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Sep 23, 2019

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave
Iran said on Monday that a British-flagged oil tanker is "free" to leave more than two months after it was seized in the Gulf. "The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move," government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surrounded the Stena Impero with attack boats before rappelling onto the deck of the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.

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Sep 23, 2019

Zimbabwe's Mugabe died from cancer, president says
Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe died from cancer after chemotherapy treatment was stopped because it was no longer effective, a state-owned newspaper quoted President Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying, the first time the government has given the cause of his death. Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe to independence and crushed his foes during nearly four decades of rule that impoverished his country, died on Sept 6. Mnangagwa told ruling party supporters in New York where he is attending this week's United Nations General Assembly that Mugabe had cancer, but he did not disclose the type.

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Sep 23, 2019

At UN, Trump to face questions about Iran, Ukraine, allies
Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while fending off questions about whether he sought foreign help to damage a political rival. Trump's latest U.N. trip comes after nearly three years of an "America First" foreign policy that has unsettled allies and shredded multinational pacts. A centerpiece of this year's U.N. schedule will be a Monday session on climate change that Trump plans to skip.

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Sep 23, 2019

UK believes Iran was behind Saudi oil attacks -PM Johnson
Britain believes Iran was responsible for an attack on Saudi oil facilities and will work with the United States and European allies on a joint response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. The United States and Saudi Arabia have already blamed Iran for the Sept. 14 strikes that initially halved Saudi oil output. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houti movement has claimed responsibility.

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Sep 23, 2019

Trump's Biggest Challenge: A Bloody War with Iran
From Yemen to Syria, to Lebanon and over the long term in Iraq, it is quite clear Washington and Tehran have too many areas of contention for their relationship to turn rosy. Does that mean war?

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Sep 23, 2019

South Korea Justice Minister's Home Raided in Corruption Investigation
(Bloomberg) -- South Korean prosecutors raided the home of Justice Minister Cho Kuk, the Yonhap News Agency reported, as part of a widening corruption investigation that has already dented support for President Moon Jae-in.Investigators entered Cho's house shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Yonhap said, citing the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. The move comes amid a range of inquiries into issues involving Cho and his wife including their children's university applications and an investment in a private equity fund. Cho has denied wrongdoing.The Seoul Central Prosecutors Office, the Justice Ministry and the presidential office declined to comment when reached by phone Monday.The raid comes two weeks after Moon appointed Cho -- a political ally and close confidant -- despite parliamentary resistance to his nomination. The president's approval rating slipped to a record low of 40% last week, a regular Gallup Korea survey showed, as the appointment controversy, a slowing economy and setbacks in U.S.-North Korea talks all weighed on his support.Prosecutors are investigating how Cho's daughter won admission to a prestigious university after she was credited as a main author of a published scientific paper while a high school student on a brief internship. They're also looking into how his family made a hefty profit from a questionable investment in the private equity fund.Cho's university professor wife Chung Kyung-shim was indicted earlier this month on allegations that she interfered with the probe by forging documents, YTN reported. Chung has denied the allegations in a Facebook post.On Monday, prosecutors visited Cho's home in southern Seoul to collect compute

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Sep 23, 2019

Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home
Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white police officer accused of shooting her black neighbor in his Dallas apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, is expected in a city courthouse Monday morning, where she will stand trial for the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean last year. The case has attracted intense national scrutiny for its strange circumstances and as one in a chain of shootings of black men by white police officers.

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Sep 23, 2019

Biden, Warren Join GM Workers as UAW's Strike Enters Second Week
(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren joined striking United Auto Workers members on a picket line on Sunday as they compete for the support of a critical voting bloc in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Warren was mobbed as soon as she arrived at General Motors Co.'s Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, where the strike is entering a second week. Cheers and chants broke out when she joined the picket line while holding a "UAW on strike" sign.She condemned the automaker for making "billions of dollars in profits" even as it closes U.S. plants. "GM is demonstrating that it has no loyalty to the workers of America or to the people of America; their only loyalty is to their own bottom line," Warren said. "If they can save a nickel by moving a job to Mexico or to Asia or to anywhere else on the planet, they will do it."A strong turnout by organized labor will be key for Democrats as they seek to defeat President Donald Trump in crucial swing states in the rust belt such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These states were supposed to ensure Hillary Clinton's victory in 2016 but all went for Trump, at least in part thanks to support from some union members, who had traditionally been solidly aligned with the Democrats.‘War' On LaborBiden joined a group in front of a GM facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Wearing a red UAW shirt, he stood on the back of a pickup truck and addressed hundreds of striking workers."There's been a war on labor's house for a long, long time," Biden said. "

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Sep 22, 2019

The Latest: Tropical storms approaching Puerto Rico, Bermuda
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda because of approaching Tropical Storm Jerry. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday night that tropical storm-force winds are possible in Bermuda late Tuesday. It says Jerry's about 370 miles (590 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda and clocking top sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph).

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Sep 22, 2019

China Offers Its Side of Human Rights Debate Before National Day
(Bloomberg) -- China issued a white paper arguing it has improved the protection of human rights ahead of celebrations to commemorate 70 years of Communist Party rule, as activists criticize its treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang and police action against protesters in Hong Kong.The white paper published by the State Council Information Office on Sunday said Chinese people enjoy real democracy, according to Xinhua. Titled "Seeking Happiness for People: 70 Years of Progress on Human Rights in China," the document said the nation has made regular contributions to the international cause of human rights, according to the news agency.China is regularly criticized by human rights groups and the U.S. government for its treatment of ethnic and religious minorities. Its detention of as many as one million ethnic Uighurs is among several sources of tension with the U.S., and the nation's policies in the far western region of Xinjiang have prompted calls for sanctions from lawmakers, human rights advocates and religious groups.Amnesty International this month said in a report that Hong Kong police beat pro-democracy protesters in custody, committed acts that amount to "torture," and warned the situation could get worse ahead of protests planned to coincide with the Oct. 1 anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Lulu Shen in Shanghai at lshen37@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, James

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Sep 22, 2019

Prince Harry and family head to SAfrica for official visit
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are scheduled to land in South Africa on Monday, bringing baby Archie along for their first official tour as a family. Prince Harry, Meghan and their son will touch down in the coastal city of Cape Town for the first leg of their 10-day southern Africa trip. The tour will begin with an education workshop in one of Cape Town's townships -- areas crippled by gang violence that sit just miles from the city's stunning beaches and rolling vineyards.

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Sep 22, 2019

Yemen upcycles shot-up buses to ease water shortage
Once a bus wreck peppered with bullet holes, the pristine white water tanker parked in front of a Yemen university now delivers water to students in the war-torn and cholera-hit south. Sitting among still battle-scarred buses, the tanker was repurposed by student welfare officer Nashwan el-Rebasi, who has made a mini fleet of water transporters for the university at the foot of the Taez mountains. "The idea was born out of the water shortages in the region and the total lack of a reservoir at the university," said the 35-year-old.

