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  • 2/71   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
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    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

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


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  • 3/71   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
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    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

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


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  • 4/71   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

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


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  • 5/71   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com

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


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  • 6/71   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

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


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  • 7/71   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

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


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  • 8/71   Do star athletes make too much money?
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    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

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


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  • 9/71   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
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    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

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


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  • 10/71   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 11/71   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

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


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  • 12/71   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

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


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  • 13/71   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

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


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  • 14/71   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

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


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  • 15/71   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

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


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  • 16/71   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

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


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  • 17/71   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

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

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


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  • 18/71   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

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

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


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  • 19/71   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 20/71   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

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

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


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  • 21/71   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

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

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


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  • 22/71   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

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

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


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  • 23/71   Europe Stocks Jump, U.S. Futures Rise; Oil Steady: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- Stocks jumped in Europe while U.S. index futures edged higher as investors digested the latest corporate news and promising economic data out of Germany, setting aside for now fears over a deadly virus spreading from China. Oil steadied after a three-day slide.Advances in retail and travel shares pushed the Stoxx Europe 600 Index toward its biggest gain in five weeks, more than erasing losses from the entire week. Bayer AG rose on speculation it could settle Roundup litigation talks in the U.S. Contracts on the three main gauges on Wall Street pointed to a firm open. The common currency fluctuated after purchasing manager reports were strong for Germany, yet missed forecasts for the euro area. PMI statistics for the U.S. will be released later today.Officials in China widened their travel ban beyond the outbreak’s epicenter, yet the World Health Organization stopped short of calling the virus a global health emergency. Markets in mainland China and South Korea were shut for the lunar new year holidays, and Hong Kong closed early with a modest gain. Treasuries dipped alongside European sovereign bonds.While investors remain cautious with global stocks trading close to all-time highs, corporate earnings are topping expectations and slew of data this month has validated forecasts for a recovery in the global economy. Still, traders remain cognizant of the chance the virus develops into a more devastating pandemic like the SARS illness that emerged in China 17 years ago.“Drastic steps, such as city-wide quarantine measures, can be a double-edged sword when it comes to market impact,” ING senior rates strategist Antoine Bouvet wrote in morning note. “On the one hand they signal the authorities are taking the problem seriously and help containment, on the other hand, they help paint a dramatic picture to investors unfamiliar with dealing with this sort of risk.”These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index gained 0.3% as of 9:24 a.m. London time.Nasdaq 100 Index futures increased 0.4%.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index surged 1.2%.Germany’s DAX Index surged 1.4%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The British pound jumped 0.2% to $1.3152.The euro was little changed at $1.1051.The Japanese yen declined 0.1% to 109.61 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained two basis points to 1.75%.The yield on two-year Treasuries gained one basis point to 1.53%.Britain’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to 0.613%.Germany’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to -0.29%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.3% to $55.73 a barrel.Gold sank 0.2% to $1,559.04 an ounce.Iron ore advanced 0.6% to $91.34 per metric ton.\--With assistance from David Wilson and Cecile Gutscher.To contact the reporters on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.net;Constantine Courcoulas in Athens at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Stocks jumped in Europe while U.S. index futures edged higher as investors digested the latest corporate news and promising economic data out of Germany, setting aside for now fears over a deadly virus spreading from China. Oil steadied after a three-day slide.Advances in retail and travel shares pushed the Stoxx Europe 600 Index toward its biggest gain in five weeks, more than erasing losses from the entire week. Bayer AG rose on speculation it could settle Roundup litigation talks in the U.S. Contracts on the three main gauges on Wall Street pointed to a firm open. The common currency fluctuated after purchasing manager reports were strong for Germany, yet missed forecasts for the euro area. PMI statistics for the U.S. will be released later today.Officials in China widened their travel ban beyond the outbreak’s epicenter, yet the World Health Organization stopped short of calling the virus a global health emergency. Markets in mainland China and South Korea were shut for the lunar new year holidays, and Hong Kong closed early with a modest gain. Treasuries dipped alongside European sovereign bonds.While investors remain cautious with global stocks trading close to all-time highs, corporate earnings are topping expectations and slew of data this month has validated forecasts for a recovery in the global economy. Still, traders remain cognizant of the chance the virus develops into a more devastating pandemic like the SARS illness that emerged in China 17 years ago.“Drastic steps, such as city-wide quarantine measures, can be a double-edged sword when it comes to market impact,” ING senior rates strategist Antoine Bouvet wrote in morning note. “On the one hand they signal the authorities are taking the problem seriously and help containment, on the other hand, they help paint a dramatic picture to investors unfamiliar with dealing with this sort of risk.”These are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index gained 0.3% as of 9:24 a.m. London time.Nasdaq 100 Index futures increased 0.4%.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index surged 1.2%.Germany’s DAX Index surged 1.4%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.The British pound jumped 0.2% to $1.3152.The euro was little changed at $1.1051.The Japanese yen declined 0.1% to 109.61 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries gained two basis points to 1.75%.The yield on two-year Treasuries gained one basis point to 1.53%.Britain’s 10-year yield climbed two basis points to 0.613%.Germany’s 10-year yield jumped two basis points to -0.29%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.3% to $55.73 a barrel.Gold sank 0.2% to $1,559.04 an ounce.Iron ore advanced 0.6% to $91.34 per metric ton.\--With assistance from David Wilson and Cecile Gutscher.To contact the reporters on this story: Adam Haigh in Sydney at ahaigh1@bloomberg.net;Constantine Courcoulas in Athens at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Todd WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 24/71   China shuts down 13 cities as virus toll climbs
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    Chinese authorities rapidly expanded a mammoth quarantine effort aimed at containing a deadly contagion on Friday to 13 cities and a staggering 41 million people, as nervous residents were checked for fevers and the death toll climbed to 26.  While the World Health Organization (WHO) held off on declaring a global emergency despite confirmed cases in half a dozen other countries, China expanded its lockdown to cover an area with a total population greater than Canada's.  A range of Lunar New Year festivities have been cancelled, while temporary closures of Beijing's Forbidden City, Shanghai's Disneyland and a section of the Great Wall were announced to prevent the disease from spreading further.

