assessment had been treated as a closely held secret but that the administration expanded briefings about it over the last week -- including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces were among those said to have been targeted.Republicans in Congress demanded more information from the Trump administration about what happened and how the White House planned to respond.Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, said in a Twitter post Sunday: "If reporting about Russian bounties on U.S. forces is true, the White House must explain: 1. Why weren't the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB? 2. Who did know and when? 3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?"Multiple Republicans retweeted Cheney's post. Rep. Daniel Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former member of the Navy SEALs, amplified her message, tweeting, "We need answers."In a statement in response to questions, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, said he had long warned about Russia's work to undermine American interests in the Middle East and southwest Asia and noted that he wrote an amendment last year rebuking Trump's withdrawal of forces from Syria and Afghanistan."The United States needs to prioritize defense resources, maintain a sufficient regional military presence and continue to impose serious consequences on those who threaten us and our allies -- like our strikes in Syria and Afghanistan against ISIS, the Taliban and Russian mercenary forces that threatened our partners," McConnell said.Aides for other top Republicans either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; and Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.In addition to saying he was never "briefed or told" about the intelligence report -- a formulation that went beyond the White House denial of any formal briefing -- Trump also cast doubt on the assessment's credibility, which statements from his subordinates had not.Specifically, he described the intelligence report as being about "so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians"; the report described bounties paid to Taliban militants by Russian military intelligence officers, not direct attacks. Trump also suggested that the developments could be a "hoax" and questioned whether The Times' sources -- government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity -- existed.Trump then pivoted to attack former Vice President Joe Biden, who criticized the president Saturday for failing to punish Russia for offering bounties to the Taliban, as well as Biden's son, Hunter, who is the target of unsubstantiated claims that he helped a Ukrainian energy firm curry favor with the Obama administration when his father was vice president."Nobody's been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted. "With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine -- Where's Hunter?"U.S. officials said the Russian plot to pay bounties to Taliban fighters came into focus over the past several months after intelligence analysts and Special Operations forces put together key pieces of evidence.One official said the seizure of a large amount of American cash at one Taliban site got "everybody's attention" in Afghanistan. It was not clear when the money was recovered.Two officials said the information about the bounty hunting was "well-known" among the intelligence community in Afghanistan, including the CIA's chief of station and other top officials there, like the military commandos hunting the Taliban. The information was distributed in intelligence reports and highlighted in some of them.The assessment was compiled and sent up the chain of command to senior military and intelligence officials, eventually landing at the highest levels of the White House. The Security Council meeting in March came at a delicate time, as the coronavirus pandemic was becoming a crisis and prompting shutdowns around the country.A former U.S. official said the national security adviser, Robert C. O'Brien, and the president's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, would have been involved in any decision to brief Trump on Russia's activities, as would have the intelligence analyst who briefs the president. The director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, might have also weighed in, the former official said.McEnany cited those three senior officials in her statement saying the president had not been briefed.National security officials have tracked Russia's relationship with the Taliban for years and determined that Moscow has provided financial and material support to senior and regional Taliban leaders.While Russia has at times cooperated with the U.S. and appeared interested in Afghan stability, it often seems to work at crosscurrents with its own national interest if the result is damage to U.S. national interests, said a former senior Trump White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security assessments.Revenge is also a factor in Russia's support for the Taliban, the official said. Russia has been keen to even the scales after a bloody confrontation in 2018 in Syria, when a massive U.S. counterattack killed hundreds of Syrian forces along with Russian mercenaries nominally supported by the Kremlin."They are keeping a score sheet, and they want to punish us for that incident," the official said.Both Russia and the Taliban have denied the U.S. intelligence assessment.Pelosi said that if the president had not, in fact, been briefed, then the country should be concerned that his administration was afraid to share with him information regarding Russia.Pelosi said that the episode underscored Trump's accommodating stance toward Russia and that with him, "all roads lead to Putin.""This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed," she said. "Whether he is or not, his administration knows, and some of our allies who work with us in Afghanistan have been briefed and accept this report."John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, said on "This Week" that he was not aware of the intelligence assessment, but he questioned Trump's response on Twitter."What would motivate the president to do that, because it looks bad if Russians are paying to kill Americans and we're not doing anything about it?" Bolton said. "The presidential reaction is to say, 'It's not my responsibility. Nobody told me about it.' And therefore to duck any complaints that he hasn't acted effectively."Bolton said this summed up Trump's decision-making on national security issues. "It's just unconnected to the reality he's dealing with."