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Sep 22, 2019

GM workers mark 'Solidarity Sunday' on week two of strike
Union members picketing a sprawling automobile assembly plant in Detroit marked "Solidarity Sunday" as the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors entered its second week. Nearly 50,000 GM workers had walked off the job last week, beginning the largest industrial action to hit the carmaker in more than a decade, after talks on a new four-year contract between GM and the UAW hit an impasse. On Sunday, about 250 union members holding up placards reading "UAW on strike" demonstrated outside the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, joined by Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren and sympathetic union members employed elsewhere.

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Sep 22, 2019

Emmys 2019: Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner laughed at for calling themselves 'real people' onstage: 'Savage'
The star-studded audience at the 2019 Emmys laughed when Kim Kardashian said that her family members are 'real people just being themselves' on TV.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iran Demands a $15 Billion Credit Before Resuming Talks With Trump and EU
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastForeign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday that Iran would not resume talks with President Donald Trump and his administration until a French plan to extend $15 billion of credit to Tehran goes into full effect."The credit we are talking about is not a charity. We are a wealthy nation," Zarif told a group of reporters in New York Sunday. "The credit is in lieu of the oil [the French] were supposed to buy." Zarif said Iran is requesting the the $15 billion credit be extended until December at which point in time it would request $3 billion per month. "That was one way for the French—not just the French but the European Union—in order for them to come back into compliance with the JCPOA," Zarif said, referring the Iran nuclear deal. He said the U.S. would eventually "lose its leverage" if it continued to block Tehran from selling its oil."They are the ones who are dependent on the global market," Zarif said.Iran has been in conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron for weeks about the possibility of accessing billions of dollars from either the French central bank or the European Central Bank to compensate for the money Iran lost in oil sales due to American sanctions. Trump Flirts With $15 Billion Bailout for Iran, Sources SayZarif, who is in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, said the $15 billion deal was just one of several of the Iranian government's demands for the European Union and the U.S. It also wants to be

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Sep 22, 2019

Pence arrives on Mackinac Island with motorcade. Cars are generally banned on the island.
Cars are generally banned on the island, and that ban is integral to its charm.

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Sep 22, 2019

Emmys 2019: Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk make red carpet debut
One year after their Hamptons wedding, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk hit a red carpet together for the first time.

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Sep 22, 2019

GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. stock futures gain on better trade tone, oil climbs
Wall Street stock futures edged up in early trade on Monday, setting an upbeat tone for Asian markets on hopes of an interim Sino-U.S. tariff deal after the U.S. Trade Representative characterised their two days of talks as "productive". The E-mini futures for U.S. S&P 500 climbed 0.5% in while Chicago-traded Nikkei futures suggest Japan's Nikkei is on course to rise 0.4%. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan , up 3.4% so far this month, is likely to hold a firm tone on Monday.

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Sep 22, 2019

At UN General Assembly, Iran and US historically at odds
Iran has often commanded center stage at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, turning the organization's headquarters into an arena for arguments over the Persian Gulf's daily complexities and hostilities. As Tehran's leadership prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, there are fears that a wider conflict, dragging in Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States, could erupt after a summer of heightened volatility in the region. After the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal — and Washington hit Tehran with escalating sanctions —Iran has begun to break some of the limits that were set in return for sanctions relief.

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Sep 22, 2019

Two years after María, 'Many Puerto Ricans are still living as if the hurricane happened yesterday'
Outside of the town of Yabucoa, Fermín Pérez keeps his new refrigerator in a box and his new mattress in its packaging. He keeps them stored so they aren't damaged by the water that still leaks from his roof when it rains, despite the aid that came to repair it after María had made landfall practically in his backyard.María made landfall as a strong Category 4 storm on Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, tearing into his home. Not having the money to make repairs and no family around to help, the 71-year-old man reached out for aid. Even then, it wasn't until a year later in 2018 when he received electricity after the news organization Metro Puerto Rico brought attention to his story.The news outlet visited Pérez three times: last year, again when aid arrived within the week and a third time last week. Fermín Pérez stands in front of his house in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, a year after Hurricane María made landfall as a strong Category 4 storm. The storm had broken his windows, his door and had damaged his roof. A year later, after having asked for aid, no help came until Metro Puerto Rico covered his story. (Metro Puerto Rico/José Encarnación) When Metro Puerto Rico returned in 2019, Pérez's door, roof and windows had been repaired after María had pummeled the city, though the outlet noted the job had looked rushed. The ceiling leaked when it rained. Pérez's house wasn't one of the thousands of roofless homes still shielded by blue tarp, but mold still clung

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Sep 22, 2019

Five-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record
A damning new UN report published Sunday said the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster because of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever. It comes ahead of a major UN climate summit Monday that will be attended by more than 60 world leaders, as Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pushes for countries to increase their greenhouse gas reduction targets. The report "highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change," said its authors, the Science Advisory Group to the summit.

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Sep 22, 2019

Unblock whistleblower's complaint on President Donald Trump's call to Ukraine over Biden
Arguing that Donald Trump isn't a member of the intelligence community is painfully reminiscent of the legal gymnastics Robert Mueller used: Our view

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Sep 22, 2019

UN Climate Action Summit: How many countries will step up on the world stage Monday?
With rising protests on climate change, nations will reveal if they'll commit to deep emissions cuts. 130 banks pledged Sunday to join the effort.

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Sep 22, 2019

Indonesian investigators determine 737 MAX design flaw and oversight lapses in Lion Air crash - WSJ
Indonesian investigators have found that design and oversight lapses played a key role in the fatal crash of a Boeing Co's 737 MAX jet in October, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The draft conclusions, which is expected to be the first formal government finding that the design and U.S. regulatory approval were flawed, also identifies a string of pilot errors and maintenance mistakes as causal factors of the Lion Air crash, killing all 189 aboard, WSJ said. A Boeing spokesman did not comment on the WSJ report but said the plane maker continues to offer support to the investigating authorities as they complete the report.