    Chinese authorities rapidly expanded a mammoth quarantine effort aimed at containing a deadly contagion on Friday to 13 cities and a staggering 41 million people, as nervous residents were checked for fevers and the death toll climbed to 26. While the World Health Organization (WHO) held off on declaring a global emergency despite confirmed cases in half a dozen other countries, China expanded its lockdown to cover an area with a total population greater than Canada's. A range of Lunar New Year festivities have been cancelled, while temporary closures of Beijing's Forbidden City, Shanghai's Disneyland and a section of the Great Wall were announced to prevent the disease from spreading further.


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  • 25/71   itelligence AG Publishes Key Figures for Fiscal Year 2019
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    itelligence AG continued its growth over 2019 as a whole. itelligence generated revenue growth of 12.2% to BEUR 1.040 as against MEUR 926.6 in the previous year, thus achieving a figure in excess of one billion for the first time. Both organic growth (+8.4%) and newly acquired companies in the UK, Brazil and Sweden (+3.8%) contributed to this rise in revenue. EBITA for the year as a whole climbed significantly by 37.1% to MEUR 42.5 after MEUR 31.0 in the previous year. Orders on hand at itelligence AG amounted to BEUR 1.032 as of December 31, 2019, up 5.1% on the previous year's figure of MEUR 982.1 as of December 31, 2018.

    itelligence AG continued its growth over 2019 as a whole. itelligence generated revenue growth of 12.2% to BEUR 1.040 as against MEUR 926.6 in the previous year, thus achieving a figure in excess of one billion for the first time. Both organic growth (+8.4%) and newly acquired companies in the UK, Brazil and Sweden (+3.8%) contributed to this rise in revenue. EBITA for the year as a whole climbed significantly by 37.1% to MEUR 42.5 after MEUR 31.0 in the previous year. Orders on hand at itelligence AG amounted to BEUR 1.032 as of December 31, 2019, up 5.1% on the previous year's figure of MEUR 982.1 as of December 31, 2018.


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  • 26/71   South Africa mine deaths fall to record low in 2019
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    South Africa saw the lowest number of mine deaths on record last year, with 51 people killed compared to 81 the previous year, the mines ministry said on Friday.  'The lowest recorded fatalities in 2019 at 51 shows that there's a possibility of a fatality-free mining industry and that's what we are striving for,' the ministry cited Minister Gwede Mantashe as saying in comments posted on Twitter.  A poor safety record has contributed to slower investment at some South African mines in recent years, along with depressed commodities prices and rising labour and power costs.

    South Africa saw the lowest number of mine deaths on record last year, with 51 people killed compared to 81 the previous year, the mines ministry said on Friday. 'The lowest recorded fatalities in 2019 at 51 shows that there's a possibility of a fatality-free mining industry and that's what we are striving for,' the ministry cited Minister Gwede Mantashe as saying in comments posted on Twitter. A poor safety record has contributed to slower investment at some South African mines in recent years, along with depressed commodities prices and rising labour and power costs.


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  • 27/71   Hong Kong life insurers bet on return of mainland customers to reverse a three-year slump in policy sales
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    Some Hong Kong life insurance companies are placing their hopes on the return of more mainland Chinese customers to the city to help reverse a three-year slump in sales even as China and Hong Kong's economies are slowing in tandem.Part of their optimism is based on the sense that anti-government protests in the Asian financial hub are subsiding since the start of the new year, after a period of violent clashes towards the end of 2019.

    Some Hong Kong life insurance companies are placing their hopes on the return of more mainland Chinese customers to the city to help reverse a three-year slump in sales even as China and Hong Kong's economies are slowing in tandem.Part of their optimism is based on the sense that anti-government protests in the Asian financial hub are subsiding since the start of the new year, after a period of violent clashes towards the end of 2019."We are confident that there will be more mainland customers coming to Hong Kong this year to buy insurance products as the life policies here offer good investment returns and protections," said Allan Yu Kin-nam, the newly appointed chief executive officer of Tahoe Life. "What we need to do is prepare our staff and provide them with suitable products."Tahoe Life plans to offer more life and medical protection products favoured by mainland tourists, he said in an interview. It will also double its sales agents to 250 and its insurance brokerage partners to 200, he added.Sales of life policies to mainland customers more than doubled to HK$72.68 billion (US$9.4 billion) in 2016 from a year earlier, aided by an influx of Chinese tourists, according to data published by Hong Kong's Insurance Authority. That equalled to about 40 cents for every one dollar of policy sold in the city. Sales slumped to just under HK$36 billion in the first nine months last year, according to official data. Hong Kong's insurance sales to mainland customers fall amid ralliesAllan Yu, chief executive officer of Tahoe Life Insurance. Photo: Dickson Lee alt=Allan Yu, chief executive officer of Tahoe Life Insurance. Photo: Dickson Lee"The Hong Kong life policies can invest freely in international stock and bond markets, offering potentially higher return and diversification," Wong said. "In the mainland, many policies need to observe a lot of restrictions. At the same time, they can only invest minimally in assets overseas." Hong Kong's insurance sales to mainland Chinese policy holders plunge as daily images of mayhem and protest rallies deter arrivalsAt Prudential Hong Kong, chief executive Derek Yung Kai-ming also believes the sales of insurance policies to mainland visitors will rebound back this year. While China's economy may have slowed down, growth is still much higher than Europe or other western markets, which can support demand for high quality insurance products in Hong Kong."Hong Kong is a city which can always bounce back from crisis as history has shown, which is why I believe that mainland tourists will come back this year after the social unrest," Yung said. "It is also due to the demand issue. China has an ageing population, many of the over 1.4 billion people need insurance for life, retirement, medical and others. Hong Kong is an ideal market to shop for these products." Hong Kong-China 'insurance connect' plan on hold as trade war, protests hit business environmentTahoe Life was formerly known as Dah Sing Life Assurance which was acquired by Tahoe Investment Group for HK$8.03 billion in 2017. The group was founded in 1993 by Fujian businessman Huang Qisen and has a diverse interest in real estate development, hospital and nursing home facilities and financial business.The life insurance unit is ranked the 13th largest among 71 players in Hong Kong, based on new annual premiums in 2018 serving the city's population of 7.5 million. Since Hong Kong stipulates that mainland Chinese tourists must buy insurance products in person, the drop in tourist arrivals have eroded sales in recent months.CEO Yu will be watching the tourist arrivals data for indications. Some 41.38 million mainland Chinese visited Hong Kong from January to November last year. In 2018, the number rose 15 per cent to 51.04 million.Yu said its parent company can refer clients to the Hong Kong insurance arm. Tahoe Life has rented a 12,000 sq feet floor area at Harbour City of Tsim Sha Tsui to offer VIP club services for clients from mainland China, he said."Local and mainland customers referred by our parent company can visit the VIP club to take a break, enjoy the sea view and have a cup of tea while we share our insurance products with them," Yu said. "Mainland tourists might not like to come during the protests in the past six months, but they will be back when order is restored in the city. I am confident in the long term growth of the Hong Kong insurance market."  This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2020. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.


