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  • WRAPUP 1-Facing global pressure, Brazil's Bolsonaro may send army to curb Amazon fires

    Amid growing global condemnation, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he may mobilize the army to help combat a record number of fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest. The Trump administration said it was "deeply concerned" about the wildfires and European leaders ratcheted up criticism of Brazil's handling of the crisis, which now looks set to be discussed at a summit of G7 leaders in France this weekend. French President Emmanuel Macron's office went so far as to accuse Bolsonaro of lying when he downplayed concerns over climate change at the G20 summit in June, and said that France would now oppose the E.U.-Mercosur farming deal struck in June between the European Union and the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:35:49 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Trump comments on China spook Wall Street

    U.S. stock indexes slumped nearly 2% on Friday after President Donald Trump told U.S. companies they should look for ways to close their China operations, following Beijing's announcement that it would impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Trump's assertion that the U.S. would be "far better off" without China wiped out what would have been Wall Street's first weekly gain since July, while also knocking back the impact of a speech by Federal Reserve Chief Jerome Powell supporting further cuts in interest rates.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:35:47 -0400
  • The former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair is said to have found a dead cat's head outside his home after the magazine began pursuing a story about Jeffrey Epstein

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    NPR has dug into allegations that Jeffrey Epstein used intimidation tactics to stop stories that covered allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:35:40 -0400
  • Teacher who says she killed man is put with victim's sibling

    Officials say a Tennessee substitute teacher who told police she killed a young man in a drug deal was then assigned to a classroom with the victim's sibling. Nashville police say Kadijah Griffis told investigators she had been selling marijuana when Mykal Prime attacked her and she shot him on July 24. Griffis claims self-defense and has not been charged.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:34:55 -0400
  • Family of first enslaved Africans in America marks 400 years

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    A family that traces its bloodline to America's first enslaved Africans said Friday that their ancestors endured unimaginable toil and hardship — but they also helped forge the nation. "Four hundred years ago, our family started building America, can I get an Amen?" Wanda Tucker said before a crowd in the Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia. Tucker, a college professor in Arizona, spoke at one of several events in Virginia this weekend that will mark the arrival of more than 30 enslaved Africans at a spot on the Chesapeake Bay in August 1619.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:33:06 -0400
  • Illinois reports death from lung illness linked to vaping

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    The individual's gender and age and when he or she died were not immediately disclosed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The number of reported cases of people who used e-cigarettes or vaped and have been hospitalized with respiratory problems has doubled in the past week to 22, the department said. "The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous," Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:30:58 -0400
  • 2020 Vision: Democratic field continues to shrink as Inslee and Moulton drop out

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    The presidential primary field further winnowed this week, with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announcing their withdrawals.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:27:20 -0400
  • Mom had boasted of kids on social media before shootings

    A Georgia woman who is believed to have fatally shot her grown son and daughter before killing herself had bragged about her children on social media not long before the bodies were discovered. Atlanta area news outlets report that 58-year-old Marsha Edwards wrote on Instagram that she "could not ask for better children," hours before she was found dead Wednesday at her Cobb County town house. Police also found the bodies of 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II and 20-year-old Erin Edwards.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:23:40 -0400
  • Boris Johnson prepares to take his place on world stage

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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has endeavored to lead his country since he was a boy, will get his first moment on the world stage in his new role at the Group of Seven summit in France this weekend. The man who has said his life's ambition as a child was to be "world king" could be the shortest-serving prime minister in British history if he fails in his high-stakes gambit to force the European Union to reopen Brexit talks. As Johnson prepares to meet with world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, at the seaside resort of Biarritz, opponents at home are plotting to bring him down with a no-confidence vote after Parliament returns from its summer recess next month.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:20:17 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Oil dragged into U.S.-China trade war, prices slump

    China on Friday threatened to impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil imports for the first time, sending prices down nearly 4% to two-week lows as the escalating bilateral trade war fed worries over a slowdown in global oil demand. China said crude would be among the U.S. products hit by tariffs of 5% as of Sept. 1. U.S. President Donald Trump responded with a series of tweets ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:17:36 -0400
  • France's Macron to push for charter on biodiversity at G7 summit

    French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he would put pressure on the United States to sign a charter on biodiversity. It is for the first time, at this G7, that we will sign a charter for biodiversity, we are committed to this, it will be signed by all," he said in an interview with news website Konbini in the garden of his Elysee palace.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:17:12 -0400
  • Printer who nixed gay pride shirt goes to Ky. Supreme Court

