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Major 7.7 magnitude quake hits Caribbean off Jamaica: USGS »
28 Jan 2020, 20:28

Major 7.7 magnitude quake hits Caribbean off Jamaica: USGSA major 7.7 magnitude quake struck Tuesday in the Caribbean northwest of Jamaica, the US Geological Survey reported, raising the risk of tsunami waves in the region. The US agency said the quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), at 1910 GMT -- 125 kilometers northwest of Lucea, Jamaica.


Canada's Chinese community faces racist abuse in wake of coronavirus »
28 Jan 2020, 18:51

Canada's Chinese community faces racist abuse in wake of coronavirusCountry has seen just three confirmed cases of the virus but panic is already spreading, causing an uptick in racist incidentsWhen Toronto resident Terri Chu tweeted that she and other Chinese mothers feared the “inevitable wave of racism” that would accompany the spread of coronavirus around the world, she didn’t realize how visceral the reactions would be.“My Twitter has just exploded with vitriol since this morning,” she said on Tuesday. “But it’s just par for the course, growing up as a minority when you’re not part of a dominant class.”Canada has so far seen three confirmed cases of the virus, which originated in China, but members of the country’s Chinese community have already become the target of racism.What is the virus causing illness in Wuhan?It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals, or possibly seafood. New and troubling viruses usually originate in animal hosts. Ebola and flu are examples.What other coronaviruses have there been?Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers) are both caused by coronaviruses that came from animals.What are the symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus?The virus causes pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. If people are admitted to hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died are known to have been already in poor health.Is the virus being transmitted from one person to another?Human to human transmission has been confirmed by China’s national health commission. As of 27 January, the Chinese authorities had acknowledged more than 2,700 cases and 56 deaths. In the past week, the number of confirmed infections has more than tripled and cases have been found in 13 provinces, as well as the municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin. The virus has also been confirmed outside China, in Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam. There have not been any confirmed cases in the UK at present, with the more than 70 people tested for the virus all proving negative. The actual number to have contracted the virus could be far higher as people with mild symptoms may not have been detected. Modelling by WHO experts at Imperial College London suggests there could be as many as 100,000 cases, with uncertainty putting the margins between 30,000 and 200,000.How worried are the experts?There were fears that the coronavirus might spread more widely during the week-long lunar new year holidays, which start on 24 January, when millions of Chinese travel home to celebrate, but the festivities have largely been cancelled and Wuhan and other Chinese cities are in lockdown.At what point should you go to the doctor if you have a cough, say?Unless you have recently travelled to China or been in contact with someone infected with the virus, then you should treat any cough or cold symptoms as normal. The NHS advises that there is generally no need to visit a doctor for a cough unless it is persistent or you are having other symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing or you feel very unwell.Should we panic?No. The spread of the virus outside China is worrying but not an unexpected development. It increases the likelihood that the World Health Organization will declare the outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern on Thursday evening. The key concerns are how transmissible this new coronavirus is between people and what proportion become severely ill and end up in hospital.Sarah Boseley Health editor and Hannah Devlin The country saw a similar wave of xenophobia during 2003 Sars outbreak, which also started in China.During that panic, many Chinese-run businesses in Canada took steep losses as fear overrode public health advice: Toronto lost an estimated C$1bn as residents and tourists avoided the city, especially areas with a high concentration of Chinese businesses.The irrational public worry that paralyzed much of the city seems to be returning, said Amy Go, the interim president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice.“I was hopeful it wasn’t going to be like 2003. But it’s is. It’s happening now and it’s just going to be amplified [by social media].”When a popular Toronto blog, reviewed a new Chinese restaurant on Instagram on Monday, the post quickly received a torrent of racist comments.And nearly 9,000 parents in the York school district – an area north of Toronto – signed a petition demanding students who had traveled to China in the last 17 days be prevented from attending school.“This has to stop. Stop eating wild animals and then infecting everyone around you,” wrote one petition signer. “Stop the spread and quarantine yourselves or go back.”On Monday, the board – which represents 208 schools – condemned the petition amid fears students will be targeted based on their ethnicity.“We are aware of an escalated level of concern and anxiety among families of Chinese heritage,” wrote York board chair Juanita Nathan and education director Louise Sirisko. “Individuals who make assumptions, even with positive intentions of safety, about the risk of others, request or demand quarantine can be seen as demonstrating bias and racism.”Chu said fears about the coronavirus were disproportionate.“Air pollution and the proliferation of STDs are far greater public health risk to my kids than the coronavirus right now – it’s being completely blown out of proportion,” she said. The total death toll of Sars in Canada was 44, she said. “Last year in Toronto, 41 people got hit by cars.”Racist responses have also been seen in other countries with Chinese diaspora communities. In Australia, Queensland MP Duncan Pegg warned residents of false health bulletins circulating online that stoked fear of communities with high proportions Asian residents.But Go also said that the reactions in Canada – which includes some of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world – expose a current of everyday racism which is always present.“Two or three months from now, the coronavirus will likely be gone. But this is not just a public health issue. This is an issue of racism in Canada. “The best thing to come from this – the best impact – would be people collectively learning that we can do better.”


Kobe Bryant helicopter video emerges showing ill-fated flight minutes before crash »
28 Jan 2020, 18:43

Kobe Bryant helicopter video emerges showing ill-fated flight minutes before crashA video that appears to show Kobe Bryant’s helicopter circling over California roughly 15 minutes before the fatal crash has been posted online, illustrating the foggy conditions faced by the chopper on its last flight.In the video, which was posted by a user on Twitter who said they live in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale — where Bryant’s flight circled for roughly 10 minutes on Sunday awaiting instruction, according to flight records — the helicopter can be seen moving slowly in the sky above, obscured by the early morning fog.


Indiana woman appealing conviction in fatal school bus crash »
28 Jan 2020, 17:58

Indiana woman appealing conviction in fatal school bus crashAn Indiana woman convicted in a crash that killed three children who were crossing a highway to board a school bus is appealing her conviction, contending that the tragedy was “just an accident and not a crime," her attorney said Tuesday. A notice of appeal was filed Jan. 17 with the Indiana Court of Appeals on behalf of Alyssa Shepherd, 25, of Rochester. Stacy Uliana, the attorney representing Shepherd, said a brief that will include the arguments in her client's appeal will not be filed for months.


Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments »
28 Jan 2020, 17:54

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, paymentsA Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. Lieber was arrested early Tuesday at his office at the Ivy League university, officials said.


Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death camp »
28 Jan 2020, 17:43

Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death campHundreds of newly discovered photographs, including some taken at the Sobibor death camp, represent a "quantum leap" in research into Nazi crimes against humanity, historians at the Berlin museum Topography of Terror said Tuesday. Historians said the "exceptional collection" provided unprecedented insights into the Sobibor camp in German Nazi-occupied Poland, about which little is known even 75 years after the end of World War II. The trove, consisting of 361 black-and-white photos and several written documents, also includes photos believed to show convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, who denied ever being at Sobibor.


Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly: 'I believe John Bolton' »
28 Jan 2020, 17:41

Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly: 'I believe John Bolton'Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has another ex-Trump official on his side.Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke to a crowd in Sarasota, Florida, on Monday, where he was asked about Bolton's forthcoming book that reportedly says Trump spoke to Bolton about a Ukraine quid pro quo. "If John Bolton says that in the book, I believe John Bolton," Kelly said, per the Sarasota Herald Tribune.Kelly, a retired general, left the Trump administration more than a year ago, but a good chunk of his tenure overlapped with Bolton's. A Sunday New York Times report describes how Bolton's memoir reportedly describes how Trump told Bolton he wanted to withhold Ukraine's security aid until the country agreed to investigate his Democratic rivals.Kelly said if the reporting was true, he believed Bolton. "Every single time I was with him ... he always gave the president the unvarnished truth," Kelly said of Bolton, calling him an "honest guy." Kelly then said "half of Americans think this process is purely political and shouldn't be happening, but since it is happening," Americans should "hear the whole story." "If there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt ... I think they should be heard," Kelly continued, per the Sarasota Herald Tribune.More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi It's 2020 and women are exhausted Trump celebrates Pompeo's berating of an NPR reporter: 'You did a good job on her'


Judge frees NFL star Antonio Brown from house arrest »
28 Jan 2020, 16:13

Judge frees NFL star Antonio Brown from house arrestA Florida judge freed NFL free agent Antonio Brown from house arrest Tuesday, allowing him to travel freely as he awaits trial on charges that he attacked the driver of a moving truck. Instead of wearing an ankle GPS monitor, Brown, 31, will have to check in with court personnel daily. Brown was one of the NFL's top wide receivers during his nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squad »
28 Jan 2020, 15:58

Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squadThe masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes -- proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province. Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law -- known as Sharia.


Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made 'persuasive' argument against obstruction article »
28 Jan 2020, 15:34

Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made 'persuasive' argument against obstruction articleSen. Doug Jones said he found the president's counsel did a good job with the case against convicting Trump of obstruction of justice


Hunter Biden will pay child support to the mother of his child in Arkansas »
28 Jan 2020, 15:22

Hunter Biden will pay child support to the mother of his child in ArkansasHunter Biden has agreed to pay child support to the mother of his child in Arkansas and backpay 13 months of missed installments.


Hostel at North Korean embassy must close, Berlin court rules »
28 Jan 2020, 14:59

Hostel at North Korean embassy must close, Berlin court rulesThe "City Hostel" in Berlin may look fairly innocuous from the outside -- but it now faces closure in an unlikely legal drama over international sanctions against North Korea. The hostel, which opened in 2007 and is run by a Turkish company called EGI, is located on the premises of the North Korean embassy. On Tuesday, an administrative court in Berlin threw out an EGI lawsuit against the district authorities, who had ordered them to cease operations.


Soldier killed, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raid »
28 Jan 2020, 14:36

Soldier killed, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raidA Mexican soldier was killed and a general wounded Monday when traffickers opened fire on a military patrol that sought to intercept a drug plane as it landed on a roadway, officials said.


Italy allows migrant rescue boat to dock after days stranded at sea »
28 Jan 2020, 14:34

Italy allows migrant rescue boat to dock after days stranded at seaA charity ship carrying hundreds of people rescued in the Mediterranean said on Tuesday it had received permission to dock in Italy as European governments tried to agree where the migrants should go. The relocation of rescued migrants is a contentious issue for the European Union, with the influx of newcomers fuelling the rise of anti-immigrant parties in states including Italy. An Italian interior ministry source said Germany and France would take in some of the 403 migrants aboard the Ocean Viking ship, run by the French NGO SOS Méditerranée, with Ireland and Luxembourg also expected to offer help.