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Sep 22, 2019

Biden, Warren Join Striking UAW Pickets Outside GM Plants
(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren joined striking United Auto Workers members on a picket line on Sunday as they compete for the support of a critical voting bloc in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Warren was mobbed as soon as she arrived at General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, where a strike is entering a second week. Cheers and chants broke out when she joined the picket line while holding a "UAW on strike" sign.She condemned the automaker for making "billions of dollars in profits" even as it closed U.S. plants. "GM is demonstrating that it has no loyalty to the workers of America or to the people of America, their only loyalty is to their own bottom line," Warren said on Sunday. "If they can save a nickel by moving a job to Mexico or to Asia or to anywhere else on the planet, they will do it."A strong turnout by organized labor will be key for Democrats as they seek to defeat President Donald Trump in crucial swing states in the rust belt such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These states were supposed to ensure Hillary Clinton's victory in 2016 but all went for Trump, at least in part thanks to support from some union members, who had traditionally been solidly aligned with the Democrats.Red ShirtBiden joined a group in front of a GM facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Wearing a red UAW shirt, he stood on the back of a pick-up truck and addressed hundreds of striking workers."There's been a war on labor's house for a long, long time," Biden said. "Corporations bought back over a trillion dollars in their own stock."The former vice president, who has a long history of support from labor unions during his political career, received a warm

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Sep 22, 2019

3 dead, 4 hospitalized in suspected drug overdose
All of the victims were wearing orange paper bands on their wrists. Police determined the victims initially went to a venue together, then headed to the apartment where they overdosed. It appears to have been isolated to a single location," the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

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Sep 22, 2019

'She was drunk:' Bus driver facing DUI charges after child calls 911 to report her
A bus driver in Washington has been arrested after a child called 911 to report that she was driving under the influence.

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Sep 22, 2019

Face transplant recipient's donor face failing
A woman who was severely burned in Vermont is hoping for a second face transplant after doctors recently found tissue damage that likely will lead to the loss of her donor face.

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Sep 22, 2019

Trump goes on offensive over Biden and Ukraine as Schiff ponders impeachment
* Whistleblower scandal swirls over Washington * Q&A: What is the Trump-Ukraine scandal about?Donald Trump, his aides and allies went on the offensive on Sunday, over what the president claims is un-investigated corruption involving Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.In return, the Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee said the president's reported conduct in the matter may make impeachment "the only remedy that is coequal to the evil".Donald Trump is reported to have pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate claims about Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.On Saturday, Biden, who has denied all wrongdoing, accused Trump of an "overwhelming abuse of power".On Sunday, leaving the White House for Texas and Ohio, Trump told reporters he was "not looking to hurt Biden, but he did a very dishonest thing".Seeming to move closer to admitting he did discuss Biden with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he added: "The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place. Was largely the fact that we don't want our people, like Vice-President Biden and his son, [contributing] to the corruption already in the Ukraine."He added: "We had a great conversation. We had a conversation on many things." We may have crossed the Rubicon Adam SchiffRepublican claims about Ukraine concern Hunter Biden's work for a gas company in the country and a visit by the then vice-president in March 2016, in which he pressed for the firing of

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Sep 22, 2019

Chinese journalists will have to pass a government test on Marxism and President Xi Jinping to be granted press passes
'Pilot tests' will be issued to Chinese journalists starting next month via an app to test their loyalty to President Xi Jinping to get press passes.

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Sep 22, 2019

Impeachment Pressure Builds for Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats After Ukraine Whistleblower and Trump Admission
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyDemocratic members of Congress grappling with the question of impeachment spoke with new urgency on Sunday following reports that President Trump pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son in a July phone call between the two leaders. The moment arrives amid frustration among some of the candidates running in the 2020 Democratic primary, as well as voters and activists, that the Democratic-led House of Representatives has dragged its feet on holding the president accountable. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that impeachment could be the "only remedy," to the president's refusal to make public the whistleblower complaint associated with the call and a transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian president. "If the President is essentially withholding military aid at the same time that he is trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit that is providing dirt on his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that conduct represents," Schiff said, while again stopping short of calling for impeachment proceedings to begin. Similarly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not and did not join the call for impeachment from a growing percentage of her caucus. But on S

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Sep 22, 2019

World leaders feel the heat in upcoming climate summit
Only those with new, specific and bold plans can command the podium and the ever-warming world's attention, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. As if to underscore the seriousness of the problem, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization released a science report Sunday showing that in the last several years, warming, sea level rise and carbon pollution have all accelerated. Brazil's, Poland's and Saudi Arabia's proposals for dealing with climate change fell short, so they're not on Monday's summit schedule.

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Sep 22, 2019

Mexico's Minimum Wage Under Review for Gradual Boost: AMLO
(Bloomberg) -- Mexico's minimum wage will be reviewed for a possible boost to strengthen the purchasing power of workers, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday, the newspaper Reforma reported.The increase will be gradual, he said while touring the state of Campeche, because the rate can't be changed by decree. Economic activity has to increase so businesses are able to provide jobs that pay fair wages, he said.A national poll last week showed Lopez Obrador's approval fell to 61% from 66% as the economy teeters on the brink of a technical recession. Investors are uncertain about an economy now estimated by the central bank to grow 0.2% to 0.7% this year, down from 0.8% to 1.8% previously."I did some research on minimum wages in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and was surprised to learn that they are twice what we have in Mexico," Lopez Obrador said. "It turns out even China has a higher minimum wage than Mexico, so it's something we're going to look into."To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Navarro in Mexico City at anavarro30@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Case at bcase4@bloomberg.net, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Sep 22, 2019

Africa to seek declaration of global climate emergency at UN summit
African countries plan to call on the United Nations to declare a global climate emergency, among a set of demands to be presented at a climate summit in New York on Monday organised by the U.N. chief. Backed by African climate change negotiators, the statement is also expected to say that countries' climate action plans should be made legally binding, to ensure the 2015 Paris Agreement goals to limit global warming are met. African governments will also likely request more international funding to implement their plans to brake heat-trapping emissions and help their people adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas.

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Sep 22, 2019

See This Aircraft Carrier? Meet USS Enterprise (It Changed Everything)
The Enterprise, or "Big E," was commissioned on November 25, 1961. The ship's subsequent twenty-five deployments read like a history of the Cold War and modern U.S. foreign policy. She made some serious history.

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Sep 22, 2019

Israel cuts power in parts of West Bank over debts
Israel's national electricity company said Sunday it was cutting power to parts of the occupied West Bank due to outstanding payments amounting to nearly $483 million. The Israel Electric Corporation said it was owed 1.7 billion shekels in debts from the main Palestinian power distributor for the West Bank, which is based in east Jerusalem. From Monday, the company "will reduce the current in some areas of the West Bank" because of the debts, it said in a statement.