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  • 28/71   The Winners of the World Finance Oil and Gas Awards 2019 Have Been Announced - Brought to you by World News Media
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    The most recent edition of World Finance magazine has revealed the recipients of its Oil and Gas Awards 2019, shining a light on the firms and individuals that have helped push this volatile industry to new heights. Against a backdrop of supply chain disruption, environmental challenges and price fluctuation, these organisations have ploughed on in the face of less than ideal conditions.

    The most recent edition of World Finance magazine has revealed the recipients of its Oil and Gas Awards 2019, shining a light on the firms and individuals that have helped push this volatile industry to new heights. Against a backdrop of supply chain disruption, environmental challenges and price fluctuation, these organisations have ploughed on in the face of less than ideal conditions.


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  • 29/71   CRU: Top NPK Market Forecasts for 2020
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    The NPK market continues to evolve as low cost phosphate producers attempt to diversify their product base. In 2019 imports soared in Myanmar, helping to raise Chinese exports to levels never seen before. Ukraine hit Russia with yet another set of trade sanctions, crushing NPK trade between the countries. Saudi Arabian NPK exports fizzled and disappointed, despite claims they would export hundreds of thousands of tonnes. We cover these topics and more, as well as our forecasts to 2024, in the latest edition of the NPK Market Outlook. To bring in the new year, we share some of our most significant forecasts for 2020 to provide some clarity to an opaque market.

    The NPK market continues to evolve as low cost phosphate producers attempt to diversify their product base. In 2019 imports soared in Myanmar, helping to raise Chinese exports to levels never seen before. Ukraine hit Russia with yet another set of trade sanctions, crushing NPK trade between the countries. Saudi Arabian NPK exports fizzled and disappointed, despite claims they would export hundreds of thousands of tonnes. We cover these topics and more, as well as our forecasts to 2024, in the latest edition of the NPK Market Outlook. To bring in the new year, we share some of our most significant forecasts for 2020 to provide some clarity to an opaque market.


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  • 30/71   The Elisa Oyj (HEL:ELISA) Share Price Has Gained 113%, So Why Not Pay It Some Attention?
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    The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put...

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  • 31/71   Suzuki Motor Corp says must respond to Dutch emissions probe by mid-Feb
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    Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp  is co-operating with the Dutch authorities over their findings its diesel vehicles had broken the country's emissions rules, and it is required to respond to the investigation by mid-February, it said on Friday.  The Dutch road authority ruled on Thursday that Suzuki's Vitara and Fiat Chrysler's  Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models broke emissions rules and must be fixed or face a ban on sales across Europe.  In a statement, Suzuki said diesel versions of its Vitara and S-Cross vehicles used engines and emissions software supplied by Fiat Chrysler.

    Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp is co-operating with the Dutch authorities over their findings its diesel vehicles had broken the country's emissions rules, and it is required to respond to the investigation by mid-February, it said on Friday. The Dutch road authority ruled on Thursday that Suzuki's Vitara and Fiat Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models broke emissions rules and must be fixed or face a ban on sales across Europe. In a statement, Suzuki said diesel versions of its Vitara and S-Cross vehicles used engines and emissions software supplied by Fiat Chrysler.