Biden-Tied Lobbyist Bought Island Property from Biden’s Brother, Gave Him Mortgage Loan »
28 Jan 2020, 14:28

Biden-Tied Lobbyist Bought Island Property from Biden’s Brother, Gave Him Mortgage LoanFinancial records reviewed by Politico show that Joe Biden's brother James sold one of his three parcels of land in the U.S. Virgin Islands at a substantial profit to a well-connected lobbyist who then extended a mortgage to James on the remaining two parcels.In May 2005, James Biden purchased an acre of land on Water Island for $150,000. He then applied for and received an easement to divide the property into three plots, one of which he sold to lobbyist Scott Green — a decade-long Senate staffer for Joe Biden in the 1980s — for $150,000. James had initially purchased all three parcels for $150,000, meaning that he made his money back and was able to keep the majority of the one acre plot for himself.Green’s lobbying firm, Lafayette Group — which features a photo of Green with Biden on its website and quotes Biden endorsing Green — earned two government contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency worth a total of $5.8 million on April 11, 2010.Three days later, Green extended a $133,300 mortgage to James Biden for his remaining Water Island property. Property records reviewed by Politico show that Green had “received full payment and full satisfaction” and released the mortgage in September 2013.Joe Biden and his family traveled to Water Island several times during his vice presidency, but did not stay on his brother’s or Green’s land, which remains undeveloped.Lafayette Group earned tens of millions of dollars in government contracts during the course of Biden’s time as vice president. During his time in the Senate, Biden also advocated for a number of areas in which Green’s lobbying intersected, including a broadband network for first responders and the non-profit Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.


China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon »
28 Jan 2020, 10:56

China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon(Bloomberg) -- The Chinese Embassy to Denmark wants the newspaper Jyllands-Posten to apologize for publishing a drawing that depicts China’s flag with virus symbols instead of five stars.“We express our strong indignation and demand that Jyllands-Posten and [cartoonist] Niels Bo Bojesen reproach themselves for their mistake and publicly apologize to the Chinese people,” the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.When asked to comment, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen avoided any direct reference to Jyllands-Posten’s cartoon.“I have nothing to say on the matter other than [to note that] we have a very strong tradition in Denmark not just for freedom of speech for also for freedom of satire, and we’ll continue to have that in the future,” she said, according to multiple news media including Politiken. “This is a well known Danish position and we’re not going to change it.”Denmark’s largest newspaper has faced international backlash over its cartoons in the past. In 2005, the paper printed 12 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, which angered many nations in which Islam is the main religion and sparked a diplomatic crisis. Back then, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen also defended freedom of speech and said governments had no place telling newspapers what to write.The Chinese flag was printed in the opinion section of the newspaper’s Monday edition with a caption titled “Corona virus”.Editor-in-Chief Jacob Nybroe said the paper won’t apologize.“We can’t apologize for something we don’t think is wrong,” Nybroe told news agency Ritzau. “We have no intention to demean or mock but we don’t think this drawing is doing that.”(Updates with comment from Denmark’s prime minister)To contact the reporter on this story: Morten Buttler in Copenhagen at mbuttler@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christian Wienberg at cwienberg@bloomberg.net, Tasneem Hanfi BröggerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


The Israeli Army Is Unprepared for a Ground War with Iran and Hezbollah »
28 Jan 2020, 10:53

The Israeli Army Is Unprepared for a Ground War with Iran and HezbollahIf Israel has to go to war tomorrow against Iran or its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, there’s a problem. The Israeli mechanized division that would defend Israel’s northern border, or enter Syria or Lebanon to eject Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, are in bad shape.


Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virus »
28 Jan 2020, 10:18

Chinese villages are cutting themselves off from the world with makeshift brick walls to try to stop outsiders from giving them the Wuhan virusThe Wuhan coronavirus has killed 106 people, infected 4,500, and spread to more than a dozen countries, China's health commission said Tuesday.


Japan confirms virus in man who had not been to China »
28 Jan 2020, 10:13

Japan confirms virus in man who had not been to ChinaJapanese authorities said Tuesday a man with no recent travel to China has contracted the novel strain of coronavirus -- apparently after driving tourists visiting from Wuhan, where a deadly outbreak began. The man in his sixties from Nara in western Japan drove two groups of Wuhan tourists earlier in January and was hospitalised on Saturday with flu-like symptoms, the health ministry said. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the country had confirmed two new cases, bringing the total so far in Japan to six.


Kobe Bryant's high school coach remembers the late NBA legend »
28 Jan 2020, 10:05

Kobe Bryant's high school coach remembers the late NBA legendGregg Downer called Bryant his hero.


Pompeo’s Ukraine Trip Hasn’t Begun, but It’s Already Ugly »
28 Jan 2020, 10:04

Pompeo’s Ukraine Trip Hasn’t Begun, but It’s Already UglyKYIV—When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives here in Ukraine on Friday, he should feel right at home. Never mind his feud with National Public Radio in Washington, verbally abusing one of its correspondents and asking her, among several expletives, “Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?”—meaning they do not.Mike Pompeo Blows Up at NPR Reporter: ‘Do You Think Americans Care About Ukraine?’He will be welcomed in Kyiv because this country desperately needs American aid in a war with Russian-backed separatists that has gone on for almost six years. And many Ukrainians believe Pompeo’s mission will be to squeeze a new declaration out of President Volodymyr Zelensky to the effect that he never felt any pressure from President Trump’s alleged abuse of power last summer, when aid to Ukraine was withheld while Trump and his associates pushed for an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.The visit comes the same week the Senate Republicans are wrapping up their defense of Trump in his impeachment trial. Such a declaration by Zelensky can be used to bolster Trump’s defense in the court of public opinion.Pompeo also will find a warm reception from a segment of society here that believes reporters asking tough questions should be pressured, even prosecuted, for doing their jobs. (Pompeo’s flap with NPR escalated Monday when he barred another of its correspondents from the press entourage that will travel to Ukraine with him.)All this has come to a head because of the way U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was forced out of her post last year, and the repercussions that followed her unimpeachable testimony before the House of Representatives—which contributed to Trump’s impeachment.Rudy Pal Lev Parnas Releases Audio of Trump Calling for Ukraine Ambassador’s FiringYovanovitch was removed precipitously last spring because she was portrayed by Trump cronies as an obstacle to their push for an investigation of the Ukraine business ties of Hunter Biden and the former vice president, who was seen as Trump’s leading political rival. Trump’s withholding of aid to Ukraine while he and his minions pressed for a public announcement of such an investigation—which was never made—is at the heart of the impeachment case against him for abuse of power.Pompeo, who has bent over backward to defend Trump, has said and done nothing publicly to defend Yovanovitch. And the questions posed by NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly that so infuriated Pompeo last week were, precisely, about that failure to stand up for a distinguished State Department professional.Yovanovitch has been a U.S. Foreign Service officer for more than 30 years. Fluent in Russian, she has dealt mainly with former parts of the Soviet Union, and she left a strong positive impression on Ukraine’s civic activists, particularly those fighting corruption.Last spring, Yovanovitch helped to launch Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court and she was well-known for encouraging many major corruption cases. But while Yovanovitch worked on programs supporting Ukraine’s reforms, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, his Ukrainian associate Lev Parnas, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and others conspired against her.As she testified at the House impeachment hearings, “after being asked by the department in early March to extend my tour, to stay on an extra year until 2020, in late April I was then abruptly asked to come back to Washington from Ukraine on the next plane.”Just before that, ironically, Yovanovitch had received Ukraine’s leading corruption fighters at her residence in Kyiv to give a posthumous award to the father of Kateryna Handziuk, a critic of the police who died after acid was poured on her.“The ambassador told us something important and inspiring that night,” Daria Kaleniuk, director of Kyiv-based Anti-Corruption Action Center, told The Daily Beast this week. “She said that ‘courage is contagious.’ I totally agree.”Yet even among Ukraine’s bravest civil groups there is no strong voice advocating publicly for Yovanovitch or speaking against Trump’s dubious helpers working in Ukraine. After revelations in documents released by House Democrats this month suggesting Trump partisans may have put Yovanovitch under surveillance, the Interior Ministry of Ukraine announced an investigation of everybody involved.“Any illegal surveillance of a diplomat breaks the law in Ukraine and is punished with criminal liability,” Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs Anton Herashchenko told The Daily Beast at the time. “We have sent a request to the FBI for additional data. I don’t have information about the response.”Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that starting from Jan. 20, there would be an investigation conducted by joint group formed with members of the Diplomatic Security Service at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.But the announcement hung in the air, a week passed by, and there was no sign indicating such a group existed.Independent observers doubt a Ukrainian police investigation, if it happens, will bring any results. “As we see from the released documents, Interior Minister Avakov had provided bodyguards for Rudy Giuliani’s aide, Lev Parnas,” said Kaleniuk. “I would be surprised to see a fair investigation of this gang’s surveillance,” Kaleniuk said. “Both government officials and ordinary people are afraid of criticizing Trump. What if he wins and stays for the next term? Ukraine is not going to survive long without the United States. There is a war in our country.”   Trump’s supporters in Ukraine, meanwhile, are putting pressure on independent journalists investigating Ukraine’s involvement in the U.S. impeachment scandal. Oleksandr Dubinsky, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, accused Slidstvo.Info, a group funded by European grants, the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, and George Soros foundations, of “investigating” U.S. citizens. Dubinsky is a member  of ruling Servant of the People party. He is famous in Kyiv as one of Giuliani’s helpers. At a recent press conference, he showed the request he had received from Slidstvo.Info asking him to provide his email correspondence with high-profile Americans, recordings of his phone conversations, as well as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram text messages, transcripts of meetings, names of participants, and other documents from the last four years. Among those named: Pompeo, Giuliani, Yovanovitch, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Attorney General William Barr.“So they requested surveillance and access to the information which is protected by law,” Dubinsky declared, implying that the request itself was somehow illicit.Slidstvo.Info co-founder Anna Babinets noted that when journalists request such information they are just doing their job. “We asked him about his correspondence with Giuliani, we have sent similar requests to at least 13 other people for the investigative project about impeachment that we are conducting with the OCCRP, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. If Dubinsky followed our coverage of the impeachment or impeachment hearings, he would have known that such data was often public,” Babinets said. “Dubinsky accuses us of espionage, though we have officially and openly requested information and it was up to Dubinsky to reject our request or cooperate with us,” Babinets said. “Now we are very worried that thanks to Dubinsky, we might be blamed for surveillance on Yovanovitch, which would mean police raids at our office, confiscation of computers, or worse.”  International news analyst Ivan Yakovina told The Daily Beast on Monday that “I believe Pompeo is coming to make President Zelensky swear on camera that there was no pressure on him from Trump, especially now, when there is pressure growing on Trump’s former adviser John Bolton to testify” in the impeachment trial.  Brian Bonner, the editor in chief of the Kyiv Post, agrees that there is no vocal advocate in Ukraine for the Democrats’ arguments in the impeachment case. “There is enough evidence, but Zelensky will never say or do anything to upset Trump, Ukraine will stick to ‘bipartisan support,’” meaning a fear of offending either side. And under the circumstances, as Pompeo certainly knows, that plays to Trump’s advantage.—Christopher Dickey also contributed reporting to this story.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


