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WTO allows U.S. to hit EU with tariffs over Airbus subsidies

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 09:51

The ruling ends a decades-long dispute.


Teenager sues vaping company Juul after being left with 'lungs like a 70-year-old's’

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 08:06

A teenager who says vaping gave him lungs “like a 70-year-old” is suing a leading e-cigarettes company.Adam Hergenreder, an 18-year-old from Illinois, has accused Juul of marketing e-cigarettes to young people with the message that vaping could boost their social status


Are unregulated THC cartridges the real culprit of vaping-related lung illness?

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 07:28

Smart Approaches to Marijuana senior policy adviser Luke Niforatos reacts to the rising of vaping.


Iran inks deal to develop gas field in tense Gulf

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:47

Two Iranian companies signed a $440 million agreement Saturday to develop a gas field in the sensitive Gulf, with the oil ministry saying it showed arch-foe the United States could not stop the country with sanctions. Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the deal reached between two government-owned firms, Pars Oil and Gas Company and PetroPars, to develop the Balal field would be the first of many. Tensions have soared in the Gulf since last year when the US began reimposing sanctions on Iran after unilaterally withdrawing from a 2015 deal that put curbs on its nuclear programme.


India sets up fund to complete stalled housing projects

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:33

India on Saturday announced a series of measures to revive the housing sector and boost exports as the government tries to kick-start an economy hit by a lending crisis and a slowdown in demand. A fund worth 100 billion rupees ($1.41 billion) will be available to complete unfinished affordable and middle income housing projects, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. An equal amount of funding will come from the private sector or from a government insurance company, she added.


'You want to wrestle?': Biden offers to prove his health after questions from reporters

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 06:31

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has attempted to brush off concerns about his age and health by asking a reporter who had questioned if he would release his medical records: “you want to wrestle?”The 76-year-old former US vice-president pledged to provide evidence of his fitness for leadership.


Taiwan Needs New Submarines To Stop a Possible Future Invasion by China

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 05:35

But can Taipei really build them or buy them abroad?


US blames Iran for attack on Saudi Arabia

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 05:11

America has blamed Iran for the drone strikes on two Saudi Arabian oil installations including the world’s largest processing facility.  The attacks on the Abqaiq plant and Khurais oilfield were said to have cut the kingdom’s output in half.  Yemen's Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, had claimed responsibility, with a spokesman saying: "The only option for the Saudi government is to stop attacking us." The Abqaiq plant is said to be the largest crude oil processing facility in the world  Credit: Reuters The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen immediately responded with two airstrikes in the country’s northern Saada province, a Houthi stronghold. But later on Saturday Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said there was "no evidence" the attacks came from Yemen and instead pointed the finger directly at Iran.  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  Credit: REUTERS "Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply," Mr Pompeo tweeted.  He added: "We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks." It marks a further escalation further escalation in the years-long conflict seen as a proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran.  Online videos showed large fires and plumes of smoke at Abqaiq – which processes a significant share of the world’s oil supply.  The kingdom later appeared to be playing down the impact, saying blazes had been brought under control and maintaining official silence on the extent of the damage.  State television said exports were continuing. But sources said the attacks had significantly disrupted operations in the world’s largest oil exporter.  One said they had shut down some five million barrels a day of crude production – almost half the kingdom’s output and roughly five per cent of that of the world.  It is unclear how long the shutdown will last, but anything but the briefest disruption could have a serious impact on global energy supplies and prices.  The attacks on the two facilities also come as state oil giant Saudi Aramco prepares for an initial public offering, part of an attempt by Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman to reduce the country's economic reliance on the commodity. About | Human rights in Saudi Arabia The Abqaiq plant processes sour crude oil into sweet crude and transports it onto shipment points on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. Estimates suggest it can process up to 7 million barrels of crude oil a day - equating to almost nine percent of the world's average daily production this year. It is not the first time it has been targeted by militants: in 2006, Al-Qaida claimed a failed suicide bomb attack on the complex.  The Khurais oil field is the country's second largest and is believed to produce more than 1 million barrels of crude oil a day - 1.25 percent of the 2019 global supply.  Previous Houthi strikes against Saudi facilities - on Shaybah oilfield last month and two oil pumping stations in May - caused fires but did not disrupt production.  More than 90,000 people have died in Yemen's war and resulting famine, which began after the Houthi Shia rebels ousted the internationally-recognised government.  Saudi Arabia, as well as other Gulf Arab nations, the UN and the West, say Iran is backing the Houthis with weapons and logistical support, a charge Tehran denies. The Houthis insist they are not Iranian puppets and are instead fighting a corrupt regime.  The Saudi-led coalition has been accused by UN investigators and human rights groups of violations that could amount to war crimes.