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  • 32/71   Should You Be Tempted To Sell XPO Logistics Europe SA (EPA:XPO) Because Of Its P/E Ratio?
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  • 33/71   Lagarde Warns Markets Not to Assume ECB Policy on Autopilot
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned investors not to assume that current monetary policy is locked in for the foreseeable future just because officials are focused on reviewing their strategy.“To those who think it’s on autopilot, that’s ridiculous,” she said in a Bloomberg Television interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Let’s look at the facts. Let’s look at how the economy evolves.”Lagarde spoke a day after announcing the first reappraisal of the ECB’s inflation goal and tools since 2003, in a process that won’t conclude until around December. With the euro-area economy stabilizing and a stimulus package already in place, few analysts see much chance of a change in policy any time soon.Economists predict the quantitative-easing program, which was resumed by former President Mario Draghi just before he handed over to Lagarde in November, will run until the end of next year, with interest rates on hold until early 2022. Markets aren’t pricing a change in rates until at least mid 2021.Still, the economic threats haven’t entirely subsided. Data published Friday showed private-sector activity remained muted at the beginning of 2020, despite signs of a pickup in Germany. In its policy meeting, the ECB continued to describe the risks to its outlook as tilted to the downside, if less pronounced. U.S. President Donald Trump used his appearance in Davos to revive the prospect of tariffs on Europe’s car industry.“The ECB is still far from bringing inflation to its target and we believe it will act in the next few months,” said Nick Kounis, an economist at ABN Amro in Amsterdam. “I don’t think a central bank like that can close the shop for a year.”Read more: Euro-Area Economic Growth Remains ‘Muted’ at Start of 2020Lagarde said the rethink will be separate from the monetary-policy decisions that the Governing Council takes every six weeks.Policy “will be conducted irrespective of the strategy review,” she said. “So to those who say it’s going to be completely static and stable for 12 months, I say ‘ah, watch out,’ because things change and we might have different signals and we might reconsider. We might. I don’t know at this point in time.”Scant DetailsDetails on precisely what policy makers will study in their review were scant on Thursday, beyond general observations that it will be wide-ranging and focus on topics such as financial stability and climate change. The key question for the ECB is why it has fallen short of its inflation goal of “below, but close to 2%” for years.Lagarde has her own views on what needs to be done but says she doesn’t want to disclose them for fear of influencing the debate before others have had their say. The intention is to reach out to academics and the wider public via national central banks.“I know some people are disappointed that we didn’t say much more,” Lagarde said. “But a strategy review starts here and finishes there, and you cannot say here what you’re going to do there -- otherwise you don’t do a strategy review.”Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau told Bloomberg Television in Davos that he believes the inflation goal must be “symmetric, flexible and credible” -- reflecting the debate over whether to set a precise 2% goal with a range of tolerance either side. He also stressed that the review will take time.For some ECB watchers, officials are effectively hinting that there is little urgency to share their thinking, and that they’re in no hurry to getting back to tweaking their current monetary stance either.“I get the sense that until the review is complete, or at least until you have some idea of what’s going to come out of it, it doesn’t make sense to be very activist,” said Peter Dixon, an economist at Commerzbank AG.The ECB also has less ammunition than it used to, giving it cause for caution before attempting more easing. Resorting to more QE, for example, might mean confronting self-imposed limits on the volume of purchases that could reopen wounds from a bitter showdown among policy makers last year. The program is particularly disliked by the Bundesbank, and indeed faces a ruling on its legality in Germany’s top court in March.The central bank isn’t alone in benefiting from what is, for now, a relatively benign economic outlook. Economists including those at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predict most major central banks, including the Federal Reserve, which meets next week, is likely to keep its monetary policy on hold for the rest of the year.Lagarde will discuss the global growth outlook at Davos later on Friday with a panel of luminaries including her Bank of Japan counterpart Haruhiko Kuroda, as well as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Kristalina Georgieva, her successor as head of the International Monetary Fund.(Updates with economic data, Villeroy comments starting in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Carolynn Look and Jana Randow.To contact the reporters on this story: Paul Gordon in Frankfurt at pgordon6@bloomberg.net;Francine Lacqua in London at flacqua@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Craig Stirling, Fergal O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned investors not to assume that current monetary policy is locked in for the foreseeable future just because officials are focused on reviewing their strategy.“To those who think it’s on autopilot, that’s ridiculous,” she said in a Bloomberg Television interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Let’s look at the facts. Let’s look at how the economy evolves.”Lagarde spoke a day after announcing the first reappraisal of the ECB’s inflation goal and tools since 2003, in a process that won’t conclude until around December. With the euro-area economy stabilizing and a stimulus package already in place, few analysts see much chance of a change in policy any time soon.Economists predict the quantitative-easing program, which was resumed by former President Mario Draghi just before he handed over to Lagarde in November, will run until the end of next year, with interest rates on hold until early 2022. Markets aren’t pricing a change in rates until at least mid 2021.Still, the economic threats haven’t entirely subsided. Data published Friday showed private-sector activity remained muted at the beginning of 2020, despite signs of a pickup in Germany. In its policy meeting, the ECB continued to describe the risks to its outlook as tilted to the downside, if less pronounced. U.S. President Donald Trump used his appearance in Davos to revive the prospect of tariffs on Europe’s car industry.“The ECB is still far from bringing inflation to its target and we believe it will act in the next few months,” said Nick Kounis, an economist at ABN Amro in Amsterdam. “I don’t think a central bank like that can close the shop for a year.”Read more: Euro-Area Economic Growth Remains ‘Muted’ at Start of 2020Lagarde said the rethink will be separate from the monetary-policy decisions that the Governing Council takes every six weeks.Policy “will be conducted irrespective of the strategy review,” she said. “So to those who say it’s going to be completely static and stable for 12 months, I say ‘ah, watch out,’ because things change and we might have different signals and we might reconsider. We might. I don’t know at this point in time.”Scant DetailsDetails on precisely what policy makers will study in their review were scant on Thursday, beyond general observations that it will be wide-ranging and focus on topics such as financial stability and climate change. The key question for the ECB is why it has fallen short of its inflation goal of “below, but close to 2%” for years.Lagarde has her own views on what needs to be done but says she doesn’t want to disclose them for fear of influencing the debate before others have had their say. The intention is to reach out to academics and the wider public via national central banks.“I know some people are disappointed that we didn’t say much more,” Lagarde said. “But a strategy review starts here and finishes there, and you cannot say here what you’re going to do there -- otherwise you don’t do a strategy review.”Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau told Bloomberg Television in Davos that he believes the inflation goal must be “symmetric, flexible and credible” -- reflecting the debate over whether to set a precise 2% goal with a range of tolerance either side. He also stressed that the review will take time.For some ECB watchers, officials are effectively hinting that there is little urgency to share their thinking, and that they’re in no hurry to getting back to tweaking their current monetary stance either.“I get the sense that until the review is complete, or at least until you have some idea of what’s going to come out of it, it doesn’t make sense to be very activist,” said Peter Dixon, an economist at Commerzbank AG.The ECB also has less ammunition than it used to, giving it cause for caution before attempting more easing. Resorting to more QE, for example, might mean confronting self-imposed limits on the volume of purchases that could reopen wounds from a bitter showdown among policy makers last year. The program is particularly disliked by the Bundesbank, and indeed faces a ruling on its legality in Germany’s top court in March.The central bank isn’t alone in benefiting from what is, for now, a relatively benign economic outlook. Economists including those at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predict most major central banks, including the Federal Reserve, which meets next week, is likely to keep its monetary policy on hold for the rest of the year.Lagarde will discuss the global growth outlook at Davos later on Friday with a panel of luminaries including her Bank of Japan counterpart Haruhiko Kuroda, as well as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Kristalina Georgieva, her successor as head of the International Monetary Fund.(Updates with economic data, Villeroy comments starting in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Carolynn Look and Jana Randow.To contact the reporters on this story: Paul Gordon in Frankfurt at pgordon6@bloomberg.net;Francine Lacqua in London at flacqua@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Craig Stirling, Fergal O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 34/71   French unions face moment of truth in fight over pensions
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    French protesters prepared to hit the streets on Friday for a fresh day of demonstrations against the  government's pension reform, which will be officially unveiled after weeks of strikes by unions warning that millions of people will have to work longer.  Union leaders themselves acknowledge it is a now-or-never moment before the draft law heads to parliament, where President Emmanuel Macron's party holds a majority and is widely expected to push through the overhaul by summer.  In Paris, protesters will march through the city to a square a stone's throw from the Elysee Palace, where ministers will meet to officially unveil the reform.