She Says He Raped Her Over 40 Years Ago. Now He's a Suspected Serial Killer. »
28 Jan 2020, 9:56

She Says He Raped Her Over 40 Years Ago. Now He's a Suspected Serial Killer.When Fran met Bruce Lindahl, he didn’t seem like a monster. Today, more than 40 years later, she considers herself lucky to be alive.She was 15 and Lindahl was in his early twenties when he first invited Fran and her friends over to his apartment in Lisle, Illinois, she recalled to The Daily Beast. He would buy alcohol for the girls and host parties at his place with his live-in girlfriend.He initially seemed like a “wonderful person,” according to Fran, whose last name is being withheld at her request. (The Daily Beast does not name survivors of sexual violence without their consent.) He took her ice skating or to the movies, and even earned the trust of Fran’s mother, who allowed him to be the adult driver in the passenger seat when she only had her learner’s permit. Perhaps most of all, he was charming, she said.Now, police say Lindahl—who has been dead since the 1980s—could easily prove to be a serial killer.Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?On Jan. 13, police detectives in Lisle, a Chicago suburb, announced that thanks to advanced DNA forensics they were able to tie Bruce Lindahl to the murder of Pamela Maurer of Woodridge, who was found strangled on the side of a road in 1976. Mauer, who was just 16 at the time, decided to walk to a nearby store to buy a Coke that night. Police found her body the next morning. Perhaps most disturbing about the latest developments in the case: The lead detective, Chris Loudon, suggested DNA evidence could eventually tie Lindahl to dozens of other victims of violent crimes ranging from rape to murder.“If Bruce wouldn’t have accidentally killed himself, the death toll would have likely been astronomical,” Loudon told The Daily Beast, adding that he would “bet his entire paycheck” Lindahl was responsible for at least nine murders—and may be linked to 12. And with at least 25 tips coming in daily, Loudon said, he believed that number could grow. He and fellow officers have leaned on some of the same techniques that were at least partially responsible for the capture of the suspected Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, in 2018. Through DNA databases from popular services like 23andMe, a composite sketch was created. It bore a striking resemblance to Lindahl.Lindahl often had run-ins with the law, and investigators had suspected him in a number of heinous crimes prior to his death in 1981. He was charged with kidnapping and raping a woman named Debra Colliander in 1980, but the case fell apart when the victim went missing two weeks before she was set to testify. Her body was discovered in 1982.By then, Lindahl was dead, having been found in an apartment in the nearby Chicago suburb of Naperville, draped over 18-year-old Charles Huber. Detectives concluded Lindahl accidentally severed his own femoral artery while stabbing the young man 28 times with a six-inch kitchen knife.But Fran knew Lindahl was capable of wanton brutality and violence before police did.When she was still a teenager, Lindahl invited her over for drinks early one morning, which had become a regular occurrence by then. When Fran arrived, she recalled, he had her favorite—a scotch on the rocks—ready for her. But after just a couple of sips, she said, she dropped the drink, lost control of her motor functions, and went limp.Lindahl proceeded to attack her, she said, stripping her of her clothes, taking photographs of her in various poses, and raping her. She recalled the assault continuing until she grew “very, very sick.”She said she asked Lindahl to take her to a nearby hospital and that he refused, insisting she was OK. Instead, Fran remembered Lindahl going so far as to take some of her friends skiing that same day. She spent the day trying to sleep in the back of his car.Despite the assault, Fran added, she didn’t feel comfortable completely distancing herself from Lindahl, and their relationship—abusive and violent though it was—would continue for a few more years. “When Bruce said jump, I said, ‘How high?’” she said.At the time, and perhaps even today, Fran says, she felt responsible for what happened to her. Although she was just a teenager, she described some sexual encounters with Lindahl that were “consensual” in her mind.She didn’t tell any of her friends or family. Not only did she worry about being believed, she felt that Lindahl would do “something terrible” to her.Fran recalled another night when Lindahl insisted she come over to his place. When she arrived, Lindahl’s girlfriend was sleeping in the next room. He then forced Fran to perform oral sex on him and demanded she sneak out the window when he was finished, she recalled.“I thought if I screamed, he would hurt me,” she said. Fran still remembers the last time she saw Lindahl, too.She was 18 and had taken a job that required her to work the graveyard shift. That meant she almost never saw Lindahl anymore. She thought she had escaped him, or perhaps that he had moved on to other women.Until one morning, when she passed Lindahl’s car on the way home from work. Lindahl must have been waiting for her; he followed her back to her house.She pleaded with Lindahl that she was tired from work and needed sleep, but he ignored her and followed her into the house, she said. When he grabbed the family Polaroid camera and followed her upstairs, she feared the worst.To this day, Fran isn’t entirely sure how she convinced Lindahl to leave that morning. But she was able to coax him out of the house and escape unharmed.Learning of his death was the only way out of being haunted by him.“I was thrilled,” she said, recalling relief washing over her when she saw him on local news.Fran never allowed Lindahl to define her life. She started a family and worked hard; years would go by without her thinking about the man. But she never stopped worrying about Lindahl’s girlfriend, she said.Years after Lindahl died, she thought she ran into her in a Chicago suburb. When Fran asked if she was who she thought she was, the woman denied it and turned white. She was living under a different name than Fran remembered, she said. “I always worried that maybe she didn’t know Bruce was dead,” she said. “That maybe she was living her life in hiding.”Over the years, Fran has grappled with guilt and wondered if she should have spoken up sooner. But when she saw the news of his being tied to so many other grisly crimes, she realized how close she may have come to becoming one of Lindahl’s alleged murder victims herself.She said she doesn’t feel brave or courageous telling her story. But after reading pleas from detectives in media reports, she felt the need to come forward. “I always felt like everything was my fault. I guess I’ve always been that way,” she said. She subsequently reached out to police and was interviewed by Detective Loudon. Still, Fran added, she couldn’t help suspecting that keeping her head down saved her at a time when perpetrators of sexual violence were even less likely to be prosecuted than they are today.“Somehow, I always knew to be afraid,” she said. “I feel lucky I kept my mouth shut.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Iran lawmakers call for debate on quitting nuclear arms treaty »
28 Jan 2020, 9:49

Iran lawmakers call for debate on quitting nuclear arms treatyA group of Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday asked parliament to debate a motion for Iran to quit a treaty governing global nuclear arms control, a move apparently aimed at pressuring European powers to salvage Tehran's own 2015 nuclear deal. A report on the assembly's news site ICANA said a minimum number of MPs had signed a request to parliament's managers to arrange a debate on the motion for Iran to take the far-reaching step of leaving the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week that Iran could withdraw from the NPT if European countries refer the country to the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 deal, a move that would overturn diplomacy in Tehran's turbulent relations with Western powers.


Warning shots fired as migrants rush Serbia's border with Hungary »
28 Jan 2020, 9:04

Warning shots fired as migrants rush Serbia's border with HungaryA Hungarian security officer fired three warning shots early on Tuesday after about 60 migrants tried to force their way through a checkpoint on the border with Serbia, and Serbian police said later they had arrested 37 people for trying to cross the frontier illegally. No one was wounded in the incident, which took place at the Roszke/Horgos border crossing, Hungarian police spokeswoman Szilvia Szabo said. Hungarian police said the group tried to enter the European Union member state at the crossing at about 0430 GMT, prompting the security officer on site to fire the warning shots.


British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida »
28 Jan 2020, 8:36

British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida* Death of man, 39, initially attributed to hanging * UK Foreign Office said to be in touch with man’s wifeA British man has died while being held in US immigration detention in Florida, the Guardian has confirmed.The death was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which said the man was 39 years old and that the cause was initially attributed to asphyxiation due to hanging. The incident was reported to have occurred on Saturday last week.“Our staff are in contact with the US authorities following the death of a British man in Florida,” said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in London.Foreign Office officials are understood to have been in contact with the deceased man’s wife, as US officials investigate the circumstances of the death.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the Guardian.In a statement to BuzzFeed, the agency identified the deceased man as Ben James Owen and clarified he had died at the Baker county detention center in Macclenny, Florida. Officials said Owen had entered the US on a temporary visa in July and had been arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated stalking, felony false imprisonment, domestic assault, and violating the conditions of his pre-trial release. The agency said the case remained under investigation.The incident marks the fifth death at a detention centre in the 2020 fiscal year, which begins in October 2019. There were eight deaths in Ice detention in the 2019 fiscal year.The immigration detention population in the United States has soared under the Trump administration. Last year Ice detained 510,854 people, compared with 396,448 in 2018. The administration has also increased its use of detention facilities, mostly run by private security companies, with a new concentration of detention centres opening in the deep south.Medical provision and mental health care at detention facilities has come under increased criticism under the Trump administration after a spate of high profile deaths since 2017.At the end of last year House Democrats on the oversight and reform committee launched an inquiry to investigate a “troubling pattern of abuse and poor treatment” of migrants in custody.


Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan' »
28 Jan 2020, 7:52

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States. The "assisted return" of the Central Americans took place between January 18 and Monday, according to the interior ministry and the National Migration Institute. A total of 1,064 Honduran migrants were deported on National Guard planes and charter aircraft, they said in a statement.


The helicopter that carried Kobe Bryant and 8 others before crashing on a hillside did not have a black box on board, investigators say »
28 Jan 2020, 1:17

The helicopter that carried Kobe Bryant and 8 others before crashing on a hillside did not have a black box on board, investigators sayThe National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday that investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.