    A Kentucky print shop owner who refused to make a gay pride T-shirt argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court that he shouldn't be compelled to promote messages that go against his religious beliefs. Blaine Adamson is owner of Hands-On Originals in Lexington and declined to print a shirt promoting an LGBT pride festival in 2012. An attorney for the Human Rights Commission says the T-shirt maker cannot pick and choose who it wants to serve in the Lexington community.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:04:20 -0400
  • Merck Canada says new drug price regulations are unconstitutional

    The Canadian government announced final regulations that give new powers to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) earlier this month, and published them in an official register on Wednesday. Health Canada, Canada's federal health department, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:03:11 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-India Inc grows impatient as economy dips and Modi is distracted

    When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was re-elected in May with a sweeping majority, Indian stock markets jumped to all-time highs as investors anticipated big bang pro-business reforms to revive a flagging economy. Several businessmen say Modi's government needs to take swift action on the economy, but instead it seems preoccupied with the situation in Kashmir, which is under a lockdown after authorities curtailed the autonomy of the restive region. "The speed of decision-making is very good for example in Kashmir, but the speed of decision-making on business matters is not good," said Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group, which sells everything from electronics to chemicals.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:00:13 -0400
  • WRAPUP 1-Trump orders U.S. firms out of China after Beijing sets new tariffs

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Aug 23 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has ordered American companies to exit China after Beijing unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods, throwing a new twist into the bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies. Trump said on Twitter he will issue a response to China's latest tariff plan on Friday afternoon.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:58:36 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Italy's 5-Star, PD make early progress in talks on new govt

    The first day of talks between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to form a new Italian government ended on Friday with both sides reporting progress and 5-Star pushing the agenda. The opposition PD said it conditionally accepted what 5-Star had presented as its key demand - a reduction in the number of lawmakers in parliament. President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday gave the parties five days to clinch a deal to avoid a snap election that would be likely to reward the hard-right League Party, which pulled the plug on its year-long coalition with 5-Star.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:57:38 -0400
  • Authorities probe Sacramento light rail crash, 27 injured

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    An investigation was underway Friday to determine why a Sacramento light rail commuter train struck a maintenance train, injuring 27 people. The accident occurred around 9:40 p.m. Thursday and was initially believed to be a derailment, but Sacramento Regional Transit spokeswoman Devra Selenis confirmed Friday that it was a crash. The maintenance train was not moving at the time, Selenis said in an email to The Associated Press.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:56:37 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Zimbabwe police arrest 10 union officials as clampdown deepens

    Zimbabwe police arrested 10 union officials on Friday as they tried to lobby the finance minister over low pay for teachers, witnesses said, extending a government clampdown on dissent that has hobbled the country's main opposition. Police with batons bundled the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe officials into a truck outside the finance ministry. The union had been trying to present a petition to finance minister Mthuli Ncube over teachers' salaries, which average around 500 Zimbabwe dollars ($50) a month.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:55:20 -0400
  • Prosecutor: Parking lot shooter was a 'vigilante'

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    A prosecutor told jurors the white man who fatally shot an unarmed black man after being shoved to the ground is a "vigilante" who carried a handgun because he liked provoking confrontations. Prosecutor Scott Rosenwasser told jurors during closing arguments Friday in Clearwater, Florida, that Michael Drejka provoked Markeis McGlockton to shove him by yelling at McGlockton's girlfriend because she was parked in a handicapped-assessable space and then fired as the 28-year-old McGlockton started to flee. Rosenwasser said the 49-year-old Drejka is guilty of manslaughter because he had no reasonable belief that he was about to be seriously injured or killed during the July 2018 altercation.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:53:50 -0400
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce rejects Trump call on business with China

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce rebuffed President Donald Trump's call Friday that U.S. businesses begin immediately looking for alternatives for operations in China after China said it was imposing new retaliatory tariffs. "While we share the president’s frustration, we believe that continued, constructive engagement is the right way forward," said Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of international Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a statement, urging both sides to quickly reach a trade deal.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:52:55 -0400
  • DOJ: Immigration facility shouldn't have to pay minimum wage

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    The Trump administration is opposing Washington state's effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration detention center pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, laundry, janitorial, maintenance and barbershop tasks. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan has already issued some key rulings in the state's favor.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:51:11 -0400
  • Who's running for president in 2020?