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Sep 22, 2019

Ilhan Omar: Biden not right candidate for 'progress we all want to see'
* Congresswoman addresses Iowa People's Presidential Forum * Elizabeth Warren overtakes Joe Biden in new Iowa pollIlhan Omar, at the Capitol in Washington earlier this year. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APAt the Iowa People's Presidential Forum on Saturday, organisers hoped to serve up an antidote to the Polk County Steak Fry, an event a few miles down the road that drew 17 Democratic presidential candidates to deliver stump speeches and pose for selfies with 12,000 attendees.The people's forum, organized by a collective of grassroots groups, aimed to push progressive policy initiatives. It hosted four candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, frontrunners in the state that will hold the first nomination ballot on 3 February next year.Perhaps the most notable absence was that of Joe Biden, the former vice-president who Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action, the forum organiser, declined to invite after his campaign failed to respond to a questionnaire.Biden, a centrist in a field increasingly dominated by progressive ideas, has dropped behind Warren in the polls in Iowa for the first time.To a number of speakers at the forum, his absence spoke volumes. There are few people who fit into the kind of progress that we all want to see in this country. Joe Biden is not one Ilhan OmarThe Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of four new members of the House of Representatives racially abused by Donald Trump, gave the keynote speech. She demanded "a president who reali

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Sep 22, 2019

Israel's Arab party throws its support to Benny Gantz in bid to oust Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu's grip on power slipped further last night after Israel's Arab minority party threw its support behind his rival Benny Gantz, virtually guaranteeing that Mr Gantz will get the first chance to form a government. The decision by the Joint List, which mainly represents Israel's 2 million Palestinian citizens, is the first time since 1992 that an Arab party has endorsed a Jewish candidate like Mr Gantz to be prime minister.  Ayman Odeh, the Joint List leader, said he was backing Mr Gantz to bring an end to Mr Netanyahu's 13 years in power.  "This will be the most significant step toward helping create the majority needed to prevent another term for Mr. Netanyahu. And it should be the end of his political career," Mr Odeh said in a New York Times op-ed.  Mr Netanyahu's Likud party put out a furious statement in response. "As we warned, the Arab parties that oppose Israel as a Jewish and democratic State and glorify terrorists recommended Gantz for prime minister," the party said. The support of the Joint List means that Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, will almost certainly allow Mr Gantz the first chance to form a coalition government. It will be the first time since 2009 that anyone other than Mr Netanyahu has been given the task.  Letters from Jerusalem RHS But that does not mean Mr Gantz, a former army general, will necessarily succeed in cobbling together a majority. He says he hopes to form a national unity government with Likud but only if Mr Netanyahu, wh

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Sep 22, 2019

Florida school resource officer who arrested two kids, ages 6 and 8, is under investigation
An Orlando school resource officer is facing an investigation after he arrested a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old on misdemeanor charges.

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Sep 22, 2019

Impeachment 'may be the only remedy' if Trump-Ukraine reports are true: House intel chair
Adam Schiff, head of the House Intelligence Committee, suggests impeachment is in order if President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

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Sep 22, 2019

Pelosi Warns of ‘Grave New Chapter' Over Trump's Ukraine Call
(Bloomberg) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled her readiness to take stronger action against President Donald Trump over a phone call with Ukraine's president, now the subject of scrutiny after the administration refused to release a whistle-blower's complaint."If the administration persists in blocking this whistle-blower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation," Pelosi said Sunday in a letter to colleagues.Pelosi didn't mention impeachment, although a key House lawmaker -- Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California -- suggested Trump's actions "may very well have crossed the Rubicon" warranting further action.Pelosi and Democratic leaders have resisted calls to start proceedings, fearing it would harm candidates seeking re-election in Republican-leaning areas. There also is little prospect that any effort would succeed in the Republican-controlled Senate, which would hold the trial after any House action.Schiff, who two months ago wasn't ready to back impeachment, said Sunday reports that Trump in the July 25 call asked President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to reopen an investigation into a company tied to Joe Biden's son could lead to congressional action.‘Profound Violation'If the call involved criminality or gaining leverage at odds with U.S. interests, he said on CNN's "State of the Union," then it would be "the most profound violation of the presidential oath of office," He added: "It may be that we do have to move forward with that extraordinary remedy."Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who

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Sep 22, 2019

Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new U.N.-backed climate principles
Banks with more than $47 trillion in assets, or a third of the global industry, adopted new U.N.-backed "responsible banking" principles to fight climate change on Sunday that would shift their loan books away from fossil fuels. Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Barclays were among 130 banks to join the new framework on the eve of a United Nations summit in New York aimed at pushing companies and governments to act quickly to avert catastrophic global warming. "These principles mean banks have to consider the impact of their loans on society - not just on their portfolio," Simone Dettling, banking team lead for the Geneva-based United Nations Environment Finance Initiative, told Reuters.

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Sep 22, 2019

Tropical Storm Karen Has Already Drowned the Internet in Memes Saying the Storm 'Wants to Speak to a Manager'
"The hurricane being named Karen is like a gift to the internet"

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Sep 22, 2019

Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Gantz for prime minister
The Arab bloc in Israel's parliament broke with tradition Sunday and endorsed Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz for prime minister, giving the former military chief an edge for the job over incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. The historic endorsement highlighted the first day of President Reuven Rivlin's crucial consultations with various party representatives. Israel's largely ceremonial president is responsible for picking the politician with the best chance of forming a stable coalition government.

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Sep 22, 2019

U.K. Labour Party Adopts Policy to Take Over Private Schools
(Bloomberg) -- The main U.K. opposition Labour Party adopted a policy to scrap private schools such as Eton -- the alma mater of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the second-in-line to the throne, Prince William.Delegates at Labour's annual conference passed a resolution on Sunday to include "a commitment to integrate all private schools into the state sector" in the party's next general election manifesto."This is a huge step forward in dismantling the privilege of a tiny, Eton-educated elite who are running our country into the ground," said Laura Parker, national coordinator of Momentum, a grassroots movement set up to support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. "Every child deserves a world-class education, not only those who are able pay for it."The new policy shows how Labour under Corbyn is seeking to make political capital by attacking the rich. Stoking a class war plays to the party's base in a country which is still very much defined by its class system.A Labour government would take measures including scrapping the charitable status enjoyed by private schools, meaning they would lose their tax breaks, according to the resolution.The motion also advocated ensuring that only 7% of students admitted by universities come from private schools -- in line with the national proportion of pupils attending them -- and redistributing their investments, endowments and properties "democratically and fairly across the country's educational institutions."To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in Brighton, England at amor

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Sep 22, 2019

AOC says bigger scandal than Trump's 'lawbreaking behavior' is Dems' refusal to impeach
Ocasio-Cortez added further fuel to the impeachment fire by saying the bigger scandal was Democrats' refusal to impeach President Trump.

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Sep 22, 2019

Trump hopes 'they release' his call with Ukraine's president, in which he says he talked about both Joe and Hunter Biden and 'corruption taking place'
Amid calls to release a transcript of his conversation with Ukraine's leader, President Donald Trump says he talked about both Joe and Hunter Biden.