Wisconsin family trapped in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak »
28 Jan 2020, 1:07

Wisconsin family trapped in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreakThe United States will evacuate some Americans in Wuhan on a flight out of the quarantined city Wednesday morning.


Rep. Doug Collins expected to run for Senate, setting up GOP clash »
28 Jan 2020, 0:42

Rep. Doug Collins expected to run for Senate, setting up GOP clashThe move complicates Republicans’ efforts to hold on to a battleground Senate seat.


Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic Bomb »
27 Jan 2020, 22:07

Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic BombJust what nuclear secrets did "Godsend" deliver to Russia in the 1940s?


Get Early Access to Backcountry’s Big Winter Sale Right Now »
27 Jan 2020, 21:30

Get Early Access to Backcountry’s Big Winter Sale Right Now


There Is No Going Back If Iran Sinks A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier »
27 Jan 2020, 21:30

There Is No Going Back If Iran Sinks A U.S. Navy Aircraft CarrierIt would mean war.


Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla has sued California and a county sheriff in what is the latest battle in the investor's fight to keep a beach near his $37 million estate to himself »
27 Jan 2020, 20:49

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla has sued California and a county sheriff in what is the latest battle in the investor's fight to keep a beach near his $37 million estate to himselfThe lawsuit comes just three weeks after the state of California sued Vinod Khosla, alleging that he blocked public access to Martin's Beach.


Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be 'shut down immediately' over privacy concerns »
27 Jan 2020, 20:09

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be 'shut down immediately' over privacy concerns"The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck," the Amazon employee said of Ring.


Government records show that Kobe Bryant's helicopter used to be owned by the state of Illinois »
27 Jan 2020, 19:32

Government records show that Kobe Bryant's helicopter used to be owned by the state of IllinoisBryant's helicopter was owned by an operator called Island Express Holding Corp., which purchased it from Illinois in 2015.


Venezuela Weighs Privatizing Oil in Face of Economic Free Fall »
27 Jan 2020, 18:11

Venezuela Weighs Privatizing Oil in Face of Economic Free Fall(Bloomberg) -- Versión en español Facing economic collapse and painful sanctions, the socialist government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has proposed giving majority shares and control of its oil industry to big international corporations, a move that would forsake decades of state monopoly.Maduro’s representatives have held talks with Russia’s Rosneft PJSC, Repsol SA of Spain and Italy’s Eni SpA. The idea is to allow them to take over government-controlled oil properties and restructure some debt of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA in exchange for assets, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The proposal, which could offer a balm to the country’s disintegrating oil industry, is in early stages and faces major obstacles. Venezuelan laws would have to be changed, there is disagreement over how to finance the operations, and Washington’s sanctions bar any U.S. companies from doing business with the Maduro regime without a waiver. The sanctions have also discouraged non-U.S. firms from investing in Venezuela.Once an admired state-dominated company producing 3.5 million barrels per day, PDVSA is pumping at a record-low of 700,000, despite sitting on the world’s largest known reserves. Its finances are in tatters: The central bank’s hard-currency reserves have plunged to the lowest in three decades while the government’s cash holdings total less than $1 billion.National AssemblyFor the U.S. Treasury to change its policy would almost certainly require sign-off from opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is backed by Washington over Maduro and is the leader of the National Assembly, where laws are passed.While Guaido and the opposition favor increasing foreign participation and investment in Venezuela, they don’t want to do anything that would help Maduro survive. They are pushing for him to step down and permit new presidential elections.Earlier this month, Maduro-backed troops kept Guaido out of the legislature while pro-government lawmakers selected a new head, Luis Parra. Guaido’s supporters then voted Guaido back in at an off-site meeting, so leadership of the assembly remains in dispute. One reason Maduro sought the new legislative leader was to make it easier to enact the required change in law, according to people familiar with the situation.PDVSA is asking the companies for new investments while they would, if the proposal goes forward, want to be paid from operational flow, two people said. The talks have raised the possibility of turning into equity some of PDVSA’s debt to the companies, the people said.PDVSA and Rosneft didn’t respond to a request for comment. Repsol declined to comment, as did Eni and the U.S. Treasury.Several U.S. contractors, including Chevron Corp., have temporary licenses to operate in Venezuela. It is unclear what would happen to those licenses if the Maduro government were to proceed with this proposal.Crown JewelOil has long been Venezuela’s crown jewel, a resource so precious that stringent restrictions on foreign ownership and involvement are laid out in the constitution.But the country’s crisis, a result of titanic mismanagement, plunging oil prices, corruption and foreign pressure, has caused Maduro to bend many socialist principles recently.He has quietly ended currency and import controls, permitting the growth of a limited dollarized market economy. In a separate effort, he has also engaged in secret talks with holders of some $60 billion in bonds, some of them American, offering to pair them up with a foreign drilling company that would be granted the rights to oil fields as a means of their recouping debt, according to people familiar with the matter.\--With assistance from Rodrigo Orihuela, Olga Tanas and Alex Vasquez.To contact the reporters on this story: Fabiola Zerpa in Caracas Office at fzerpa@bloomberg.net;Lucia Kassai in Houston at lkassai@bloomberg.net;Ben Bartenstein in New York at bbartenstei3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Cancel at dcancel@bloomberg.net, Ethan Bronner, David MarinoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


South Carolina shooting: Two dead and four wounded after gunman opens fire in bar »
27 Jan 2020, 16:24

South Carolina shooting: Two dead and four wounded after gunman opens fire in barTwo people are dead and at least four are wounded following a shooting at a South Carolina bar on Sunday morning.The Darlington County Coroner's Office identified Dicaprio Collins, 21 and Bryan Robinson, 29 as the victims of the shooting at Mac's Lounge in Hartsville, South Carolina.


Taliban says it gunned down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan, killing all personnel onboard »
27 Jan 2020, 16:13

Taliban says it gunned down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan, killing all personnel onboardThe Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel onboard.


IS vows to attack Israel and blasts US Mideast plan »
27 Jan 2020, 15:15

IS vows to attack Israel and blasts US Mideast planThe Islamic State group vowed in an audio message released Monday that the extremists will start a new phase of attacks that will focus on Israel and blasted the U.S. administration's plan to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite carrying out deadly attacks throughout the world over the past years, IS has rarely targeted Israel. The audio appears to try to win the extremist group popularity in the region at a time when President Donald Trump's “Deal of the Century” is expected to be announced in the U.S. soon.


Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E. »
27 Jan 2020, 15:00

Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E.(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterSanctioned by the West and spurned by China, Zimbabwe has turned to the United Arab Emirates in its latest bid to find a savior that can arrest the collapse of its economy.Zimbabwe’s government has approached the U.A.E. in hopes of selling a stake in its national oil company, according to three company and government officials familiar with the plan. It also wants companies in the U.A.E. to buy more of its gold, they said.President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said U.A.E. investors will build solar plants in Zimbabwe, and U.A.E. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan a year ago issued a decree to open an embassy in Zimbabwe. Dubai also contributed to relief efforts when Zimbabwe was hit by a cyclone last year.Zimbabwe’s economy is in free-fall: It likely contracted by more than 6% last year, according to government estimates. Half the population is in need of food aid, inflation is running at over 500% and its currency has depreciated by more than 90% against the dollar since a 1:1 peg was abolished in February last year.“They need investment desperately,” said Jee-A van der Linde, an economic analyst at NKC African Economics in Paarl, South Africa. “It’s been snowballing. I don’t know where it’s going to end up. I don’t know how that would be appealing for the U.A.E.”Oil companies in the U.A.E. said they were unaware of the interest.Belarusian BusesThe U.A.E.’s foreign ministry didn’t respond to requests for comment.The U.A.E. is not the only country Mnangagwa has targeted for potential investment. Since taking power from Robert Mugabe in a November 2017 coup, he has crisscrossed the globe and attended gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, repeating the mantra ‘Zimbabwe is open for business.’ Two trips to Russia and former Soviet republics revived interest in a platinum project and a fleet of second-hand Belarusian buses now ply the streets of the capital, Harare, and the second-biggest city, Bulawayo.By May 2019, investment pledges worth $27 billion had been announced in projects ranging from steel mills to abattoirs. There’s little evidence that they are being developed.A visit by Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister in January ended with only pledges of further infrastructural projects being carried out by China. There was no mention by the “all-weather-friend” as Zimbabwe likes to describe China, extending any financial bailout.Zimbabwe wants to sell a stake of as much as 25% in the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe, the people said, declining to be identified as the plans haven’t been disclosed.NOIC owns storage depots at the port of Beira in neighboring Mozambique as well as five locations in Zimbabwe. It also owns gas stations and the pipeline that brings oil products from Beira to Mutare for companies including Puma Energy BV, in eastern Zimbabwe.Fuel ShortagesZimbabwe is prone to frequent shortages of motor fuel and sees a relationship with the U.A.E., possibly through the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, as a way of securing supply, one of the people said. The southern African nation consumes 1.4 million liters of gasoline and 2.5 million liters of diesel daily, according to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority.“We are working toward establishing a permanent arrangement with friendly countries and that also includes the U.A.E.,” said Fortune Chasi, Zimbabwe’s energy minister, declining to comment directly on whether Zimbabwe had approached the U.A.E.(Adds Davos in eighth paragraph)\--With assistance from Zainab Fattah and Mahmoud Habboush.To contact the reporters on this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net;Ray Ndlovu in Johannesburg at rndlovu1@bloomberg.net;Godfrey Marawanyika in Harare at gmarawanyika@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: John McCorry at jmccorry@bloomberg.net, Pauline Bax, Gordon BellFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continue »
27 Jan 2020, 13:47

Iranian general warns of retaliation if US threats continueThe chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Monday that it will retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the U.S. continues to threaten top Iranian generals. The U.S. killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, in a drone strike outside of Baghdad's airport in Iraq on Jan. 3. Five days later, Iran retaliated by launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops, causing injuries but no fatalities among soldiers there.


Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’ »
27 Jan 2020, 13:45

Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday.“I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy.“I support the position of my party, that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and I support the Roe vs. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions,” Buttigieg responded. “The best I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues.”The exchange happened two days after President Trump became the first U.S. president in history to address the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.“Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump told the audience at the march.The highest-ranking Democrat to address the march was Louisiana state representative Katrina Jackson, who wrote legislation in 2014 that restricted abortion in the state.“Louisiana is the number one pro-life state. And do you know why? Because in Louisiana, the majority of Democrats who are elected are pro-lifers,” Jackson said. “Every day that I walk into the state capitol, I am greeted by pro-lifers regardless of whether they’re black, white, Republican, Democrat, male, female.”