Turkey orders arrest of 223 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: state media

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 02:49

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 223 serving military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attempted coup in 2016, state media said on Saturday. Authorities are seeking the suspects across 49 provinces in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus, state broadcaster TRT Haber said.


Second British-Australian woman jailed in Iran identified as Middle East researcher Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Top Stories - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 00:56

A British-Australian woman who has been sentenced to 10 years in a notorious Iranian prison has been identified as Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge-educated academic specialising in Middle Eastern politics.  Dr Moore-Gilbert, who was working as a lecturer and researcher for Melbourne University's Asia Institute and has published work on authoritarian governance and activism in the Middle East, was jailed in October 2018. However, her detention had not been reported in case it harmed the prospects of her release.  On Saturday, the Australian government confirmed Dr Moore-Gilbert was being held in prison in Iran. A statement from the family of Dr Moore-Gilbert, who is incarcerated in Evin prison, said they were in close contact with Australian authorities on the matter.  "Our family thanks the Government and the University of Melbourne for their ongoing support at this distressing and sensitive time. "We believe that the best chance of securing Kylie's safe return is through diplomatic channels." It is not known what Dr Moore-Gilbert was charged with, but 10-year terms are routinely given in Iran for spying. She is one of two British-Australian women whose detentions in Iran have come to light in the past week. Jolie King with her partner Mark Firkin Jolie King, a travel blogger, and her Australian fiancé Mark Firkin were arrested near a military site in Jajrood near Tehran on August 9, it was revealed on Thursday. They had reportedly been using a drone to film aerial footage in the area.  They too have been sent to Evin prison, the main detention centre for Iran's political prisoners, which also houses 41-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian mother of one who is midway through a five-year sentence on spying charges. Tehran has pursued a campaign of detaining Iranian and dual nationality academics in recent years, raising fears the Islamic Republic is using them as diplomatic leverage. The Australian government has said it is lobbying Tehran to ensure all three are appropriately looked after. Iran is believed to be holding the trio captive in the hope of exchanging one of them for an Iranian imprisoned in the US on charges of evading American sanctions. Tensions between Britain and Iran escalated dramatically after it emerged the women were being held in the first recent case of Tehran arresting British citizens who do not also hold Iranian nationality.  Sources said Tehran sees the women as bargaining chips to secure the release of Negar Ghodskani, a 40-year-old Iranian woman facing jail in the US after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to export prohibited technology to Iran.  Ghodskani was arrested in Australia in 2017 at the request of US government and gave birth to a baby boy while in custody in Adelaide. She was extradited to the US and now faces five years in federal prison.   Negar Ghodskani Credit: AP While Iran has not commented publicly on any of the arrests, in April the country's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, proposed swapping Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe for Ms Ghodskani.   According to the University of Melbourne's website, Dr Moore-Gilbert "specialises in Middle Eastern politics, with a particular focus on the Arab Gulf states," and has published work on the 2011 Arab uprisings, authoritarian governance, and on the role of new media technologies in political activism. In 2018 she was awarded a grant to investigate "Iran’s relationship with Bahrain’s Shi’a after the Arab Uprisings". Dr Moore-Gilbert's LinkedIn profile shows her first degree came in Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge, where she also completed her Master of Arts. Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she has raised the cases of the three prisoners "many times" with Mr Zarif, and denied the arrests were politically motivated. "We have no reason to think that these arrests are connected to international concern over Iran's nuclear programme, United Nations sanction enforcement or maritime security concerning the safety of civilian shipping," Senator Payne said. What appears to be the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 off the coast of Tartus, Syria, Credit: Reuters News of the three prisoners has come amid a downturn in relations between Britain and Iran, sparked by issues including the Royal Marines' seizure near Gibraltar in July of an Iranian oil tanker, the Grace I. Iran responded by seizing British-flagged oil tanker the Stena Impero. While Britain released the Iranian tanker, the Stena Impero is still being held.  Australia also said in July that it would join the US and the UK in protecting shipping in the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian threats. Relations between Tehran and the West, especially the United States, have deteriorated significantly since the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions, prompting Iran to ramp up restricted enrichment.