    French protesters prepared to hit the streets on Friday for a fresh day of demonstrations against the government's pension reform, which will be officially unveiled after weeks of strikes by unions warning that millions of people will have to work longer. Union leaders themselves acknowledge it is a now-or-never moment before the draft law heads to parliament, where President Emmanuel Macron's party holds a majority and is widely expected to push through the overhaul by summer. In Paris, protesters will march through the city to a square a stone's throw from the Elysee Palace, where ministers will meet to officially unveil the reform.


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  • 35/71   If You Had Bought Zurich Insurance Group (VTX:ZURN) Stock Three Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 41% Gain Today
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    By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you pick the right individual...

    By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you pick the right individual...


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  • 36/71   Introducing SpectraCure (STO:SPEC), The Stock That Rocketed 1496% In The Last Three Years
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    SpectraCure AB (publ) (STO:SPEC) shareholders have seen the share price descend 18% over the month. But that doesn't...

    SpectraCure AB (publ) (STO:SPEC) shareholders have seen the share price descend 18% over the month. But that doesn't...


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  • 37/71   Euro zone economy remains weak in new year but some signs of hope - PMIs
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    Euro zone business activity remained weak at the start of the year, a survey showed a day after the European Central Bank said the manufacturing sector remained a drag on the economy, but there were some signs the worst may be over.

    Euro zone business activity remained weak at the start of the year, a survey showed a day after the European Central Bank said the manufacturing sector remained a drag on the economy, but there were some signs the worst may be over.


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  • 38/71   Sohu.com Enters into a Definitive Agreement for Changyou.com Going-Private Transaction
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    Sohu.com Limited (NASDAQ: SOHU) (

    Sohu.com Limited (NASDAQ: SOHU) ("Sohu" or the "Company"), China's leading online media, video, search and gaming business group, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Sohu.com (Game) Limited ("Sohu Game") and a newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary of Sohu Game, Changyou Merger Co. Limited ("Merger Co.", and together with Sohu and Sohu Game, the "Sohu Group"), have entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU)("Changyou"), pursuant to which the Sohu Group will acquire all outstanding shares of Changyou that Sohu does not already beneficially own in an all-cash transaction implying an equity value of Changyou of approximately $579.0 million (the "Merger").