Greta Thunberg slammed the Associated Press for cropping a black activist out of a photo of her at Davos »
27 Jan 2020, 13:21

Greta Thunberg slammed the Associated Press for cropping a black activist out of a photo of her at Davos"You didn't just erase a photo. You erased a continent," Ugandan climate change activist Vanessa Nakate said in a tweet responding to the slight.


Gambia Outlaws Group Calling for President Barrow to Step Down »
27 Jan 2020, 11:34

Gambia Outlaws Group Calling for President Barrow to Step Down(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterThe Gambian government banned an activist group, made mass arrests and shut down two radio stations in the most severe crackdown on dissent since President Adama Barrow took office three years ago.Police arrested 137 members of the ‘Three Years is Enough’ movement at a protest Sunday in a town about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of the capital, Banjul. The group was calling for Barrow to step down this year in line with a deal he struck with coalition parties that helped end his predecessor’s 22-year-rule. The government also detained journalists covering the protest.The group is now considered “a subversive, violent and illegal movement,” government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh said in a statement. It is banned “from ever operating within the shores of The Gambia.”Barrow, 54, defeated former dictator Yahya Jammeh in December 2016 with the support of seven political parties that had rallied behind him to bring down the former leader’s repressive regime. He took office in January 2017 after a regional armed intervention forced Jammeh to step down. Barrow is expected to run for re-election in 2021 despite his promise to coalition partners.Protesters were arrested “for simply exercising their rights,” an executive member of the movement, Sheriffo Sonko, said by phone. He said his organization had planned a peaceful protest.To contact the reporter on this story: Modou Joof in Johannesburg at mjoof@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andre Janse van Vuuren at ajansevanvuu@bloomberg.net, Yinka Ibukun, Paul RichardsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Mother of Jailed Israeli Backpacker Hopes for Russia Pardon »
27 Jan 2020, 10:39

Mother of Jailed Israeli Backpacker Hopes for Russia Pardon(Bloomberg) -- The mother of an Israeli woman imprisoned on drug-smuggling charges in Russia said she’s hopeful President Vladimir Putin will pardon her daughter.Naama Issachar, a 26-year-old U.S.-born Israeli army veteran, was sentenced in October to 7 1/2 years for carrying a small amount of hashish in her luggage on a transit flight via Moscow after a backpacking trip to India. Her plight has become a cause celebre in Israel, where it’s widely seen as politically motivated.Putin met with Issachar’s mother, Yaffa, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday, on the sidelines of an international forum on the Holocaust. He assured her that “everything will be all right,” and on Sunday, Naama Issachar applied for a presidential pardon, her lawyers said.When asked in a text message exchange whether she expects her daughter to return to Israel soon, Yaffa Issachar replied: “I hope so.” The request for a pardon has been received and “all necessary legal procedures are being carried out at the moment so the president can take a decision on this issue in the nearest future,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on a conference call Monday.A decision to free Issachar, who’s been in detention since April, could bolster Netanyahu, who’s been indicted on corruption charges and is fighting for his political survival at the country’s third election in less than a year in March.The Kremlin said last week that Israel and Russia are also making progress in settling a dispute over the ownership of Russian Orthodox Church property in Jerusalem, which Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said could form part of a quid pro quo to secure Issachar’s release.The Russian leader has previously rebuffed multiple pleas from Netanyahu for Issachar’s sentence to be commuted.Her case for a time became entangled with that of a Russian national, Alexei Burkov, whom Israel extradited to the U.S. in November on charges including hacking and credit card fraud. Russia had offered to swap the two, according to Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician.(Adds Putin spokesman’s comment in 4th paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net;Irina Reznik in Moscow at ireznik@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at gwhite64@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Tony HalpinFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


US says mystery crash in Afghanistan was US Air Force plane »
27 Jan 2020, 10:30

US says mystery crash in Afghanistan was US Air Force planeAn American military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were no indications so far it'd been brought down by enemy fire. The spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett, said that the military plane, a Bombardier E-11A, crashed in the Ghazni province and an investigation of its causes was ongoing. Monday's plane crash is not expected to derail U.S.-Taliban peace talks if it turns out to have been an accident.


‘They let him get away with murder’: Dems tormented over how to stop Bernie »
27 Jan 2020, 10:04

‘They let him get away with murder’: Dems tormented over how to stop BernieThe party establishment is caught in a catch-22.


This Picture Could Start World War III: If North Korea Blasts Seoul with the 'Big Guns' »
27 Jan 2020, 9:02

This Picture Could Start World War III: If North Korea Blasts Seoul with the 'Big Guns'Or a massive artillery attack.


Bloomberg Offers Few Details to Back Up Trillions in Spending »
27 Jan 2020, 9:00

Bloomberg Offers Few Details to Back Up Trillions in Spending(Bloomberg) -- Ask Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg how he’ll pay for his plans to create jobs, provide health insurance and repair roads and bridges, and you get the same answer: Wait until you see my tax plan.Bloomberg has released almost 20 proposals since joining the race on Nov. 24: $1.2 trillion for infrastructure. $70 billion of federal spending in low-income neighborhoods to aid black homeownership. Another trillion and a half for health care. He hasn’t detailed where the money for the ambitious proposals will come from.If Bloomberg comes out of Super Tuesday among the Democratic race’s top tier, there will be increasing pressure on him to explain how he’s going to pay for his policies, said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who hasn’t endorsed a 2020 candidate.“There will be a great hue and cry for him to add substance to his proposals and do it very quickly,” Fowler said.Bloomberg’s campaign says that it plans to release further details about the tax proposal as soon as next week and that it will show how he plans to pay for his proposals.That would mean details come out before 14 U.S. states vote March 3 on Super Tuesday, the contests on which Bloomberg is staking his campaign. But until then, voters have only heard him say he supports “taxing wealthy people like me” to pay for a growing list of policy proposals.Fourth PlaceThe $250 million in advertising he’s spent so far delivering this message has garnered him 8% in a national poll released Sunday by the Washington Post and ABC News, enough for fourth place. That put him ahead of Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar and behind the front-running Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.A Fox News poll on Sunday showed Bloomberg in fourth place with 10% support, behind Biden, Sanders and Warren.The approach is at odds with Bloomberg’s pitch -- that his three terms as New York mayor and in building the company that bears his name show he’s a practical problem solver, someone who takes a data-driven approach to running government efficiently.It’s also at odds with his Democratic rivals who often explain revenue streams when they propose big programs. No one does that more thoroughly than Warren, whose plan to pay for her $20.5 trillion health care plan ran 19 pages.Not that their estimates have always had pinpoint accuracy. Warren’s and Sanders’s Medicare For All cost estimates differ by $10 trillion. And academics have found Warren’s, Biden’s and Sanders’s revenue estimates from their tax plans overly rosy.The lack of details hasn’t stopped the Bloomberg campaign from rolling out the proposals in his campaign’s earliest days, sometimes at a clip of two or three a week. The media has started to notice, as one recent Associated Press article led off by noting the lack of details about paying for a promise to create millions of new jobs.Bloomberg’s plans on health care, the economy, climate change and other issues where he specifies costs total more than $3 trillion over 10 years. Many more don’t list a cost.Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.His campaign has said it’s hard to determine cost estimates because plans are related, and the cost or savings in one proposal can affect another. But the campaign has consistently said that Bloomberg’s tax plan will pay for the policies he is releasing.No Wealth TaxBloomberg himself has said little about his tax plan other than he supports increasing taxes on the rich but not with a wealth tax. He opposes the wealth taxes proposed by Warren and Sanders, which would place a tax on the fortunes of millionaires and billionaires.In a Jan. 11 interview, Bloomberg said the corporate tax rate cut in the Republicans’ 2017 tax overhaul was necessary for competitive reasons but was too deep, and he opposed the measure’s cuts in income-tax rates.“I’ve said I didn’t need the cut, and that was the money that we needed for infrastructure,” Bloomberg said. “You can expect me to try to rectify that in our proposals.”As New York’s mayor, Bloomberg increased property taxes by 18.5% in 2003 – the largest in the city’s history -- to generate $837 million to plug budget deficits. His poll numbers suffered but he was re-elected in 2005.Varying DetailOther Democratic presidential candidates have released cost estimates and funding sources for their plans in varying levels of detail. Biden has said he would pay for $3.2 trillion in proposals with new and higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations, including a minimum federal levy targeting companies that have reported paying no federal income taxes in recent years.Sanders has said his Medicare-for-All plan alone would cost more than $30 trillion over a decade but hasn’t fully detailed how he’d pay for it except to say taxes would go up while out-of-pocket health costs would go down.Leonard Burman, a fellow at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan policy research group in Washington, said he would expect Bloomberg “to put out a package where the revenues could cover the costs, but it’s just really hard to tell what it would look like without knowing the exact price tag and the details.” Burman co-founded the Tax Policy Center, which analyzes candidate tax plans.To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus at mniquette@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Craig GordonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Singapore says China virus outbreak will hit its economy this year »
27 Jan 2020, 4:14

Singapore says China virus outbreak will hit its economy this yearSingapore said on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak will hurt its economy this year, as it announced new measures to tackle the disease which originated in China and has spread to the city-state and several other countries. The Southeast Asian travel and tourism hub, which recorded its lowest growth rate in a decade last year at 0.7%, has reported four cases of the coronavirus that has killed 80 people in China so far. "We certainly expect there to be an impact on our economy, business and consumer confidence this year especially as the situation is expected to persist for some time," trade minister Chan Chun Sing said.