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    Following Democrats' sweeping victories in the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections, many in the party were eagerly anticipating the 2020 presidential election and the opportunity to unseat President Donald Trump. The field of candidates is large and following the first Democratic debates in Miami, the field lost its first candidate. The senior senator from Colorado announced his presidential bid during a May 2 appearance on CBS This Morning, just weeks after a successful prostate cancer operation.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:49:00 -0400
  • 'Upskirting' abuse arrest in Spain brings calls for new laws

    Spain has been urged to take a tougher line on sexual predators who take photographs underneath women's clothes without consent after a man was accused of taking such images of more than 500 women and girls. Spanish police this week announced the arrest of a 53-year-old Colombian man accused of making covert recordings of victims including children and posting them onto pornographic websites. "Upskirting and other forms of tech-related invasions of privacy are a growing and urgent problem and a form of violence against women," said Heather Barr from the women's rights division at Human Rights Watch.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:42:35 -0400
  • Zimbabwe comedian is latest in torture of government critics

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    A wave of abductions, torture and arrests in Zimbabwe are targeting opposition activists and other government critics, the latest being a popular comedian dragged from her home by armed and masked men. Barely two years after euphoric scenes engulfed Zimbabwe following the forced resignation of former repressive ruler Robert Mugabe, frustration and fear have returned. Comedian Samantha Kureya was this week dragged from her bed, stripped naked and tortured by masked men with assault rifles for skits perceived as anti-government.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:40:37 -0400
  • France opens rape investigation into Epstein abuse

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    French prosecutors said on Friday they had opened an inquiry into the suspected rape and sexual abuse of minors linked to the scandal surrounding disgraced US multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The move came after growing calls for French investigators to look into allegations of abuse at Epstein's sumptuous apartment near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. “The investigations... will focus on potential crimes against French victims committed on national territory as well as abroad, and on perpetrators who are French citizens,” Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a statement. The potential charges could include the rape and sexual assault of minors aged 15 and over, the prosecutors said. It will also investigate claims Epstein and others participated for years in a vast child sex trafficking ring. The move came after US investigators turned up links in France in their probe into the disgraced financier, who was found hanged at his New York jail cell on August 10 while awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges. He had been arrested five weeks earlier after flying back to the United States after a trip to Paris. Earlier this week Innocence in Danger, a French charity working to protect children against sexual violence, said it had collected 10 witness statements involving alleged sexual crimes involving minors that took place in France. The testimonies were from both victims and those who had witnessed alleged abuse, “probably at the hands of French people,” the NGO's head Homayra Sellier told AFP. Some but not all of the victims were French. Investigators are likely to be asking questions about a formerly powerful French modelling tycoon in his 70s named Jean-Luc Brunel, a close friend of Epstein. Four years ago, Brunel was named in a civil lawsuit in which he was accused of rape and procuring young girls for the US financier. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who filed the suit, accused Epstein of using her as a “sex slave” and said she had been forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen, including Brunel. She also alleged that Brunel would bring girls as young as 12 to the United States and pass them on to his friends, including Epstein. Shortly afterwards, Brunel issued a rare statement that itself broke years of silence in which he vehemently denied involvement, “directly or indirectly”, in Epstein's crimes. Like various other former allies of the late billionaire, Brunel has not been heard of since Epstein was charged in early July. Earlier this month, Innocence in Danger urged French investigators to “shed light on” what went on behind the walls of Epstein's Paris apartment, where Brunel was a regular visitor. Two French government ministers have also demanded action, saying the US inquiry had exposed links with France that needed investigating. “The verifications and cross-checking undertaken on the basis of elements submitted to prosecutors and exchanges with the American authorities in the context of the Epstein affair have prompted the Paris prosecutor's office to open a preliminary inquiry,” Friday's statement said. Epstein, who at one time counted Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Britain's Prince Andrew among his friends, has been linked to a string of sordid abuses involving underage girls at his Palm Beach home and on his private Caribbean island. He has been accused of recruiting young girls to administer massages which frequently led to abuse and even rape. His address book, which was made public in 2015 through the Gawker website, included dozens of names listed under “massages”, some 30 of which were in France.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:40:05 -0400
  • Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo: WHO