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  • 39/71   The Voltalia (EPA:VLTSA) Share Price Is Up 74% And Shareholders Are Holding On
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  • 40/71   Deutsche Bank Doubles Down on Indian Shadow Lender’s Debt
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    (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG and a Singapore based hedge fund bought more debt of an embattled Indian shadow lender, highlighting the growing foreign interest in the discounted assets of the financier at the center of a credit crisis.Deutsche Bank has almost doubled the debt it holds of Altico Capital India Ltd. to 3 billion rupees ($42.1 million) in the last four months, while Singapore-based Broad Peak Investment Advisers Ltd. has acquired debt of about 1 billion rupees, people familiar with the matter said.The German lender is now a member of the steering committee of creditors driving Altico’s debt restructuring, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public.Deutsche Bank AG used its larger holding of Altico’s debt to lead pushback against a proposed asset swap, which it said would be conducted in a non-transparent manner and benefit some lenders more than others, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Several other creditors also supported Deutsche Bank’s position, the person said.Total bids for the asset swap plan ended up covering between 6 billion rupees to 10 billion rupees -- undershooting the 12 billion rupee target based on initial feedback from some interested creditors, another person familiar said.However, interest in purchases of Altico’s debt has been increasing, even as certain potential bidders for the delinquent financier shy away from an auction process to sell the firm. A shareholder sponsored restructuring plan and an asset swap plan supported by some creditors are also under consideration to salvage Altico.Altico’s debt had been traded several times over the last few months, as creditors including another local shadow bank Bajaj Finance Ltd., and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC sold their holdings, one of the people said. The most recent trade was made at almost half the face value when Abu Dhabi Commercial sold its holding in December, the people said.Spokesmen for Deutsche Bank, Broad Peak and Altico declined to comment while representatives for Abu Dhabi Commercial and Bajaj Finance didn’t respond to emails seeking comment.(Updates with Deutsche Bank creditor pushback details from fourth paragraph)\--With assistance from Denise Wee.To contact the reporters on this story: Bijou George in Mumbai at bgeorge66@bloomberg.net;Rahul Satija in Mumbai at rsatija1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Monahan at amonahan@bloomberg.net, Anto Antony, Jeanette RodriguesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG and a Singapore based hedge fund bought more debt of an embattled Indian shadow lender, highlighting the growing foreign interest in the discounted assets of the financier at the center of a credit crisis.Deutsche Bank has almost doubled the debt it holds of Altico Capital India Ltd. to 3 billion rupees ($42.1 million) in the last four months, while Singapore-based Broad Peak Investment Advisers Ltd. has acquired debt of about 1 billion rupees, people familiar with the matter said.The German lender is now a member of the steering committee of creditors driving Altico’s debt restructuring, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public.Deutsche Bank AG used its larger holding of Altico’s debt to lead pushback against a proposed asset swap, which it said would be conducted in a non-transparent manner and benefit some lenders more than others, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Several other creditors also supported Deutsche Bank’s position, the person said.Total bids for the asset swap plan ended up covering between 6 billion rupees to 10 billion rupees -- undershooting the 12 billion rupee target based on initial feedback from some interested creditors, another person familiar said.However, interest in purchases of Altico’s debt has been increasing, even as certain potential bidders for the delinquent financier shy away from an auction process to sell the firm. A shareholder sponsored restructuring plan and an asset swap plan supported by some creditors are also under consideration to salvage Altico.Altico’s debt had been traded several times over the last few months, as creditors including another local shadow bank Bajaj Finance Ltd., and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC sold their holdings, one of the people said. The most recent trade was made at almost half the face value when Abu Dhabi Commercial sold its holding in December, the people said.Spokesmen for Deutsche Bank, Broad Peak and Altico declined to comment while representatives for Abu Dhabi Commercial and Bajaj Finance didn’t respond to emails seeking comment.(Updates with Deutsche Bank creditor pushback details from fourth paragraph)\--With assistance from Denise Wee.To contact the reporters on this story: Bijou George in Mumbai at bgeorge66@bloomberg.net;Rahul Satija in Mumbai at rsatija1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Monahan at amonahan@bloomberg.net, Anto Antony, Jeanette RodriguesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 41/71   Malaysian rights group sues Singapore minister over 'fake news' directive
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    A Malaysian rights group filed a suit in a domestic court against a Singapore minister on Friday, seeking to challenge his order to attach a correction to an article on its blog that accused the city-state of illegal execution practices.  Last week, the group, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said Singapore prison officers were allegedly instructed to snap prisoners' necks by kicking them in the event of a rope breaking during hangings.  It said the report was based on information from an unidentified prison officer in Singapore.

    A Malaysian rights group filed a suit in a domestic court against a Singapore minister on Friday, seeking to challenge his order to attach a correction to an article on its blog that accused the city-state of illegal execution practices. Last week, the group, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said Singapore prison officers were allegedly instructed to snap prisoners' necks by kicking them in the event of a rope breaking during hangings. It said the report was based on information from an unidentified prison officer in Singapore.


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  • 42/71   Exclusive: The inside story of how the U.S. gave up a chance to kill Soleimani in 2007
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    In the first years of the occupation, Qassem Soleimani had moved back and forth between Iran and Iraq “constantly,” but had always taken the precautions to be expected from a seasoned intelligence officer, said John Maguire, a former senior CIA official stationed in Baghdad in the mid-2000s. Soleimani disguised his rank and identity, used only ground transportation and avoided speaking on the phone or the radio, preferring to give orders to proxies and subordinates in Iraq in person.

    In the first years of the occupation, Qassem Soleimani had moved back and forth between Iran and Iraq “constantly,” but had always taken the precautions to be expected from a seasoned intelligence officer, said John Maguire, a former senior CIA official stationed in Baghdad in the mid-2000s. Soleimani disguised his rank and identity, used only ground transportation and avoided speaking on the phone or the radio, preferring to give orders to proxies and subordinates in Iraq in person.


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  • 43/71   Steyer: U.S. reparations for slavery will help 'repair the damage'
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    The billionaire presidential candidate Tom Steyer reiterated his support Wednesday for reparations for African- Americans suffering from the legacy of slavery.

    The billionaire presidential candidate Tom Steyer reiterated his support Wednesday for reparations for African- Americans suffering from the legacy of slavery.


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  • 44/71   White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil War
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    Three alleged members of a white supremacist group were plotting to murder demonstrators at Monday's gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol before they were arrested by the FBI last week, according to court documents.The men were caught discussing their plans on a hidden camera set up in their Delaware apartment by FBI agents.“We can’t let Virginia go to waste, we just can’t,” said Patrik J. Mathews, one member of the hate group 

    Three alleged members of a white supremacist group were plotting to murder demonstrators at Monday's gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol before they were arrested by the FBI last week, according to court documents.The men were caught discussing their plans on a hidden camera set up in their Delaware apartment by FBI agents.“We can’t let Virginia go to waste, we just can’t,” said Patrik J. Mathews, one member of the hate group "the Base" that promotes violence against African-Americans and Jews.According to authorities, the 27-year-old former Canadian Armed Forces reservist also discussed creating "instability" in Virginia by killing people, derailing trains, poisoning water, and shutting down highways in order to "kick off the economic collapse" and possibly start a "full blown civil war."Mathews also discussed the possibility of "executing" police officers and stealing their belongings and remarked that, “We could essentially be like literally hunting people.”“Virginia will be our day,” said 33-year-old Brian M. Lemley Jr., adding, “I need to claim my first victim.”“Lemley discussed using a thermal imaging scope affixed to his rifle to conduct ambush attacks,” the court filings read.The two were arrested along with a third man, 19, last Thursday. They are charged with federal firearms violations and “transporting and harboring an alien,” referring to Mathews, who is a Canadian national. Four more members of The Base have also been arrested and charged in Georgia and Wisconsin.In a search of the apartment, prosecutors said that FBI agents found propaganda fliers for The Base, communications devices, empty rifle cases, "go bags" with "numerous Meals-Ready-to-Eat," knives, and materials for building an assault rifle.Tens of thousands of gun rights advocates rallied in Richmond on Monday to protest the state’s Democratic legislature's gun-control agenda. Critics raised fears beforehand that militant white supremacists could disrupt the rally, but the day ended peacefully with no violence.