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Apple Holiday Results Top Estimates on Rebounding iPhone Demand »
28 Jan 2020, 22:08

Apple Holiday Results Top Estimates on Rebounding iPhone Demand(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. reported holiday-quarter revenue that beat Wall Street expectations on rebounding iPhone demand and surging sales of wearable devices. The results are a remarkable comeback from a year ago, when the most valuable technology company missed its own targets.A sales forecast for the current quarter also exceeded analysts’ projections, sending Apple’s stock up about 2% in extended trading. Services revenue came in slightly below expectations, limiting share gains.The Cupertino, California-based company reported $91.8 billion in revenue for the fiscal first quarter, up 9% from a year earlier. Wall Street was looking for $88.4 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit was $4.99 a share, also beating analysts’ expectations.For the fiscal second quarter, Apple said sales will be between $63 billion and $67 billion. Analysts estimated $62.3 billion, on average.“The strength is coming from the iPhone and continued really strong growth in wearables and the App Store,” said Shannon Cross of Cross Research. “The iPhone was very strong.”Apple shares have marched higher in recent months on increasingly bullish expectations for new iPhones, AirPods and revenue from iCloud storage, the App Store and other services. That elevated the stock’s valuation to the highest level in at least a decade, raising the bar for Tuesday’s results.After years of rapid growth, Apple’s expansion has slowed as demand for smartphones waned and competition from Chinese rivals intensified. Under Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, the company’s strategy has evolved. It now aims to sell new handsets to customers every three to five years, and then offer as many services and accessories as possible in the intervening years.On Tuesday, Cook said Apple saw “strong demand” for the latest iPhones and noted that a base of more than 1.5 billion devices has been “a great driver of our growth across the board.”Analysts have been particularly excited about wearable accessories, such as the Apple Watch and AirPods.However, the iPhone still generates the majority of Apple’s revenue. And this crucial business has improved from a dire performance in last year’s holiday period. The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models were well received in their debut in the fall and demand in China has been particularly strong, outselling 2018’s releases in a market that has otherwise been shrinking.Apple Is Raising TSMC Chip Orders to Meet Strong IPhone DemandApple generated $56 billion in revenue from the iPhone in the fiscal first quarter, up 8% from a year earlier. That was a lot better than the 2018 holiday period, when sales of the handset dropped about 15%. Apple cut the price of its entry-level flagship iPhone by $50, luring buyers. There are also millions of older iPhones that are losing software support from the company, spurring new purchases.Apple’s Lower Prices, Users’ Aging Handsets Drive IPhone DemandWearables, including AirPods, and other accessories generated $10 billion in revenue in the holiday quarter, up 37% from a year ago. The company reported Services revenue of $12.7 billion, up 17% from the same period last year. That missed analysts’ forecasts. This business still mostly relies on older offerings such as the App Store, iCloud storage and Apple Music. It’s unclear how well Apple TV+, the Apple Card and the Apple Arcade gaming subscription are performing, but there have been signs of weak demand for Apple News+, the company’s digital magazine subscription.(Updates with services revenue in second paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Gurman in Los Angeles at mgurman1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Mark MilianFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Questions emerge about why Kobe Bryant's helicopter was flying in 'very scary conditions' »
28 Jan 2020, 22:06

Questions emerge about why Kobe Bryant's helicopter was flying in 'very scary conditions'Flight data show the route of Kobe Bryant's helicopter flight, which ran into "very scary conditions.''


Trump will seek 20% budget boost for nukes, says Inhofe »
28 Jan 2020, 22:02

Trump will seek 20% budget boost for nukes, says InhofePresident Trump plans to ask Congress for $20 billion for the federal agency that maintains America’s weapons for fiscal 2021, an increase from last fiscal year.


AMD Projects Quarterly Sales That Fall Short of Estimates »
28 Jan 2020, 22:01

AMD Projects Quarterly Sales That Fall Short of Estimates(Bloomberg) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. gave a lackluster forecast for the current period, suggesting gains against larger chip rival Intel Corp. may take longer than investors had hoped.Revenue in the first three months of the year will be about $1.8 billion, plus or minus $50 million, Santa Clara, California-based AMD said Tuesday in a statement. That would fall short of the average analyst estimate of $1.87 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.AMD also said sales will increase 28% to 30% in 2020. Analysts, on average, projected annual revenue growth of 28%.Shares slipped about 3% in extended trading after the earnings report. The stock has surged to more than $50 this year, up from less than $3 at the end of 2015, as investors bet that the company’s new products, and manufacturing stumbles by Intel, would open the door to sustained market share gains.Though the quarterly outlook disappointed some investors, AMD’s revenue growth forecast reflects strong demand for server chips from cloud data center operators and personal computer makers, mirroring Intel’s report from last week.“We delivered significant margin expansion and increased profitability as we gained market share with our Ryzen and EPYC processors,” Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su said in the statement. “Our focused execution and the investments we made in our high-performance computing roadmaps position us well for continued growth in 2020 and beyond.”AMD’s shares gained 148% last year making them the best performer on the S&P 500 Index. Earlier Tuesday, the stock closed up 2.6% at $50.53.AMD has said it’s targeting double-digit market share in servers by the middle of this year. The company is trying to reclaim a meaningful position in that lucrative market after dropping to less than 1%. Server computers are the backbone of corporate networks and the giant data centers that run the internet. Chips that power them can cost more than $10,000 each.Intel’s server chip unit grew 19% in the fourth quarter and revenue from cloud-service providers, which offer computing power and storage via the internet, surged 48%. Intel’s data center business gets more revenue in a quarter than the whole of AMD reports in year.Both companies have benefited from persistently strong demand for personal computers. Global PC shipments rose 2.3% from a year earlier in the fourth quarter as companies upgraded to a new version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, according to research firm Gartner Inc. AMD has an even greater ability to cash in on this as it’s also the second-largest maker of chips used in computer graphics cards.On Tuesday, AMD said fourth-quarter net income rose to $170 million, or 15 cents a share, compared with $38 million, or 4 cents, a year earlier. Excluding certain items, profit in the period was 32 cents a share. Revenue gained 50% to $2.13 billion. Analysts had projected profit of 30 cents a share on sales of $2.1 billion.(Updates with comments from CEO in the sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Ian King in San Francisco at ianking@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Equifax Takes Leadership Stand With Early-Adoption Of Privacy Framework »
28 Jan 2020, 22:01

Equifax Takes Leadership Stand With Early-Adoption Of Privacy FrameworkEquifax® (NYSE: EFX), today announced it is an early adopter of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Privacy Framework, which was released on January 16, 2020. Equifax is among the first companies to align with NIST's framework. Adoption of the NIST Privacy Framework builds on Equifax's previous support for and adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.


Starbucks' results top estimates but coronavirus slows sales »
28 Jan 2020, 22:00

Starbucks' results top estimates but coronavirus slows salesIt was a happy holiday at Starbucks, but the company's sales momentum could start to slow due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. New drinks like the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew were a hit with customers, helping the Seattle-based coffee giant beat Wall Street's forecasts in the October-December period. Starbucks reaffirmed its 2020 profit guidance for now, but said it has already closed more than half of its stores in China.


Frank Sinatra Once Owned These Gold-Seated Toilets. His Fans Just Paid Thousands to Snap Them Up. »
28 Jan 2020, 22:00

Frank Sinatra Once Owned These Gold-Seated Toilets. His Fans Just Paid Thousands to Snap Them Up.The toilets were in Sinatra's executive suite at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City.


Worldwide Milk Markets, Forecast to 2025 - United States Will Maintain a 1.4% Growth Momentum, China Exhibits the Potential to Grow at 2.7% »
28 Jan 2020, 22:00

Worldwide Milk Markets, Forecast to 2025 - United States Will Maintain a 1.4% Growth Momentum, China Exhibits the Potential to Grow at 2.7%The "Milk - Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


Alteryx Announces Inspire APAC 2020 as Next Stop on the Inspire World Tour »
28 Jan 2020, 22:00

Alteryx Announces Inspire APAC 2020 as Next Stop on the Inspire World TourAlteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX), revolutionizing business through data science and analytics, today announced more than 700 customers, partners and industry leaders will join the company at its second annual APAC user conference, taking place Feb. 25-26 in Sydney, AU. Inspire APAC 2020 welcomes data workers and business leaders from across the globe to discuss the state of the market in APAC and tackle pressing challenges, such as building a culture of analytics and bridging the talent gap, as indicated in the Alteryx-commissioned 2019 Data and Digitization Report.


IBERIABANK Corporation Announces 4% Increase to Cash Dividend on Common Stock »
28 Jan 2020, 22:00

IBERIABANK Corporation Announces 4% Increase to Cash Dividend on Common StockThe Board of Directors of IBERIABANK Corporation (NASDAQ: IBKC) announced the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.47 per common share, an increase of approximately 4% compared to the common dividend paid on January 24, 2020. The dividend is payable on April 1, 2020, to shareholders of record as of March 13, 2020.


SDLP - Seadrill Partners LLC Eliminates Cash Distribution »
28 Jan 2020, 21:58

SDLP - Seadrill Partners LLC Eliminates Cash DistributionSeadrill Partners LLC (OTCQB: SDLPF) ("Seadrill Partners" or the "Company") announces today that it will eliminate the quarterly distribution to its common unitholders.


Kobe Bryant's ex-pilot: Helicopter was 'Cadillac' of the skies, yet it crashed. NTSB is hunting for clues. »
28 Jan 2020, 21:56

Kobe Bryant's ex-pilot: Helicopter was 'Cadillac' of the skies, yet it crashed. NTSB is hunting for clues.Federal investigators are collecting evidence to try to understand what caused the helicopter to crash, killing all nine aboard


China Coronavirus Outbreak Impact on Travel Insurance, Explained by Squaremouth »
28 Jan 2020, 21:56

China Coronavirus Outbreak Impact on Travel Insurance, Explained by SquaremouthIn response to the Coronavirus outbreak, The Center for Disease Control has issued a Level 3 Warning and the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory for the affected destinations.


Alcentra Capital Corporation Announces Final Dividend Mechanics »
28 Jan 2020, 21:54

Alcentra Capital Corporation Announces Final Dividend MechanicsAlcentra Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ABDC) ("Alcentra Capital" or the "Company") today announced that, due to the contingent nature of its final dividend, Nasdaq has informed the Company that stockholders who sell their shares of Alcentra Capital common stock until and through the close of trading on January 31, 2020 (the conditional dividend payment date) will also sell their entitlement to the final dividend to the respective purchasers of the shares.


Elizabeth Warren's closing argument to caucusgoers: 'Women win' »
28 Jan 2020, 21:53

Elizabeth Warren's closing argument to caucusgoers: 'Women win'"Can we just address it right here? Women win," Warren said in Davenport, Iowa, eight days before the Iowa caucuses.


Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China stores »
28 Jan 2020, 21:53

Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China storesThe world's largest coffee chain said it would update its 2020 forecast when it is able to reasonably estimate the impact of the outbreak, which has caused over 100 deaths in China. Starbucks operated 4,292 stores in China at the end of last year.