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    Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and disinformation on social media, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The latest infections include the mysterious case of a woman in her 70s with no known history of travel or visitors, said Dr. Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies department. The woman, in the remote village of Pinga in the northeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, may have caught the deadly hemorrhagic fever by eating bushmeat or from another animal source, he said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:34:42 -0400
  • Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

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    President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately struck its target more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. The test came after Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:34:35 -0400
  • APNewsBreak: US government unveils final Utah monument plan

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    The U.S. government's final management plan for land in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn't include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year. The Bureau of Land Management's plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southwestern Utah codifies that the lands cut out of the monument will be open to mineral extraction such as oil, gas and coal as expected, according to a plan the agency provided to The Associated Press. The agency chose an option that doesn't add any areas of critical environmental concern, increases lands open to cattle grazing and could raise the potential for "adverse effects" on lands and resources in the monument, the document shows.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:34:27 -0400
  • Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo - WHO

    Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and disinformation on social media, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The latest infections include the mysterious case of a woman in her 70s with no known history of travel or visitors, said Dr. Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies department. The woman, in the remote village of Pinga in the northeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, may have caught the deadly haemorrhagic fever by eating bushmeat or from another animal source, he said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:30:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Citgo profits hit by fallout from split, sees 2H improvement -CEO

    The two new top executives at Citgo Petroleum disclosed this week that net income in the second quarter slid to less than half its level a year earlier, hit by a broad slump for the refining industry as well as complications from U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Citgo's split with state-run oil company PDVSA. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Jorda and Chairwoman Luisa Palacios on Thursday laid out a plan to rebuild profits, pay down debt and invest in operations after a jarring split this year from parent Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:30:04 -0400
  • Man arrested for terrorism after sending threatening email to ABC Nashville affiliate

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    ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN-TV received a threatening email on Wednesday, authorities said, allegedly from Nathan Semans, who also expressed his displeasure toward President Donald Trump. The news station flagged the email to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and state troopers subsequently secured an arrest warrant to charge Semans with commission of act of terrorism, a felony.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:24:51 -0400
  • Enraged Trump likens Fed chief to 'enemy' China

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    President Donald Trump reacted furiously on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell linked the trade war with China to risks to the U.S. economy, asking whether the man he handpicked to run the U.S. central bank was a greater "enemy" than Chinese leader Xi Jinping. "As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can 'speak' without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly," Trump wrote on Twitter. It was unclear what Trump meant when he said he would work "brilliantly" with both, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:22:25 -0400
  • Teacher committed after describing mass shooting, bombing

    Authorities say a Florida teacher was forcibly committed for a mental evaluation after he told his students how he would carry out a mass killing if he were an active shooter. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says Lakeland High School math teacher Keith Cook was taken into custody Monday under Florida's Baker Act and transported to a mental health facility. The Lakeland Ledger reports Cook made statements to his students during a lockdown drill on what to do if a gunman is on campus.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:22:21 -0400
  • Oil dragged into U.S.-China trade war, prices slump

    China threatened to impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil for the first time in the escalating bilateral trade war, sending prices to two-week lows on Friday as that compounded worries about a slowdown in global oil demand. China said crude would be among the U.S. products hit by tariffs of 5% as of Sept. 1. U.S. President Donald Trump said he would offer a response later on Friday.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:19:46 -0400
  • As Malta disembarks migrants more charity-govt clashes loom

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    Pledges by six European countries to accept over 350 migrants from a rescue ship in the central Mediterranean on Friday capped weeks of standoffs between charities and governments that have dramatically exposed Europe's inability to deal with sea migration from Africa. The increasingly fewer charity groups running rescue missions are vowing to return to maritime routes from Libya. Meanwhile, Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, blames the charities for aiding human trafficking mafias, part of a tough approach that has pushed up his popularity — and emboldened him to provoke a government crisis that could result in early elections.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:19:45 -0400
  • Enraged Trump likens U.S. Fed chief to "enemy" China

    President Donald Trump reacted furiously on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell linked the trade war with China to risks to the U.S. economy, asking whether the man he handpicked to run the U.S. central bank was a greater "enemy" than Chinese leader Xi Jinping. "As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can 'speak' without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly," Trump wrote on Twitter. It was unclear what Trump meant when he said he would work "brilliantly" with both, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:19:39 -0400
  • Turkey's Erdogan says he will discuss Syria's Idlib with Trump