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  • 45/71   A University of Minnesota student was arrested in China and sentenced to 6 months in prison for tweeting cartoons making fun of President Xi Jingping
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    According to Chinese court documents obtained by Axios, 20-year-old Luo Daiqing was arrested after returning to Wuhan for summer break.

    According to Chinese court documents obtained by Axios, 20-year-old Luo Daiqing was arrested after returning to Wuhan for summer break.


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  • 46/71   The world is less than 2 'minutes' from doomsday, atomic scientists warn
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    Apocalyptic doom is apparently closer than it's ever been before.Every year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announces the world's status on its

    Apocalyptic doom is apparently closer than it's ever been before.Every year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announces the world's status on its "doomsday clock," which reveals just how close all of humanity is to certain destruction. And after putting it at a dangerous two minutes from apocalypse for the last few years in a row, scientists upped their prediction to an unprecedented 100 seconds on Thursday.The greatest threats to humanity, as outlined by the Bulletin, are "nuclear war and climate change," which are "compounded by a threat multiplier — cyber-enabled information warfare — that undercuts society's ability to respond." The scientists specifically called out how 2019 saw the end of "several major arms control treaties and negotiations," while "political conflicts regarding nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea remain unresolved and are, if anything, worsening."As for climate change, scientists acknowledged "public awareness of the climate crisis grew over the course of 2019, largely because of mass protests by young people around the world." But "government action" hasn't risen to meet that public push, and even the UN has "put forward few concrete plans to further limit the carbon dioxide emissions," the statement continued. Altogether, this puts the world closer to a metaphorical midnight than ever before in the clock's 73-year history.More stories from theweek.com Democrats walked right into Mitch McConnell's trap Watch highlights from Day 3 of Trump's impeachment trial, in which Democrats argue abuse of power GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn questions patriotism of Purple Heart recipient Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman


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  • 47/71   4 killed in plane crash at Southern California airport
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    There was no immediate word on a cause or the model of the plane that crashed at Corona Municipal Airport in California.

    There was no immediate word on a cause or the model of the plane that crashed at Corona Municipal Airport in California.


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  • 48/71   Family attorneys say cruise line's story of toddler's death is 'physically impossible'
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    Attorneys representing Chloe Wiegand's family say a ship visit proves it's

    Attorneys representing Chloe Wiegand's family say a ship visit proves it's "physically impossible" for her grandfather to hold her out of the window.


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  • 49/71   Want To Start A War With America? Go Try To Sink An Aircraft Carrier
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    Iran and China shouldn't test their luck.

    Iran and China shouldn't test their luck.


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  • 50/71   Trump impeachment trial: Republicans block witnesses and evidence while insisting president is 'a man of his word'
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    The Republican-controlled US Senate has voted along party lines to approve the rules of Donald Trump‘s impeachment trial, rejecting Democratic efforts to obtain evidence and ensure witnesses are heard.The third presidential impeachment trial in American history began with a marathon session of nearly 13 hours on Tuesday, as rancorous debate about the terms of proceedings stretched out until nearly 2am in Washington (7am UK time).

    The Republican-controlled US Senate has voted along party lines to approve the rules of Donald Trump‘s impeachment trial, rejecting Democratic efforts to obtain evidence and ensure witnesses are heard.The third presidential impeachment trial in American history began with a marathon session of nearly 13 hours on Tuesday, as rancorous debate about the terms of proceedings stretched out until nearly 2am in Washington (7am UK time).


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  • 51/71   The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again
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    They keep failing to kill their targets. And they leave lots of evidence behind them.

    They keep failing to kill their targets. And they leave lots of evidence behind them.