10 Simple Ways to Save Money for Your Child's Future »
28 Jan 2020, 21:52

10 Simple Ways to Save Money for Your Child's FutureIt's important to start saving now.


Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes in Caribbean between Cuba and Jamaica »
28 Jan 2020, 21:51

Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes in Caribbean between Cuba and JamaicaA 7.7 magnitude earthquake has been reported in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Cuba, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


Opporty founder calls SEC’s ICO lawsuit ‘grossly overstated’ and ‘untruthful’ in an open letter »
28 Jan 2020, 21:50

Opporty founder calls SEC’s ICO lawsuit ‘grossly overstated’ and ‘untruthful’ in an open letterSergey Grybniak, founder of blockchain marketplace Opporty International, has pushed back against key claims included in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) legal complaint against him and his company. The case in question surfaced on Jan. 21 when the SEC filed a complaint in court accusing Grybniak and Opporty International of allegedly conducting an initial coin […]The post Opporty founder calls SEC's ICO lawsuit 'grossly overstated' and 'untruthful' in an open letter appeared first on The Block.


Bolton’s Testimony Remains in Flux as Issue of Witnesses Divides Senate »
28 Jan 2020, 21:49

Bolton’s Testimony Remains in Flux as Issue of Witnesses Divides SenateWill he or won’t he?Nearly two days after the New York Times broke the news that John Bolton’s forthcoming book says President Trump conditioned military aid to Ukraine on investigations of Joe and Hunter Biden, it remains unclear whether or not Bolton will testify at the impeachment trial.On Monday, Republican senator Mitt Romney told reporters it was “increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.”“I have spoken with others who have opined upon this," Romney said. “It’s important to be able to hear from John Bolton for us to be able to make an impartial judgment.”Senator Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) said she remained “curious” to hear Bolton’s testimony, and Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) said in a statement that “the reports about John Bolton's book strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues."But the question remained who might become the fourth Republican senator to join 47 Democrats and provide a majority in calling for Bolton to testify. The Washington Post reported on Monday that senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania raised the possibility of a one-for-one witness deal, with Bolton’s testimony secured in exchange for the testimony of a witness the president’s defenders want to call. “If we get to witnesses, it will be a one-for-one or a two-for-two,” Senator Mike Braun (R., Ind.) told reporters Monday night.Specifically, a trade of Bolton’s testimony for Hunter Biden’s has been discussed. And when asked about such a deal, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said on Tuesday: “I think both sides are entitled to witnesses.”But several other Senate Democrats who spoke to National Review in the Capitol on Tuesday threw cold water on the idea.“I’m against that,” Illinois senator Richard Durbin said. “The notion that we’re going to trade you one possibly material political witness for one that is material — baloney.” He was, however, non-committal when asked if he’d vote for such a deal. “Well, let’s see,” he replied. “There have been a lot of theories” about witness deals.Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden was firmer in his stance. “We’re not bargaining on this,” Wyden said. “I don’t want to be repetitive. I made clear that we are not negotiating. I support having witnesses who are relevant to the president’s conduct.” His clear implication was that the Bidens do not qualify as “relevant.”Montana senator Jon Tester and Hawaii senator Brian Schatz were even more blunt, flatly refusing to vote for any Biden-for-Bolton witness deal. “Yeah, I would [reject that deal] because it would make the trial into a fallacy,” said Tester.  “I will make no trades of irrelevant witnesses for relevant witnesses,” said Schatz.Meanwhile, Republican senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that any decision to hear from witnesses would open the floodgates. “If people want witnesses, we’re going to get a lot of witnesses. This idea of calling one and one makes zero sense to me,” Graham said. “I’ll make a prediction: There’ll be 51 Republican votes to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the whistleblower, and the DNC staffer at a very minimum.”Earlier Tuesday, Graham’s colleague, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, had told reporters that Bolton was a "disgruntled" employee with a “multi-million-dollar motive to inflame the situation.” Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson argued otherwise, saying, “Personally, I believe John Bolton will tell the truth.” But Graham, when given the chance, declined to follow suit in either questioning Bolton’s motives or affirming the former national-security adviser’s integrity. He did say that he ultimately supported Oklahoma senator James Lankford’s idea to subpoena the manuscript of Bolton’s book so senators could review it in a classified setting without having to call Bolton to testify.As the impeachment trial dragged on, it remained unclear Tuesday if any deal involving Bolton will actually happen. “So far as I know, there has been no witness deal,” Murkowski said shortly before the trial resumed Tuesday afternoon. Several other Republicans went even further, saying that no decision would be made about witnesses until Friday. With neither side committed to a consensus negotiating position, it seemed fair to wonder whether the extra time would make any difference.


Apple reports a record $12.7B in services revenue »
28 Jan 2020, 21:48

Apple reports a record $12.7B in services revenueApple's increasing focus on its services business seems to be paying off, with the company reporting a record $12.7 billion in services net sales during the first quarter of its fiscal year — a year-over-year increase of roughly 17%. Services includes existing offerings like iCloud and Apple Music, as well as a number of new subscriptions that Apple has launched in the past year, such as Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. The numbers were part of a strong earnings report for Apple, with better-than-expected revenue of $91.8 billion.


Apple's banner holiday-season quarter tops projections »
28 Jan 2020, 21:48

Apple's banner holiday-season quarter tops projectionsApple is still reaping huge profits from the iPhone while mining more moneymaking opportunities from the growing popularity of its smartwatch, digital services and wireless earbuds. Apple’s fiscal first-quarter results, released Tuesday, provided the latest proof that the fears hanging over the consumer electronics icon might have been unfounded. Apple’s profit and revenue for the October-December period topped analysts’ projections, providing another boost to a stock that has more than doubled in less than 13 months.


PolyOne Announces Public Offering of Common Shares »
28 Jan 2020, 21:48

PolyOne Announces Public Offering of Common SharesPolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) today announced that it is offering to sell, subject to market and other conditions, $450,000,000 of common shares through an underwritten public offering. PolyOne also intends to grant the underwriters an option, exercisable for 30 days after the date of the final prospectus supplement, to purchase up to an additional $67,500,000 of common shares.


Consumer Batteries: Global Market Insights and Projections to 2025 »
28 Jan 2020, 21:45

Consumer Batteries: Global Market Insights and Projections to 2025The "Consumer Batteries - Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


New Co-Portfolio Manager for the Oakmark Fund »
28 Jan 2020, 21:44

New Co-Portfolio Manager for the Oakmark FundMichael Nicolas, an investment analyst at Harris Associates L.P., adviser to the Oakmark Funds and an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has been appointed co-manager of the Oakmark Fund.


eBay Gives Lackluster Forecast Following Management Shakeup »
28 Jan 2020, 21:43

eBay Gives Lackluster Forecast Following Management Shakeup(Bloomberg) -- EBay Inc. issued a lackluster revenue and earnings forecast, showing that problems with stagnant growth persist following a management shakeup last year and the sale of its tickets marketplace, StubHub.Earnings in the current quarter will be 50 to 53 cents a share on sales of $2.55 to $2.60 billion, the company said Tuesday. The forecast missed analysts’ average estimates of 71 cents a share on revenue of $2.64 billion.The San Jose-based company reported fourth-quarter revenue of $2.8 billion and profit excluding some costs of 81 cents per share, beating analysts’ average estimates of 75 cents a share.Years of stagnant sales growth have diminished EBay’s position in an online commerce market that’s dominated in the U.S. by Amazon.com Inc. Activist investors Elliott Management Corp. and Starboard Value last year began pushing for changes at EBay including shedding ticket-resale site StubHub and the classified ads business.Devin Wenig, who clashed with the activists as chief executive officer, was ousted in September after failing to expand the marketplace platform and opposing the sale of businesses. In November, EBay announced the sale of StubHub to Switzerland’s Viagogo for $4.05 billion. Scott Schenkel, previously chief financial officer, has been serving as interim CEO since Wenig’s departure.EBay reported gross merchandise volume, the value of all goods sold on its platforms, of $23.3 billion, down 5% from a year earlier and its fourth-straight decline.“It’s more of the same in terms of slowing growth,” said Victor Anthony, an analyst at Aegis Capital Corp. “The headwinds are still there.”The shares fell about 2.5% in extended trading on Tuesday, after closing in New York at $36.21. They have gained about 6% over the past 12 months, compared with a 24% increase in the S&P 500 Index.(Updates with analyst’s quote)To contact the reporter on this story: Spencer Soper in Seattle at ssoper@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Molly Schuetz, Robin AjelloFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China stores »
28 Jan 2020, 21:41

Starbucks expects hit from coronavirus after closing half of China storesThe world's largest coffee chain said it would update its 2020 forecast when it is able to reasonably estimate the impact of the outbreak, which has caused over 100 deaths in China. Starbucks operated 4,292 stores in China at the end of last year.


Exclusive: Do or die - Nissan takes the axe to the house Ghosn built »
28 Jan 2020, 21:39

Exclusive: Do or die - Nissan takes the axe to the house Ghosn builtNissan <7201.T> is planning aggressive cost cuts to deal with an unexpected slump in sales as the expansionist strategy it inherited from fugitive former Chairman Carlos Ghosn flounders, four people familiar with the plans said. The moves come on top of a turnaround plan unveiled in July and are likely to include cutting Nissan's range of cars and the array of product options and trims in each line, slashing jobs mostly at head offices in the United States and Europe, and reducing advertising and marketing budgets, they said. Most of the planned cuts and measures to enhance efficiency were presented to Nissan's board in November and received its general blessing, two sources said.


New RV Rental Study from RV Trader Helps Dealers Build Strong Rental Business »
28 Jan 2020, 21:36

New RV Rental Study from RV Trader Helps Dealers Build Strong Rental BusinessRV Trader, the 1 online marketplace for RV shoppers, today released a study offering insights into the growth of the RV rental market along with detailed guidelines to help RV dealers maximize revenue streams from both renters and a newly identified renter/buyer segment. The report, titled RV Dealer's Guide to Unlocking the Value of RV Rentals, includes findings from an RV Trader survey of more than 2,000 consumers who have rented, purchased or been in the market for an RV in the past two years as well as advice from industry experts.