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Sep 22, 2019

Joe Biden rounds on Donald Trump as Ukraine controversy escalates
Joe Biden accused Donald Trump of abusing his power as the row over the former vice-president's son's business dealings in Ukraine escalated over the weekend. Mr Biden sought to turn the tables on the US president and prevent the controversy over his son, Hunter, derailing his bid for the nomination. His intervention came as the latest opinion poll in Iowa showed that he had fallen behind Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren in the race to be the party's presidential candidate next year. Even the slightest hint of impropriety could prove hugely damaging to Mr Biden, whose often halting performances on the campaign trail have seen his status as the Democratic front-runner eroded in recent weeks. "The real story involves Hunter Biden going around the world and collecting large payments from foreign governments and foreign oligarchs." Peter Schweizer Laura Ingraham Hunter made a fortune in Ukraine and in China. He knew nothing about Energy, or anything else.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2019 The controversy, which has intensified the long-running feud between Mr Trump and the former vice-president,centres on Hunter Biden's involvement with Burisma, Ukraine's natural gas producer, which was being investigated by Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin. Mr Trump and his supporters allege that as vice-president, Mr Biden put pressure on Ukraine to sack Mr Shokin to stymie the investigation, an accusation which was angrily denied. Mr Shokin's successor has since said there was no evidence

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Sep 22, 2019

Face transplant recipient's donor face now failing
A woman who was severely burned in a domestic violence attack in Vermont is hoping for a second face transplant after doctors recently discovered tissue damage that likely will lead to the loss of her donor face. Carmen Blandin Tarleton, 51, was burned over 80% of her body when her estranged husband beat her with a baseball bat and doused her body with lye in 2007. Six years ago, she received a face transplant at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston, where she's being evaluated for a possible second transplant.

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Sep 22, 2019

Ex-cop's murder trial for shooting neighbor set to start
Last September, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own apartment. For some, the shooting was a tragic accident with circumstances that can only be described as "very unique." Others place it in pattern of white officers killing black men that, they say, points to systemic problems in American policing. On the eve of trial, one of the only points of agreement about her case in Dallas is that it has the potential to profoundly affect the relationship between police and residents.

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Sep 22, 2019

In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's recent vow to take away people's AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States? The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the U.S. is estimated at a staggering 16 million, creating logistical challenges to take them out of circulation. Many gun owners are also unwilling to turn over the weapons, and if the government offered to buy them all back at face value, the price tag could easily run into the billions of dollars.

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Sep 22, 2019

UPDATE 2-Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of Netanyahu
Israel's Arab-dominated Joint List party moved on Sunday to back the centre-left bloc of Benny Gantz, who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing alliance, to form a new government. With final results all but in, neither Gantz nor Netanyahu command a majority in parliament, so the Arab List's decision to end its usual policy of withholding support for any candidate in the wake of elections could nudge President Reuven Rivlin to ask Gantz to form a government. Rivlin, who began consulting with party leaders on Sunday to discuss who should lead the country after no clear victor emerged from Tuesday's election, suggested Gantz and Netanyahu join forces, though it is uncertain who would be the senior partner.

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Sep 22, 2019

Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of Netanyahu
Israel's Arab-dominated Joint List party moved on Sunday to back the center-left bloc of Benny Gantz, who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing alliance, to form a new government. With final results all but in, neither Gantz nor Netanyahu command a majority in parliament, so the Arab List's decision to end its usual policy of withholding support for any candidate in the wake of elections could nudge President Reuven Rivlin to ask Gantz to form a government.

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Sep 22, 2019

Israel's president floats unity government between Netanyahu and Gantz
Israel's president on Sunday began consulting with party leaders to discuss who should lead the country after no clear victor emerged from last week's election, suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud join forces with its main rival. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud failed, for the second time in five months, to secure a clear election victory. The centrist Blue and White party led by ex-armed forces chief Benny Gantz has a slight lead with nearly all votes counted.

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Sep 22, 2019

She Quit Her Job. He Got Night Goggles. They Searched 57 Days for Their Dog.
After a late night at a stock-car race, Carole and Verne King returned to their dog-friendly hotel in Kalispell, Montana, and made a devastating discovery.Their 7-year-old border collie, Katie, was no longer in the room. She had apparently managed to unlatch the door, possibly spooked by a thunderstorm that had swept through the area. At the front desk, an attendant said she had seen an anxious dog bolt out the front door hours before.The Kings were stunned. In the town of 23,000 people that backs up to the sprawling wilderness near Glacier National Park, surrounded by forests and fields, where would they even start looking?Over the next 57 days, the couple set out on a desperate search that included night-vision goggles, animal-tracking cameras and horse manure brought in from the family's farm in Eastern Washington. Carole King, a postal carrier, quit her job."Every night going to bed, it was gut-wrenching," said Verne King. "Is she warm? Did she get to eat today? It tore us up."Day 1'Like a Crime Scene'After the initial discovery, the Kings spent the night frantically searching nearby neighborhoods, where alfalfa farms and homes and new shopping centers collide in northern Kalispell.They were out until about 4 a.m., the Kings said, but saw no sign of the dog. The front-desk attendant asked them to send some photos, and together they began making and distributing flyers around the area.Hundreds of them were posted on light poles and community mailboxes, and handed out through door-

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Sep 22, 2019

Tropical Storm Karen Has Formed in the Atlantic and Could Hit Puerto Rico. Here's What to Know About Its Path
It could approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by Tuesday

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Sep 22, 2019

UPDATE 1-Pompeo urges world to resist China's demands to repatriate ethnic Uighurs
U.N. experts and activists say at least 1 million Uighurs, and members of other largely Muslim minority groups, have been detained in camps in the remote Xinjiang region. "Further on the subject of terrorism, I want to make clear that China's repressive campaign in Xinjiang is not about terrorism.

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Sep 22, 2019

3 dead, 4 hospitalized in Pittsburgh's trendy South Side Flats. All were wearing orange wrist bands
All the victims are wearing orange paper bands on their wrists, police said. Those hospitalized were conditions ranging from critical to serious.

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Sep 22, 2019

Gabon to be first African nation paid to fight deforestation
Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its forests in an effort to fight climate change, the United Nations said Sunday. Norway will provide Gabon, which is almost 90 percent covered by forest, with $150 million (136 million euros) to battle deforestation, according to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which the UN launched to bring together the region's nations with Western donors. The "historic" 10-year deal will be awarded to Gabon for "both reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation, and absorptions of carbon dioxide by natural forests," CAFI said in a statement.

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Sep 22, 2019

Suspected drones disrupt Dubai flights
Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted Sunday due to "suspected drone activity," officials said. Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighbouring emirate of Sharjah. "Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity," a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday.

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Sep 22, 2019

Tapper Corners Mnuchin: Wouldn't You Find it Inappropriate if Obama Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump's Kids?
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin found himself in a rhetorical trap of his own making on Sunday when CNN's Jake Tapper cornered the treasury chief as he defended President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.During his appearance on State of the Union, Mnuchin immediately deflected when pressed by Tapper as to whether or not it was common for presidents to push foreign leaders to investigate their political rivals, pivoting instead to Biden's claim he hasn't spoken to his son about his business dealings."I haven't heard that and I think you're speculating on what the president said," the Trump official said. "I would say these are confidential discussions between two foreign leaders but I think the bigger issue is Biden came out this weekend saying he never had any discussions with his son. His son came out and said he had had business discussions with his father so I think that the real issue is not what the president said, but what, indeed, did Biden's son do."Trump Whistleblower Saga Threatens to Blow Up 2020 CampaignMnuchin went on to repeatedly dismiss the reports on the president's pressure campaign to get Ukraine to look into his political opponent as "speculation," while at the same time saying it was a "terrible precedent" for Congress to be able to look at the whistleblower complaint because "conversations be

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Sep 22, 2019

How GM's profit sharing offer to UAW workers missed the mark
GM and the UAW are in day 7 of the strike. They continue to negotiate. One area where the union says GM fell flat is with its profit sharing offer.