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter. They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, two of the officials said.The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019, another official has said.Armed with this information, military and intelligence officials have been reviewing U.S. and other coalition combat casualties over the past 18 months to determine whether any were victims of the plot. Four Americans were killed in combat in early 2020, but the Taliban have not attacked U.S. positions since a February agreement to end the long-running war in Afghanistan.The details added to the picture of the classified intelligence assessment, which The New York Times reported Friday has been under discussion inside the Trump administration since at least March, and emerged as the White House confronted a growing chorus of criticism Sunday over its apparent failure to authorize a response to Russia.Trump defended himself by denying the Times report that he had been briefed on the intelligence, expanding on a similar White House rebuttal a day earlier. But leading congressional Democrats and some Republicans demanded a response to Russia that, according to officials, the administration has yet to authorize.The president "needs to immediately expose and handle this, and stop Russia's shadow war," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote on Twitter.Appearing on the ABC program "This Week," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had not been briefed on the intelligence assessment and had asked for an immediate report to Congress. She accused Trump of wanting "to ignore" any charges against Russia."Russia has never gotten over the humiliation they suffered in Afghanistan, and now they are taking it out on us, our troops," she said of the Soviet Union's bloody war there in the 1980s. "This is totally outrageous. You would think that the minute the president heard of it, he would want to know more instead of denying that he knew anything."Spokespeople for the CIA, the director of national intelligence and the Pentagon declined to comment on the new findings. A National Security Council spokesman John L. Ullyot, said in a statement Sunday night, "The veracity of the underlying allegations continues to be evaluated."Trump said Sunday night on Twitter that "Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP." One senior administration official offered a similar explanation, saying that Trump was not briefed because the intelligence agencies had come to no consensus on the findings.But another official said there was broad agreement that the intelligence assessment was accurate, with some complexities because different aspects of the intelligence -- including interrogations and surveillance data -- resulted in some differences among agencies in how much confidence to put in each type.Though the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, claimed Saturday that Trump had not been briefed about the intelligence report, one U.S. official had told The Times that the report was briefed to the highest levels of the White House. Another said it was included in the President's Daily Brief, a compendium of foreign policy and national security intelligence compiled for Trump to read.McEnany did not challenge The Times' reporting on the existence of the intelligence assessment, a National Security Council interagency meeting about it in late March and the White House's inaction. Multiple other news organizations also subsequently reported on the assessment, and The Washington Post first reported Sunday that the bounties were believed to have resulted in the death of at least one U.S. service member.The officials briefed on the matter said the assessment had been treated as a closely held secret but that the administration expanded briefings about it over the last week -- including sharing information about it with the British government, whose forces were among those said to have been targeted.Republicans in Congress demanded more information from the Trump administration about what happened and how the White House planned to respond.Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, said in a Twitter post Sunday: "If reporting about Russian bounties on U.S. forces is true, the White House must explain: 1. Why weren't the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB? 2. Who did know and when? 3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?"Multiple Republicans retweeted Cheney's post. Rep. Daniel Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former member of the Navy SEALs, amplified her message, tweeting, "We need answers."In a statement in response to questions, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, said he had long warned about Russia's work to undermine American interests in the Middle East and southwest Asia and noted that he wrote an amendment last year rebuking Trump's withdrawal of forces from Syria and Afghanistan."The United States needs to prioritize defense resources, maintain a sufficient regional military presence and continue to impose serious