Stocks Shake Off Virus Dread in Busy Earnings Week: Markets Wrap »
28 Jan 2020, 21:35

Stocks Shake Off Virus Dread in Busy Earnings Week: Markets Wrap(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks climbed the most since October on speculation that efforts to contain the coronavirus will prevent a major economic fallout.The S&P 500 Index rebounded from its worst sell-off in four months, with technology shares leading the charge. Some of the companies that suffered the biggest losses during the latest equity rout, such as chipmakers, casino operators and airlines, advanced on Tuesday. Oil traded above $53 a barrel in New York. Demand for havens cooled, sending Treasuries and gold lower.After the close of regular trading, Apple Inc. jumped on a revenue forecast that topped analyst estimates. Starbucks Corp. reported sales that beat Wall Street’s projections and said it closed more than half of its mainland China locations because of the viral outbreak. Both Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and EBay Inc. gave lackluster guidance.Stocks Turnaround Got Few Cheering With Uncertainty Running HighEquities rallied after a slide that wiped about $1.5 trillion off the value of world stocks since Jan. 20. As it’s too early to assess the full impact of the deadly virus, traders digested some positive readings on U.S. consumer confidence and home prices. With earnings continuing to roll in, investors will be looking for signs of how the disease is affecting operations in China.“We kind of stall a little bit on the Chinese recovery, but we have a lot of other things going in favor of a global recovery anyway,” Stephen Auth, chief investment officer of equities at Federated Investors, told Bloomberg TV. “We still think that’s coming.”Hedge Funds Dumping Growth Stocks Ahead of Tech Megacap EarningsSome other corporate highlights:PulteGroup Inc. climbed after reporting better-than-expected quarterly orders.Lockheed Martin Corp. rose on sales that beat the highest estimate.Acceleron Pharma Inc. surged on mid-stage results for its medicine aimed at treating a type of lung and heart disorder.3M Co. sank after revealing it had received a grand jury subpoena in an environmental probe and saying it would cut 1,500 jobs.Harley-Davidson Inc. slid after quarterly profit missed estimates.Pfizer Inc. tumbled as a drop in sales overshadowed the company’s projections for a better-than-feared 2020.Here are some events to watch out for this week:Wednesday brings reports from GE, Boeing and Facebook; Samsung Electronics, International Paper, Unilever and Shell report on Thursday, followed by South Korean chip maker SK Hynix, Chevron, Caterpillar and Exxon Mobil all on Friday.Federal Reserve policy makers on Wednesday are expected to open 2020 the same way they closed 2019 -- by holding rates steady.Goldman Sachs will hold its first-ever Investor Day on Wednesday.The Bank of England meeting on Thursday is highly anticipated after a series of dovish comments raised speculation policy makers could lower interest rates.The U.S. reports fourth-quarter GDP Thursday.The U.K. is scheduled to leave the European Union Friday.These are the main moves in markets:StocksThe S&P 500 climbed 1% as of 4 p.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.8%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index fell 0.1%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index decreased 0.1%.The euro was unchanged at $1.1019.The Japanese yen weakened 0.2% to 109.14 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose four basis points to 1.65%.Germany’s 10-year yield climbed four basis points to -0.34%.Britain’s 10-year yield jumped four basis points to 0.552%.CommoditiesThe Bloomberg Commodity Index advanced 0.1%.West Texas Intermediate crude rose to $53.48 a barrel.Gold decreased 0.5% to $1,575.80 an ounce.\--With assistance from Joanna Ossinger, Christopher Anstey, Cormac Mullen, Todd White, Sam Potter, Sophie Caronello and Sarah Ponczek.To contact the reporters on this story: Rita Nazareth in New York at rnazareth@bloomberg.net;Vildana Hajric in New York at vhajric1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Rita NazarethFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Does BMG Resources Limited's (ASX:BMG) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers? »
28 Jan 2020, 21:35

Does BMG Resources Limited's (ASX:BMG) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?Bruce McCracken has been the CEO of BMG Resources Limited (ASX:BMG) since 2011. First, this article will compare CEO...


Apple shares rise after company reports better-than-expected revenue of $91.8B »
28 Jan 2020, 21:35

Apple shares rise after company reports better-than-expected revenue of $91.8BToday after the bell, Apple reported the results of the first quarter of its fiscal 2020. At the same time, the company's per-share profit of $4.99 was greater than the market-anticipated figure of $4.54 per share. In immediate trading following the news, Apple's stock is up several points.


Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectations »
28 Jan 2020, 21:34

Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectationsApple's total number of installed devices grew by 100 million to more than 1.5 billion over the past year. Apple gave a revenue forecast for the quarter ending in March above Wall Street expectations.


Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectations »
28 Jan 2020, 21:34

Apple iPhone sales return to growth, pushing profits above expectationsApple's total number of installed devices grew by 100 million to more than 1.5 billion over the past year. Apple gave a revenue forecast for the quarter ending in March above Wall Street expectations.


HarrisX 2019 Holiday Shopping Study »
28 Jan 2020, 21:32

HarrisX 2019 Holiday Shopping StudyHarrisX, a leading telecommunications, media and technology market research and consultancy firm, released today the findings of the HarrisX 2019 Holiday Shopping Study, which tracks consumer shopping attitudes around the end of year holiday season.


General Snus Introduces the Trailkeepers Project Donation Platform to Support Leave No Trace Initiatives »
28 Jan 2020, 21:31

General Snus Introduces the Trailkeepers Project Donation Platform to Support Leave No Trace InitiativesGeneral Snus, a smokeless tobacco brand from Swedish Match, and Leave No Trace, one of the world's premier outdoor protection agencies, have partnered to launch the Trailkeepers Project. The Project will assist in protecting the great outdoors by raising funds for environmental initiatives, asking consumers to take a conservation pledge and encouraging people to get out and explore the natural world.


Nordhavn’s 80-Foot ‘Pocket Superyacht’ Melds Exploration and Tradition. Now There Will Be Three of Them. »
28 Jan 2020, 21:30

Nordhavn’s 80-Foot ‘Pocket Superyacht’ Melds Exploration and Tradition. Now There Will Be Three of Them.The showstopper is due to be completed late next year.


Ford Settling with Focus, Fiesta Owners over Troublesome Dual-Clutch Transmission »
28 Jan 2020, 21:30

Ford Settling with Focus, Fiesta Owners over Troublesome Dual-Clutch TransmissionThe automaker will pay a minimum of $30 million cash to reimburse owners of the small cars made between 2011 and 2016, who complain about repeated failed repairs.


Palestinians reject Trump peace plan, throw in 'dustbin of history' »
28 Jan 2020, 21:29

Palestinians reject Trump peace plan, throw in 'dustbin of history'Palestinian leaders on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's peace proposal as an unacceptable capitulation to Israel that tramples on the long-standing aspirations of their people. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed the initiative unveiled in Washington would fail. Trump's proposal included a long list of measures directly in line with Israeli interests, notably recognition of Jerusalem as the "undivided capital" of the Jewish state.


What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors? »
28 Jan 2020, 21:27

What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors?When retirement approaches, one of the biggest decisions to make is where you'll live, including whether to stay in your current home or move to an independent living community. One of the main considerations is the cost of independent living, … Continue reading ->The post What Is the Cost of Independent Living for Seniors? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.


Dow jumps 187 points as stocks stabilize after Monday's sell-off »
28 Jan 2020, 21:25

Dow jumps 187 points as stocks stabilize after Monday's sell-offU.S. stocks stabilized Tuesday after posting their worst loss in months a day earlier on fears over the coronavirus outbreak.


Aberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly Distribution »
28 Jan 2020, 21:23

Aberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly DistributionAberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE American: FCO) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, today announced that it paid on January 28, 2020, a distribution of US $0.07 per share to all shareholders of record as of January 21, 2020 (ex-dividend date January 17, 2020).


Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund Announces Payment Of Monthly Distribution »
28 Jan 2020, 21:23

Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund Announces Payment Of Monthly DistributionAberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund (NYSE: AWP) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, today announced that it paid on January 28, 2020, a distribution of US $0.04 per share to all shareholders of record as of January 21, 2020 (ex-dividend date January 17, 2020). The Fund reduced its monthly distribution from $0.05 per share to $0.04 per share, commencing with the distribution paid on August 27, 2019.


Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly Distribution »
28 Jan 2020, 21:23

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. Announces Payment Of Monthly DistributionAberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE American: FAX) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, today announced that it paid on January 28, 2020, a distribution of US $0.0275 per share to all shareholders of record as of January 21, 2020 (ex-dividend date January 17, 2020). The Fund has reduced its monthly distribution from $0.035 per share to $0.0275 per share, commencing with the distribution payable on April 30, 2019.


Acceleron (XLRN) Up on Success of PAH Drug in Phase II Study »
28 Jan 2020, 21:22

Acceleron (XLRN) Up on Success of PAH Drug in Phase II StudyAcceleron (XLRN) stock surges as sotatercept meets primary and secondary endpoints in a phase II study in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.


Aflac Incorporated to Release Fourth Quarter Results on February 4, 2020 »
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Aflac Incorporated to Release Fourth Quarter Results on February 4, 2020Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that it will release fourth quarter financial results after the market closes on February 4, 2020.


Xilinx Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2020 Results »
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Xilinx Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2020 ResultsXilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, today announced revenues of $723 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, down 13% from the prior quarter and down 10% year over year. GAAP net income for the December quarter was $162 million, or $0.64 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the December quarter was $171 million, or $0.68 per diluted share.


Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Estimated Income Tax Treatment of 2019 Distributions »
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Estimated Income Tax Treatment of 2019 DistributionsPreferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) ("PAC" or the "Company") announced today how it expects its 2019 distributions to be classified for federal income tax purposes. Stockholders are encouraged to consult with their personal tax advisors as to their specific tax treatment of these distributions. The estimated distribution classifications are shown on the charts below. This release is based on the preliminary results of work on the Company's tax filings and is subject to correction or adjustment when the filings are completed. The Company is releasing information at this time to aid those required to distribute Form 1099-DIVs on the Company's distributions. No material change in these classifications is expected.


Rollins, Inc. Announces Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend »
28 Jan 2020, 21:20

Rollins, Inc. Announces Regular Quarterly Cash DividendRollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier global consumer and commercial services company announced that the Board of Directors approved a 14.3% increase in the Company's quarterly cash dividend. The increased regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share is payable March 10, 2020 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 10, 2020. This marks the 18th consecutive year the Board has increased its dividend a minimum of 12.0% or more.


Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' – live Trump impeachment trial updates »
28 Jan 2020, 21:19

Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' – live Trump impeachment trial updatesImpeachment “is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That is politics unfortunately,” said Sekulow.





Technology

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition »
21 Oct 2019, 15:01

PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World CompetitionThe winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


7 tax scams to watch out for this year »
7 Apr 2019, 12:00

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


Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur »
2 Nov 2017, 18:48

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurThe daughter's name is Nicarri.


What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program »
8 Mar 2017, 18:46

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


Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls »
13 Jan 2016, 23:22

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


Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States »
22 Sep 2015, 23:29

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






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