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Sep 22, 2019

3 dead, 4 hospitalized after event in Pittsburgh's trendy South Side Flats. All were wearing orange wrist bands
All the victims are wearing orange paper bands on their wrists, police said. Those hospitalized were conditions ranging from critical to serious.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iconic Iowa steak fry draws historic crowd of 12,000 attendees, 17 presidential candidates
Polk County, Iowa, Democrats Chairman Sean Bagniewski said organizers sold more than 12,000 tickets, purchased more than 10,500 steaks.

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Sep 22, 2019

Mike Pompeo puts onus in Ukraine squabble on Biden
Pompeo joined many Trump allies in pivoting the conversation to discrediting the Democratic 2020 front-runner.

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Sep 22, 2019

Thomas Cook customers say Tunisia hotel stopped them leaving
British tourists in Tunisia said their hotel stopped them leaving for several hours on Saturday night over concerns about payment by their holiday operator Thomas Cook, though the Tunisian government said the incident was a misunderstanding. Gary Seale, a guest at the Orangers Hotel in Hammamet, posted on Facebook at 9.39pm: "security have refused to let us out of the hotel and barricaded us in". The incident came amid growing concerns raised by some customers of Thomas Cook, as the company's bosses met lenders and creditors in London in a last-ditch attempt to raise 200 million pounds ($250 million) to keep it afloat.

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Sep 22, 2019

US military apologises for threat to blow up millennials if they stormed Area 51
The US military has apologised for threatening to deploy a stealth bomber on millennials who had been planning to "storm" the Area 51 test base in the Nevada desert. Over the weekend, an estimated 150 people descended on the highly secretive base, about two hours drive from Las Vegas, which has long been a magnet for UFO enthusiasts convinced that it housed aliens from outer space. Thousands had been expected after a student created a Facebook page in June called "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us". The page became a viral sensation with more than three million people expressing an interest in turning up to "see them aliens". On Friday, fearing a mass invasion, the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) - the US military PR arm - posted a picture of service personnel standing by a B-2 stealth bomber alongside the caption: "The last thing Millennials will see if they attempt the area51raid today". In reality, the feared flood of alien-spotters turned out to be little more than a trickle of eccentrics in an eclectic array of costumes who were an irritant rather than a danger to national security. Last night a DVIDSHUB employee posted a Tweet that in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defense. It was inappropriate and we apologize for this mistake.— DVIDSHub (@DVIDSHub) September 21, 2019 Given the festive atmosphere and small crowd, military chiefs soon realised that their stealth bomb threat was a rather excessive response to a bunch of

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Sep 22, 2019

Missing Marine found safe at Texas rest stop
A U.S. Marine thought to have left Arizona for California's Camp Pendleton never arrived, but was found days later at a Texas rest area, unharmed.

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Sep 22, 2019

Canada's Trudeau pledges lower taxes, cellphone costs as blackface scandal hits him in polls
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went on the offensive on Sunday, promising to cut middle-class taxes and slash cellphone costs if re-elected after polls showed he took a significant hit when photos emerged last week of him in blackface. Trudeau has repeatedly apologized for the images, which jarred with his oft-stated position that he wants to improve the lot of minorities in Canada and prompted accusations of hypocrisy. Trudeau announced the proposed cuts to taxes and cellphone bills in the Ontario city of Brampton, where 58% of the population is either South Asian or black.

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Sep 22, 2019

Canada's Trudeau resumes campaign as polls show damage from blackface photo
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returned to the campaign trail on Sunday in his bid for re-election in October as polls showed his ruling Liberals starting to suffer with voters after photos emerged of him in blackface. Trudeau has repeatedly apologized for the photos, which jarred with his oft-stated position that he wants to improve the lot of minorities in Canada and prompted accusations of hypocrisy. Trudeau was headed for the Ontario city of Brampton, where 58% of the population is either south Asian or black.

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Sep 22, 2019

Afghanistan's Taliban meets Chinese government in Beijing
A Taliban delegation met China's special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing on Sunday to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said. The meeting comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's eleventh-hour cancellation earlier this month of the negotiations between his country and the Taliban, which many had hoped would pave the way to a broader peace deal with the Afghan government and ending a 17-year war. The Taliban's nine-member delegation travelled to Beijing and met Deng Xijun, China's special representative for Afghanistan, said Suhail Shaheen, the Afghan group's spokesman in Qatar, on his official Twitter account.

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Sep 22, 2019

Mike Pence takes eight-vehicle motorcade across island where cars have been banned for a century
For more than a century, motorised vehicles have been banned from Mackinac Island in Michigan - giving the former Revolutionary War battle site a unique charm and turning it into a tourist haven.The ban is so strictly enforced that when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975, he and first lady Betty Ford travelled by horse-drawn carriage.

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Sep 22, 2019

Pakistan bus crash kills 26; brakes fail on mountain road
A bus crash in northern Pakistan killed 26 people Sunday after its brakes failed on a winding mountain road, police said. Another 20 passengers were injured when the bus smashed head-on into a dirt embankment, said Abdul Wakil, a local police officer. Such road accidents are common in Pakistan, where motorists largely disregard traffic rules and safety standards on worn-out roads.

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Sep 22, 2019

Trump admits he talked about Biden in call with Ukrainian president about corruption
Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that he raised former vice president Joe Biden in a conversation with Ukraine's leader about corruption, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was forced to insist that the president did not apply pressure on Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival's son.Mr Trump told reporters he spoke to Ukraine's new president after his summer election and said that "we don't want our people, like vice president Biden and his son" contributing to corruption already happening in the Eastern European nation.