consequences on those who threaten us and our allies -- like our strikes in Syria and Afghanistan against ISIS, the Taliban and Russian mercenary forces that threatened our partners," McConnell said.Aides for other top Republicans either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; and Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.In addition to saying he was never "briefed or told" about the intelligence report -- a formulation that went beyond the White House denial of any formal briefing -- Trump also cast doubt on the assessment's credibility, which statements from his subordinates had not.Specifically, he described the intelligence report as being about "so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians"; the report described bounties paid to Taliban militants by Russian military intelligence officers, not direct attacks. Trump also suggested that the developments could be a "hoax" and questioned whether The Times' sources -- government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity -- existed.Trump then pivoted to attack former Vice President Joe Biden, who criticized the president Saturday for failing to punish Russia for offering bounties to the Taliban, as well as Biden's son, Hunter, who is the target of unsubstantiated claims that he helped a Ukrainian energy firm curry favor with the Obama administration when his father was vice president."Nobody's been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted. "With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine -- Where's Hunter?"U.S. officials said the Russian plot to pay bounties to Taliban fighters came into focus over the past several months after intelligence analysts and Special Operations forces put together key pieces of evidence.One official said the seizure of a large amount of American cash at one Taliban site got "everybody's attention" in Afghanistan. It was not clear when the money was recovered.Two officials said the information about the bounty hunting was "well-known" among the intelligence community in Afghanistan, including the CIA's chief of station and other top officials there, like the military commandos hunting the Taliban. The information was distributed in intelligence reports and highlighted in some of them.The assessment was compiled and sent up the chain of command to senior military and intelligence officials, eventually landing at the highest levels of the White House. The Security Council meeting in March came at a delicate time, as the coronavirus pandemic was becoming a crisis and prompting shutdowns around the country.A former U.S. official said the national security adviser, Robert C. O'Brien, and the president's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, would have been involved in any decision to brief Trump on Russia's activities, as would have the intelligence analyst who briefs the president. The director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, might have also weighed in, the former official said.McEnany cited those three senior officials in her statement saying the president had not been briefed.National security officials have tracked Russia's relationship with the Taliban for years and determined that Moscow has provided financial and material support to senior and regional Taliban leaders.While Russia has at times cooperated with the U.S. and appeared interested in Afghan stability, it often seems to work at crosscurrents with its own national interest if the result is damage to U.S. national interests, said a former senior Trump White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security assessments.Revenge is also a factor in Russia's support for the Taliban, the official said. Russia has been keen to even the scales after a bloody confrontation in 2018 in Syria, when a massive U.S. counterattack killed hundreds of Syrian forces along with Russian mercenaries nominally supported by the Kremlin."They are keeping a score sheet, and they want to punish us for that incident," the official said.Both Russia and the Taliban have denied the U.S. intelligence assessment.Pelosi said that if the president had not, in fact, been briefed, then the country should be concerned that his administration was afraid to share with him information regarding Russia.Pelosi said that the episode underscored Trump's accommodating stance toward Russia and that with him, "all roads lead to Putin.""This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed," she said. "Whether he is or not, his administration knows, and some of our allies who work with us in Afghanistan have been briefed and accept this report."John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, said on "This Week" that he was not aware of the intelligence assessment, but he questioned Trump's response on Twitter."What would motivate the president to do that, because it looks bad if Russians are paying to kill Americans and we're not doing anything about it?" Bolton said. "The presidential reaction is to say, 'It's not my responsibility. Nobody told me about it.' And therefore to duck any complaints that he hasn't acted effectively."Bolton said this summed up Trump's decision-making on national security issues. "It's just unconnected to the reality he's dealing with."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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    A British judge said Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must attend his next court hearing unless he can provide medical evidence to support his absence. Lawyers for Assange said he could not attend the latest hearing on his U.S. extradition case by video link from prison for medical reasons. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser set another hearing date of July 27 and said Assange must appear “unless there is medical evidence” to explain his non-attendance.