U.S. Navy Asserts Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 23:20

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Navy has asserted that the recent passage of its guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer in waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea is consistent with its stance on international law that allows freedom of navigation, according to a statement Saturday.“China, Taiwan, and Vietnam each claim sovereignty over the Paracel Islands,“ the U.S. Navy said. “The unilateral imposition of any authorization or notification requirement for innocent passage is not permitted by international law, so the United States challenged these requirements.”The comments were in response to an earlier statement issued by the People’s Liberation Army Daily stating that the U.S. vessel had entered Chinese waters surrounding the islands and had ignored China’s objection to the move.The latest development comes as Vietnam is pushing back harder against China’s efforts to isolate it diplomatically on a territorial dispute in an energy-rich part of the South China Sea.To contact the reporter on this story: Marcus Wong in Singapore at mwong547@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Andreea Papuc, Stanley JamesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Video shows a Model 3 automatically apply the brakes to avoid hitting a cop who ran a red light

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 23:07

Tesla's automated emergency braking (AEB) system, which was first introduced in 2017, has improved markedly in a relatively short amount of time. Just a few weeks ago, for example, Tesla demonstrated its next-gen AEB system which can more ably apply the brakes when a pedestrian or cyclist is detected. With that said, we recently stumbled across a new video which shows a Tesla Model 3 abruptly hit the brakes when a police officer on a motorcycle runs a red light and turns left into oncoming traffic. The officer was presumably chasing someone but his sirens were off at the time. As you can see in the video below, the Model 3 owner begins to accelerate at a green light and doesn't see the police officer swooping in from the right-hand side. Luckily, the Model 3 detected the officer and swiftly applied the brakes. https://youtu.be/SZdRTVfRi48 Describing the incident, the Model 3 owner posted the following on his YouTube channel. > Happened this morning; I was rolling about my way when the light turns green, and out of nowhere a cop without their audio on for their sirens runs a red light. If not for Tesla's emergency stop safety features this would not have been a good day. Thank you Tesla and ElonMusk for making the Model3 the safest car ever or I might've scarred myself for life with a horrible accident.Another angle of the incident can be seen below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3D3pzSWVjc&t=46s Of course, this is hardly the first time we've seen a Tesla take evasive action and avoid a potentially serious collision. In the video below, a Tesla that was rear ended quickly swerves to the left to avoid the car directly ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=QVdTAwU07Jc


Former Idaho governor candidate under investigation in 1984 slaying

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:42

Steve Pankey, a former candidate for Idaho governor, recently revealed he is under investigation in the 1984 slaying of a Colorado girl.


Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad hasn’t even been released yet, but you can already save $30

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:05

Well what do we have here, bargain hunters? There was a time not too long ago when Apple products almost never went on sale, let alone brand new Apple products. Those days are long gone, thankfully, and we've got a fantastic deal to share with you today on an Apple product so new that it hasn't even been released yet. Head over to Amazon and you'll find the new 7th-Generation Apple iPad with 128GB of storage on sale for $399.99, a healthy $30 discount from the $430 you'll pay if you preorder it from Apple. There's no telling how long this discount will be available though, so hurry up!Here are some highlights from the product page: * 10.2-inch Retina display * A10 Fusion chip * Touch ID fingerprint sensor * 8MP back camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera * Stereo speakers


Kamala Harris laughs when Biden tells her she can't ban guns with an executive order

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 21:32

Dan Bongino wraps up a wild week in news with News Explosion on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'


Pope's visit to Thailand will also be a family reunion

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 21:29

Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a connection that makes the occasion particularly special. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Thailand on Nov. 20 for a four-day visit, the first leg of an Asia trip that will also take him to Japan, Catholic officials announced Friday. Originally from Buenos Aires in Argentina, Sister Ana Rosa came to Thailand in 1966 and has worked as a missionary in several parts of the country.


Schiff accuses top intel official of illegally withholding 'urgent' whistleblower complaint

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 20:12

Schiff accused acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire of taking extraordinary steps to withhold the complaint from Congress.


DOJ cites Dems' mixed-up impeachment messages to undercut House probe

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 19:31

The filing comes a day after the committee approved a set of technical procedures for its impeachment investigation.


Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey as Kennedy mulls Senate run

Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 19:24

Bringing her political star power to races for Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday endorsed Democratic Sen. Ed Markey for re-election in Massachusetts as he faces a potential primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Ocasio-Cortez said in a video released by Markey's campaign that she's backing the Democratic incumbent as one of the Senate's "strongest progressives" and her partner on the Green New Deal climate change proposal.


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