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Sep 22, 2019

Delta has an incredible fare sale through Wednesday with flights as low as $97
Regular travelers probably don't associate the idea of sales and low-fares with a carrier like Delta Airlines, which are more in the wheelhouse of a low-cost brand like Southwest that offers up flash fare sales on the regular.Nevertheless, that's exactly what Delta has going at the moment \-- a fare sale with deals that start as low as only $97, though they come with a few important catches.One is that you've only got until September 25, to lock one of these fares in. Just as important to know: These are Delta basic economy fares, a classification that leaves several things to chance. You'll be assigned a seat at check-in, for example, and you'll be stuck in the last boarding group and thus will probably have to gate-check your luggage.If you can be fine with those limitations, though, there are some great deals to be had. In most cases, they're fares that are meant for travel happening sometime between October and February 2020, and the deals include a $97 round-trip offer in basic economy between Atlanta and Nashville; a $99 round-trip offer between Los Angeles and San Diego; a $117 offer between Austin and Cincinnatti; and a $127 offer between Seattle and San Jose.The full list of routes and discounted fares offered can be found on Delta's sale website. Of course, just because a fare that's discounted here looks pretty low doesn't mean you won't find a comparable offer elsewhere -- one that may also have some of the perks like earlier boarding that you're denied through this De

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Sep 22, 2019

Enter the Arena, Democrats. Teddy Roosevelt Was Right.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In April 1910, former president Theodore Roosevelt spoke before a large audience in Paris. "The poorest way to face life," he said, "is with a sneer."These days, too many Democrats are sneering — not only at President Donald Trump, but also at one another. From the left, many progressives are describing former Vice President Joe Biden as out of touch, old, too conservative, maybe even a bit racist. From the center, many Democrats are describing Senator Elizabeth Warren as unelectable, unlikable, unrealistic, disconnected from the values and beliefs of ordinary Americans.That's a shame for many reasons, but one in particular is that it threatens to put Democrats in a position akin to that of Trump-era Republicans. A recurring question, mostly faced by Republicans in the age of Trump, is whether to work for a party nominee or an elected official with whom they have intense disagreements. Over the last two years, many Republicans have declined to join the Trump administration, others have been criticized for doing so, and some have been, and now are, torn about whether to resign.  No Democrat is saying "Never Biden" or "Never Warren," at least not yet. But many have said contemptuous things about Biden, Warren and other contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination that could signal reluctance to serve in the wrong kind of Democratic administration.Roosevelt had the best response to that impulse on that April day in Paris, and lurid though his language may have been, the sentiment remains as fresh as ever:It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs

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Sep 22, 2019

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Sep 22, 2019

UN agency: Tanzania not sharing details on Ebola-like cases
The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement Saturday says Tanzania's government "despite several requests" is refusing to share the results of its investigations into a number of patients with Ebola-like symptoms and is refusing to ship patient samples to an outside WHO partner lab. Tanzania's government, which has said it has no Ebola cases, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.

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Sep 22, 2019

I've been switching between Apple's new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro — here are the best and worst things about using them so far (AAPL)
Apple's iPhone 11 and 11 Pro were released on September 20. Here's a closer look at what it's been like to use them, from the camera to battery life.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iran's president warns America to 'stay away' as it unveils long range missiles that could strike US bases
Iran's president has warned American and other foreign forces to "stay away" from the region, as Tehran paraded long-range missile capable of reaching American bases.  Hassan Rouhani said the presence of such troops in the Gulf has always brought "pain and misery", in a speech made at an annual military parade to commemorate the war with Iraq. Mr Rouhani spoke in response to an announcement made by the US on Friday that it was sending more troops to Saudi Arabia after an attack on Saudi oil facilities both nations blame on Iran. "Wherever the Americans or our enemies have gone, there has been insecurity afterward," the Iranian president said. "The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be." At the parade, the Islamic republic displayed the Khordad-3 air defence system that shot down a US drone in June. It also showcased the long-range, surface-to-air Bavar 373 missile that can travel more than 1,250 miles, bringing it in range of US bases in the region and arch-foe Israel. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran Credit: Wana News Agency  Saudi Arabia and the US accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on September 14, the biggest such assault on the world's top oil exporter. Iran denies involvement in the attack, which was claimed by Yemen's Houthi movement, a group aligned with Iran and currently fighting

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Sep 22, 2019

Albania inspects quake damages, sees over 100 aftershocks
Many residents in Albania's capital of Tirana and the port city of Durres have not gone back to their homes after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake injured 105 people and damaged hundreds of buildings. Authorities say the Saturday afternoon quake was followed by more than 100 aftershocks. It also damaged about 600 homes and temporarily knocked out power and water facilities in Tirana, Durres and some other western and central districts.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf
President Hassan Rouhani also promised to unveil a regional peace plan.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iran may release British-flagged tanker within hours, Swedish owner says: SVT
Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Iran on July 19, may be released within hours, the head of the Swedish firm that owns the vessel said on Sunday. The Stena Impero was detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations, two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. Swedish public broadcaster SVT quoted Stena Bulk Chief Executive Erik Hanell as saying: "We have received information now this morning that it seems like they will release the ship Stena Impero within a few hours.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iranian maritime official says UK tanker Stena Impero to be released soon: Fars news
Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Iran on July 19, will be released soon, an Iranian maritime official said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. The Stena Impero was detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations, two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. "After the issuing of the ruling for the end of detention of the English tanker Stena Impero this vessel will soon, and after the passing of 65 days, begin its movement from the port of Bandar Abbas toward international waters," said Allahmorad Afifipour, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran in Hormozgan Province.

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Sep 22, 2019

Elizabeth Warren overtakes Joe Biden in new Iowa poll
* Massachusetts senator takes support from Bernie Sanders * Booker will exit race if $1.7m not raised by end of monthElizabeth Warren greets guests at the Polk county steak fry in Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesElizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in Iowa for the first time, according to a new poll in the early voting state.The survey carried out by the Des Moines Register, Mediacom and CNN puts the Massachusetts senator at 22% with likely caucus-goers, to the former vice-president's 20%.They are well clear of the sprawling Democratic field. Vermont senator Bernie Sanders placed third, with 11%, ahead of South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg on 9% and California senator Kamala Harris on 6%.New Jersey senator Cory Booker, who said on Saturday he would drop out of the race if a fundraising target is not met, was next with 3%, tied with the Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar.Harris said this week that she will go all-in on Iowa, aiming for a top-three finish.Biden still leads the realclearpolitics.com national polling average, on 30% to Warren on 19% and Sanders on 16%. Buttigieg and Harris, on 6%, are the only other candidates with more than 3% support.Most of the Democratic field is in Iowa this weekend, on Saturday for the Polk County Steak Fry and a People's Forum. On Friday night, many of the candidates addressed an LGBTQ Presidential Forum.The shadow of Donald Trump was never far away. At the Steak Fry, Warren called for the impeachment of the president and told the crowd: "I know what's broken, I kn

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Sep 22, 2019

Biden: I never talked to son Hunter about overseas business dealings
Joe Biden has been in a back and forth with President Trump over a reported whistleblower complaint as well as his son's business dealings in Ukraine.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iran asks West to leave Persian Gulf as tensions heightened
Iran's president called Sunday on Western powers to leave the security of the Persian Gulf to regional nations led by Tehran, criticizing a new U.S.-led coalition patrolling the region's waterways as nationwide parades showcased the Islamic Republic's military arsenal. President Hassan Rouhani separately promised to unveil a regional peace plan at this week's upcoming high-level meetings at the United Nations, which comes amid heightened Mideast tensions following a series of attacks, including a missile-and-drone assault on Saudi Arabia's oil industry. The U.S. alleges Iran carried out the Sept. 14 attack on the world's largest oil processor in the kingdom and an oil field, which caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the 1991 Gulf War.