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  • 69/81   French former prime minister, wife found guilty of fraud
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  • 70/81   Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
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    An Iranian prosecutor said the country had issued an Interpol arrest warrant for United States Donald Trump for his role in the assassination of a leading military commander earlier this year.The Tehran prosecutor, Ali Alqasimehr said the international warrant included Trump and more than 30 others allegedly involved in the 3 January drone strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s clandestine overseas paramilitary force, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday.


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  • 71/81   Trump news - live: President denies being briefed on Russian bounty plot as Iran issues warrant for his arrest
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    Donald Trump has been made the subject of an arrest warrant by Iran over the US killing of the country's top general Qassem Soleimani on 3 January, with Tehran appealing to Interpol for help in enforcing it. The president has meanwhile insisted he was not briefed by intelligence officials over an alleged Russian plot to pay out bounties to Taliban hitmen in exchange for targeting American and British soldiers in Afghanistan to sow unrest, after the president was accused of sitting on the report by his domestic political rivals.With all that going on, several southern states are racing to impose new lockdown restrictions on citizens after cases of the coronavirus surged following their reopening, with California joining Texas and Florida in closing bars in seven counties and the latter shutting its beaches. “Caution was thrown to the wind and so we are where we are,” Republican governor Ron DeSantis commented.

    Donald Trump has been made the subject of an arrest warrant by Iran over the US killing of the country's top general Qassem Soleimani on 3 January, with Tehran appealing to Interpol for help in enforcing it. The president has meanwhile insisted he was not briefed by intelligence officials over an alleged Russian plot to pay out bounties to Taliban hitmen in exchange for targeting American and British soldiers in Afghanistan to sow unrest, after the president was accused of sitting on the report by his domestic political rivals.With all that going on, several southern states are racing to impose new lockdown restrictions on citizens after cases of the coronavirus surged following their reopening, with California joining Texas and Florida in closing bars in seven counties and the latter shutting its beaches. “Caution was thrown to the wind and so we are where we are,” Republican governor Ron DeSantis commented.


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  • 72/81   As Texas coronavirus cases surge, Pence attends megachurch service
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    Vice President Mike Pence peeled off his White House-branded mask and smiled at a crowd of thousands Sunday morning. Yet he wasn’t technically headlining a political rally — he was at church in a state that has seen a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases.

    Vice President Mike Pence peeled off his White House-branded mask and smiled at a crowd of thousands Sunday morning. Yet he wasn’t technically headlining a political rally — he was at church in a state that has seen a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases.


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  • 73/81   Americans confront 'very scary' next phase of coronavirus pandemic as new infections spike across the South
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    Calling the recent surge in coronavirus cases in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona “very scary,” Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel said she fears the virus will continue to flare up in communities around the country throughout the summer.

    Calling the recent surge in coronavirus cases in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona “very scary,” Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel said she fears the virus will continue to flare up in communities around the country throughout the summer.


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  • 74/81   Citing 'irrational fears' of killer pandemic, Republicans fight face masks in Congress
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    The face mask culture war arrived in full force on Capitol Hill on Friday when a bitter dispute erupted in a congressional hearing room, with Republicans refusing to wear face coverings and Democrats insisting that they do so. 

    The face mask culture war arrived in full force on Capitol Hill on Friday when a bitter dispute erupted in a congressional hearing room, with Republicans refusing to wear face coverings and Democrats insisting that they do so. 


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  • 75/81   Pence hails 'remarkable progress' on COVID-19 as new cases surge in many states
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    Vice President Mike Pence hailed “remarkable progress” toward returning the nation to normalcy at the first public briefing of the coronavirus task force in nearly two months on Friday, a day the U.S. saw a new high for coronavirus cases recorded.

    Vice President Mike Pence hailed “remarkable progress” toward returning the nation to normalcy at the first public briefing of the coronavirus task force in nearly two months on Friday, a day the U.S. saw a new high for coronavirus cases recorded.


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  • 76/81   New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll: Two-thirds of Americans say masks should be mandatory, siding with Biden over Trump
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    As coronavirus case counts soar, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that two-thirds of Americans now share Joe Biden’s position on masks — even as Republicans, and President Trump, continue to oppose it.  

    As coronavirus case counts soar, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that two-thirds of Americans now share Joe Biden’s position on masks — even as Republicans, and President Trump, continue to oppose it.  


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  • 77/81   CDC maps show Florida's deepening coronavirus crisis, as state shatters daily case record
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    The Sunshine State reported nearly 9,000 new cases on Friday as its death toll ticked over 3,400.

    The Sunshine State reported nearly 9,000 new cases on Friday as its death toll ticked over 3,400.


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  • 78/81   In face of pandemic, Trump pushes Obamacare repeal
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    If the health care program is overturned by the Supreme Court, millions of Americans could lose their insurance coverage.

    If the health care program is overturned by the Supreme Court, millions of Americans could lose their insurance coverage.


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  • 79/81   Beto O'Rourke thinks Texas is 'Biden's to lose'
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    Although his presidential bid failed to gain traction, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke came within a hair of becoming a senator from Texas in 2018 and performed better than any Democrat in a statewide race in nearly 30 years. 

    Although his presidential bid failed to gain traction, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke came within a hair of becoming a senator from Texas in 2018 and performed better than any Democrat in a statewide race in nearly 30 years. 


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  • 80/81   New U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass peak set in April as states rethink strategy
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    States stretching from Florida to California are seeing record highs in cases as hospitals begin to fill up and Republican governors urge the use of masks.

    States stretching from Florida to California are seeing record highs in cases as hospitals begin to fill up and Republican governors urge the use of masks.


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  • 81/81   As COVID cases fall in Europe, calls to ban travel from America rise. What the EU got right about controlling coronavirus.
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    The potential ban not only underscores how much worse the U.S. outbreak has gotten in recent days. It also highlights how much better the EU is currently doing than the U.S. But why?

    The potential ban not only underscores how much worse the U.S. outbreak has gotten in recent days. It also highlights how much better the EU is currently doing than the U.S. But why?


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