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he would discuss developments in northwestern Syria in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming days, as Syrian government forces pressed on with their offensive in the region. Earlier on Friday, Erdogan told Russia's Vladimir Putin in a phone call that the offensive was causing a humanitarian crisis and posed a threat to Turkey's security, after the Syrian army drove out the last rebel fighters from the Hama countryside. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 18th anniversary of the foundation of his AK Party, Erdogan said Turkey aimed to establish an "area of peace" along its southern borders.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:12:38 -0400
  • New York Uber driver arraigned for allegedly kidnapping teen girl during ride home from Sweet 16: DA

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    A New York Uber driver has been arraigned for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old girl during her ride home from a Sweet 16 party, prosecutors said. Sean Williams, 32, was arraigned this week on, among other charges, kidnapping. The victim managed to escape during the July incident, the Nassau County District Attorney's Office said in a statement on Thursday.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:12:00 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-As Amazon fires rage, Brazil tells diplomats to fix image

    Stung by a global outcry over deforestation and wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has launched a diplomatic offensive to persuade the international community of its environmental credentials. President Jair Bolsonaro's administration has distributed a 12-page circular to its foreign embassies, outlining data and statistics that diplomats are meant to cite to defend the government's position on the crisis. The circular, reviewed by Reuters and reported here for the first time, attempts to address 59 areas where Brazil has come under fire, by citing various policies and data.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:11:39 -0400
  • British man choked to death in 'row over noise' while holidaying with wife and child in Thailand

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    A British tourist holidaying with his wife and baby son was choked to death in a fight at a hotel on the Thai island of Phuket on Wednesday. According to local police, Amitpal Sing Bajaj, 34, died in the early hours of Wednesday after an altercation with a man staying in the hotel room next to his family's. Roger Bullman, a 54-year-old Norwegian reported to be a martial arts expert, was charged with manslaughter and trespass by act of violence. Colonel Prawit Sutthirueangarun, the police chief, told The Phuket News that the two men clashed in the five-star Centara Grand Resort on Phuket’s west coast after Mr Bajaj complained that Mr Bullman was making too much noise. Officers called to the hotel at around 4am found Mr Bajaj face down in front of his room, while Mr Bullman had a wound on his left shoulder and bruises on his face. Police alleged Mr Bajaj had taken a steak knife to confront the Norwegian and had stabbed him in the shoulder, while at least one bottle was used in the fight. Speaking of Mr Bajaj, Colonel Prawit said: “His nose and mouth were bleeding. His breathing was weak.” Mr Bajaj was taken to Phuket’s Patong Hospital, where he died. His wife, a Singaporean who has not been named, said that Mr Bullman was singing on his balcony before her husband confronted him. She claimed that Mr Bullman later kicked down a door to get to the family’s room. Roger Bullman, a 53-year-old man from Oslo, Norway, has been detained by Thai police Credit: Viral Press Maj Techin, another police officer responding to the incident, told The Phuket News: “The suspect did admit he had the victim in a choke hold. The Norwegian man told me that he just wanted to stop the victim, but he used too much strength.” Colonel Prawit added: “Mr Bullman was bigger and stronger, and had Mr Bajaj in a hold with his arm across his neck… a security guard arrived at the scene and saw Mr Bullman on top of Mr Bajaj while choking him with his arm. The security guard shouted at Mr Bullman to stop, which he did immediately.” Mr Bullman was reportedly staying in the resort with his wife, and was released by officers after posting bail at Phuket Provincial Court. Norwegian media reported that bail was posted at around 200,000 baht (£5,300). If convicted of manslaughter Mr Bullman faces up to 15 years in jail. His charge of trespass by act of violence carries a fine of up to 10,000 baht (£266) and a potential jail sentence of up to five years. Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular holiday destinations, with over five million tourists heading there each year. At 210 square miles it is the southeast Asian country’s largest island, with crowds drawn to its beaches, national parks and luxury resorts. In 2017 around one million British nationals visited Thailand.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:09:29 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street tumbles as Trump escalates trade dispute with China

    Wall Street's three main indexes lost more than 1% on Friday after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. companies "to immediately start looking for an alternative to China" in response to Beijing's threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Trump gave no detail on how he might proceed with any such order, although he said he would be offering a response later on Friday. Earlier in the day, China vowed to impose additional tariffs on goods worth $75 billion that include agricultural products, crude oil, small aircraft and cars.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:08:56 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks and oil fall, yen rallies as Trump threatens counter to China tariffs