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Sep 22, 2019

The US government warns people against using conditioner after a nuclear explosion. It could trap radiation in your hair.
Shampoo can be a life-saving tool in the case of a nuclear blast, but conditioner could become a dangerous agent in the wake of an explosion.

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Sep 22, 2019

Somalia's al Shabaab raid military base, loot weapons
Fighters belonging to Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed an army base near the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, looted it for weapons and then withdrew, a military source, residents and the group told Reuters. The assault began when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the base in El Salini, 60 kilometres (37 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, at around 5:30 am local time, al Shabaab said. A local elder, Ahmed Cali, told Reuters he had been woken by the sound of a huge blast followed by gunfire.

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Sep 22, 2019

Will America's massive debt really doom us?
In Manhattan, a giant clock displays a rising U.S. debt total — almost $23 trillion for now. Pundits say it's big trouble. But is it?

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Sep 22, 2019

Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star
Pete Buttigieg's husband is now headlining fundraisers solo, helping power the mayor's 2020 campaign as he focuses on Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Sep 22, 2019

More Fracking, or More War?
Here is a news lead that begins with a bang and ends with a whimper: "The strike on the heartland of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, including damage to the world's biggest petroleum-processing facility, has driven oil prices to their highest level in" — here, Reuters should have used some ellipses of irony — "nearly four months."Four months!If the United States declines to go to war against Iran on behalf of Saudi Arabia, our increasingly troublesome client state, one of the reasons for that happy development will be: because we do not need to. It is no longer the case that the world sneezes when the Saudis catch a cold. U.S. interests and Saudi interests remain aligned, broadly, but they are severable.The high-tech method of mining shale formations for oil and gas colloquially known as "fracking" — though hydraulic fracturing is only a part of it — has been a game-changer for more than one game. While countries such as Germany set headline-grabbing, politics-driven carbon-reduction targets only to woefully fail to achieve them (it is very difficult to greenwash 170 million tons of brown coal), the United States has been relatively successful on that front, reducing energy-related carbon emissions by 14 percent from 2005 to 2017, thanks to natural gas; put another way, fracking has helped the United States to what climate activists ought to consider one of its greatest environmental victories.When the United States intensified its attention to the Middle East in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the country was heavily dependent on petroleum imports. Today, the United States is the world'

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Sep 22, 2019

The Latest: Hong Kong protesters trample Chinese flag
Protesters in Hong Kong have trampled a Chinese flag, vandalized a subway station and set a fire across a wide street, as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again. Sunday's action began peacefully, as protesters filled a shopping mall and, in a new twist, folded paper "origami" cranes that they tied onto a large rigging that they assembled in the mall in the Shatin district. Some put a Chinese flag on the floor and took turns running over it, before defacing it and putting it in a dumpster outside, which they then pushed into a nearby river.

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Sep 22, 2019

Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight
A Rohingya couple was shot dead during a gunfight in a border town camp hours after they were detained by Bangladesh police, officials said Sunday, the latest killings amid growing tensions between the refugees and authorities. Police in Teknaf town said the refugee couple -- Dil Mohammad, 32, and his 26-year-old wife Jaheda Begum -- were members of a Rohingya "bandit group". Authorities claim the gang killed a local ruling party official, Omar Faruk, in a refugee settlement in southeastern Bangladesh last month.

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Sep 22, 2019

Israel set for crucial talks on who should be next PM
Israel was set for crucial discussions Sunday on who should try to form the next government as last week's deadlocked election threatened Benjamin Netanyahu's long reign as prime minister. President Reuven Rivlin was to hold separate meetings with all the political parties voted into the latest parliament, to hear their recommendations on who should be the premier. It was far from certain that whoever gets the task will succeed in cobbling together a coalition, and there have been repeated calls for a unity government to overcome the impasse.

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Sep 22, 2019

Iran Might Need a Nuclear Weapon to Sink an Aircraft Carrier
5 reasons killing these warships would not be easy in a war.

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Sep 22, 2019

Flooding downpours, locally severe storms to threaten parched southwestern US this week
An increase in downpours across the southwestern United States early this week will be beneficial for the ongoing drought but could pose the risk for flash flooding.Drought conditions have grown considerably across the Southwest over the past few months due to a lackluster monsoon season. While Arizona was free of drought during the middle of June, over 85 percent of the state has succumbed to moderate to severe drought, according to the latest outlook by the U.S. Drought Monitor.While the upcoming rainfall will go a long way in helping to ease the dry conditions, AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned the rain may trigger flash flooding and debris flows in the arid terrain. Arizona looks to be the main target for widespread showers and thunderstorms, as well as flash flooding concerns from Monday into Tuesday, with lesser impacts on surrounding areas, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and western U.S. blogger Brian Thompson.A potent storm system in the upper levels of the atmosphere will dive southward across the West into Tuesday. At the same time, tropical moisture will surge northward from the eastern Pacific Ocean.These two factors will combine to generate the widespread downpours.An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 6 inches is forecast in Arizona during this event."While the rainfall is needed, if the rain comes in bursts from heavier thunderstorms, flash flooding will be a big concern, especially in mountainous and urban areas like P

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Sep 22, 2019

How to Unlock Your Phone From Any Major Carrier
If you're looking to save money, shopping for a new cell-phone plan is a great way to do it. As I discovered not long ago, it can trim $1,000 a year from your budget. But before you sign up for a...

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Sep 22, 2019

Number One Priority: The Pentagon Is Doubling-Down on Hypersonic Missiles
An important weapon of the future.

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Sep 22, 2019

Are We Overestimating How Much Trees Will Help Fight Climate Change?
Collart Hervé/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.By Jan Ellen Spiegel BOB MARRA navigated his way to the back of a dusty barn in Hamden, Connecticut, belonging to the state's Agricultural Experiment Station. There, past piles of empty beehives, on a wall of metal shelves, were stacks of wooden disks — all that remains of 39 trees taken down in 2014 from Great Mountain Forest in the northwest corner of the state.These cross-sections of tree trunks, known as stem disks — or more informally as cookies — are telling a potentially worrisome tale about the ability of forests to be critical hedges against accelerating climate change. As anyone following the fires burning in the Amazon rainforest knows by now, trees play an important role in helping to offset global warming by storing carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide — a major contributor to rising temperatures — in their wood, leaves, and roots. The worldwide level of CO2 is currently averaging more than 400 parts per million — the highest amount by far in the last 800,000 years.But Marra, a forest pathologist at the Experiment Station with a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Cornell University, has documented from studying his fallen trees that internal decay has the capacity to significantly reduce the amount of carbon stored within.His research, published in Environmental Research Letters late last year and funded by the National Science

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