    A global stock index fell alongside oil prices and U.S. yields after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to further escalate his trade war with China "this afternoon" after a new round of retaliation tariffs from Beijing. Earlier on Friday China's commerce ministry said in a statement it would impose tariffs on about $75 billion in imports from the United States including some agricultural products, crude oil and small aircraft. Trump cannot compel U.S. companies to abandon China and he gave no detail on how he might proceed with any such order.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:08:36 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-British Airways pilots to strike for three days in September

    British Airways pilots are to go on strike for three days in September, their union said on Friday, in a dispute over pay that could disrupt the peak summer holiday season. Last month, the pilots overwhelmingly voted for industrial action and the airline, which is part of IAG, failed in a court bid to stop them. "The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has today given notice to British Airways that it will call on its members to strike on 9th, 10th and 27th September 2019," the union said in a statement.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:05:55 -0400
  • Hungary investigating local angles of Microsoft bribery case

    Hungarian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation into a bribery scheme involving Microsoft's Hungarian office. The Central Investigative Chief Prosecution Office said Friday that its probe is focusing on "fraud causing extraordinarily significant damages" and other crimes. In July, the software company agreed to pay over $25 million in the United States to settle federal corruption charges involving the case in Hungary and other foreign offices.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:05:35 -0400
  • Brazil's indigenous people swear to fight for Amazon 'to last drop of blood'

    Members of Brazil's Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs as they headed into the jungle this week, prepared for battle. There are more than 18,000 Mura that live in Amazonas state, the largest and best-preserved state in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, according to data compiled by the non-government organization Instituto Socioambiental. "With each passing day, we see the destruction advance: deforestation, invasion, logging," said Handerch Wakana Mura, one of several leaders of a tribal clan of more than 60 people.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:03:55 -0400
  • Ryanair to shut four Spanish base next year: union

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    Ryanair has decided to close its Spanish bases in Las Palmas, Tenerife South, Lanzarote and Girona from January, putting the jobs of more than 500 pilots and cabin crew at risk, the local USO union said on Friday. Ryanair told staff last month it planned to cut its presence on the ground at airports due to delays in the delivery of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX, that has left it with 900 more pilots and crew than it needs. The airline's chief people officer told Reuters last week that it would likely close its base in the Portuguese city of Faro and two on the Canary Islands but that a final decision had yet to be made on how many bases, jobs and routes would go.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:03:08 -0400
  • For some, currency wars may not be fun or easy to win

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    It's a maxim for private investors: Don't fight the Fed. The lesson may apply to central banks in developing nations as well, according to new research presented on Friday that concluded using monetary policy to fight a currency war may ultimately lead to self-inflicted wounds. For developing nations at least, when a central bank like the Fed acts and global capital flows shift, the interest rates needed to keep the local currency from changing value are likely to throw monetary policy out of line with what the local economy needs.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:01:03 -0400
  • German government sees economy sliding into recession -Der Spiegel

    The German government expects Europe's largest economy to slide into recession in the third quarter, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday. The government forecasts output will contract slightly in the July-September period as it did in the second quarter, the magazine said, citing an internal document from the chancellery. A recession is usually defined as at least two quarters of contraction in a row.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:00 -0400
  • Citgo profits hit by fallout from split, sees 2H improvement -CEO

    The two new top executives at Citgo Petroleum disclosed this week that net income in the second quarter slid to less than half its level a year earlier, hit by a broad slump for the refining industry as well as complications from U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Citgo's split with state-run oil company PDVSA. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Jorda and Chairwoman Luisa Palacios on Thursday laid out a plan to rebuild profits, pay down debt and invest in operations after a jarring split this year from parent Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:00 -0400
  • Man faces life for murder after initial confessions doubted

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    A man whose confessions in the 1998 murder of a Montana teenager were initially met with skepticism from authorities faces life in prison during a sentencing scheduled for Friday. Zachary David O'Neill is due to appear in state district court in Billings for the murder of 18-year-old video store clerk Miranda Fenner and the rape and attempted murder of a second woman during the same time period. O'Neill confessed to Fenner's slaying as early as 2016 while at a psychiatric hospital in Spokane, Washington.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:57:43 -0400
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