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  • 52/71   EU, China Join Forces to Dial Down Trade Tensions: Davos Update
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being closely watched to see how the global elite aims to tackle problems they helped create, above all climate change.The economy is in focus on the final day of the forum, and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde told Bloomberg TV investors shouldn’t assume that current monetary policy is locked in for the foreseeable future just because officials are reviewing their strategy.Lagarde later takes part in a panel discussion on the global outlook with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, meanwhile, has called a climate strike for Friday at 11 a.m. local time near the forum.To get all the highlights delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Davos Diary newsletter. Here’s the latest (time-stamps are local time in Davos):Centeno Sees Germany Stepping Up Spending (10:10 a.m.)To spur economic activity, euro-area countries that can spend more need to, and Germany is showing signs that it is ready to play its part, according to Eurogroup President Mario Centeno.“We know that some countries have more space than others to act,” Centeno said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “Germany is one of those countries that can act, and actually we see some action from the German side.”Recent investment in the rail sector “goes precisely in that direction,” Centeno added. “It’s public investment, connected with climate action. I expect more of those actions to be taken in the course of 2020, so that 2020 can finally see this acceleration of the global economy, and Europe can also play a role in that.”EU, China, Brazil Form Trade-Dispute Alliance (10 a.m.)The European Union and a group of 16 nations that includes China and Brazil are forming an alliance to settle trade disputes among themselves using an interim appeal-arbitration mechanism at the World Trade Organization.“We will work towards putting in place contingency measures that would allow for appeals of WTO panel reports in disputes among ourselves,” according to a copy of a joint declaration obtained by Bloomberg.The development marks an advance of the EU’s backup plan for settling international trade disputes now that the WTO appellate body is paralyzed. WTO delegates meeting in Davos are expected to announce the arrangement later Friday.“We believe that a functioning dispute settlement system of the WTO is of the utmost importance for the rules-based trading system, and that an independent and impartial appeal stage must continue to be one of its essential features,” according to the document.ESM Chief Sees More People Now in Favor of Stronger Euro Role (9:05 a.m.)The international role of the euro is becoming increasingly the focus of debate in Europe, according to European Stability Mechanism Managing Director Klaus Regling.“More people are now in favor of having a stronger role for the euro which is partly the answer to the U.S. current administration withdrawing from multilateralism,” Regling said in a Bloomberg TV interview.”Europe believes in multilateralism, and one way to strengthen European sovereignty is the international role of the euro.”Tech CEOs Dodge Issues by Warning About AI (9 a.m.)Technology’s most influential leaders have a new message: It’s not us you need to worry about -- it’s artificial intelligence.Two years ago big tech embarked on a repentance tour to Davos in response to criticism about the companies’ role in issues such as election interference by Russia-backed groups; spreading misinformation; the distribution of extremist content; antitrust violations; and tax avoidance. Uber Technologies Inc.’s new chief even asked to be regulated.These problems haven’t gone away, but this time executives warned that AI that must be regulated, rather than the companies themselves.“AI is one of the most profound things we’re working on as humanity. It’s more profound than fire or electricity,” Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in an interview. Comparing it to international discussions on climate change, he said, “you can’t get safety by having one country or a set of countries working on it. You need a global framework.”German Health Minister Says China Virus Less of a Threat (8:45 a.m.)China is more transparent and more aggressive in attempting to control the coronavirus outbreak compared with SARS, and that’s helping the international community better prepare to deal with the situation, according to German Health Minister Jens Spahn.“We are prepared and keep on preparing, but at the same time I think we have to put into perspective,” Spahn said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “There’s a big difference to SARS.”Coronavirus the ‘New Norm’: Axa’s Buberl (8:30 a.m.)Axa SA Chief Executive Officer Thomas Buberl said outbreaks like the coronavirus are the “new norm” and there will be more viruses popping up due to climate change.“We always learn in these emergency situations and then forget again when it’s gone,” Buberl told Bloomberg TV.“We need to remind ourselves that the environment is changing, it is getting warmer everywhere and therefore new viruses will pop up,” he added. “Going forward, the implication of climate on health is something that we need to study more and need to understand better.”VW’s Diess Upbeat on Battle With Tesla (8:10 a.m.)Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said he’s optimistic the German car giant can keep pace with Tesla Inc. in the electric-car market and even overtake Elon Musk’s company at some point.“I think it’s an open race” to define the car of the future, Diess told Bloomberg TV. “I would take Tesla more seriously than Google and there are also from our peers some very competitive companies like Toyota.”This year will be “very difficult” for automakers, with global demand “basically flat” and tighter emissions regulations coming into force in Europe, Diess said. “We’re basically optimistic, but it will be a very demanding year for the industry,” he added.Lagarde: ECB Policy Not Necessarily on Autopilot (7:30 a.m.)Lagarde said that market observers should not assume that the ECB’s monetary policy will be on “autopilot” for the next two years.“To those who think that it’s autopilot, I think that’s ridiculous,” Lagarde said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Francine Lacqua. “There is a forward guidance, which is strong, which is setting a very clear timetable that is fact dependent. But let’s look at the facts. Let’s look at how the economy evolves.”Lagarde added that if markets are interested in what happens over the next 12 months, “they should not pay too much attention” to the ECB’s strategy review.“To those who say it’s going to be completely static and stable for 12 months I say watch out, because things change and we might have different signals and we might reconsider,” she said. She conceded that the goal of completing the review by the end of this year is “ambitious.”Carrie Lam Courts Elite With Dim Sum (5:39 a.m.)Carrie Lam hosted 200 business and political leaders for dim sum and cocktails at a Swiss ski resort to reassure them that Hong Kong’s future is bright.The city’s leader said that Hong Kong is still open for business, despite paralyzing protests and an economy in recession. She also said that officials back home are working to contain the coronavirus that’s killed more than two dozen people in China and infected hundreds of others. Hong Kong has identified two cases.In a room decorated with gold candles and red Chinese lanterns for Lunar New Year, Lam said her government “will safeguard Hong Kong’s fundamentals, including the rule of law.” She was also “fully confident of the city’s future,” according to a readout from her office.Singapore Leader Says Rebound Depends on Calm (1:57 a.m.)Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the city state’s economy could improve in 2020 only if any number of global risks don’t materialize, particularly emanating from the U.S.Lee said that he’s “relieved” that Singapore’s economy escaped recession in 2019. The government’s growth forecast for this year -- anywhere from 0.5%-2.5% -- indicates “we really don’t know” how things will pan out, he said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait.“That’s the range of what our economy is capable of, but whether we realize that capability, that potential, depends on international conditions,” Lee said. “If there’s a blowout between China and America, or if there’s something happening in the Middle East, either with Iran or with Syria, then all bets are off.”Soros: Facebook Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump (00:18 a.m.)Billionaire George Soros said that nothing is keeping Facebook Inc. from spreading disinformation and the company may be in cahoots with U.S. President Donald Trump to get him re-elected.“I think there is a kind of informal mutual assistance operation or agreement developing between Trump and Facebook,” Soros, 89, said Thursday. “Facebook will work together to re-elect Trump, and Trump will work to protect Facebook so that this situation cannot be changed and it makes me very concerned about the outcome for 2020.”Soros didn’t offer any evidence for his claim. “This is just plain wrong,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in response.Friday Highlights10:30 a.m. | Central banking panel with ECB Governing Council members Francois Villeroy De Galhau and Klaas Knot10:30 a.m. | QuickTake panel: How can the world break free from single-use plastics? Join us for a discussion and DM us questions: @QuickTake11:30 a.m. | Global Economic Outlook panel with ECB President Lagarde, BOJ Governor Kuroda, IMF’s Georgieva, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, German Finance Minister Scholz11:30 a.m. | Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives special addressBe on the lookout for Bloomberg Television’s interviews withVolkswagen CEO DiessBank of France Governor Villeroy de GalhauAustrian Chancellor KurzThursday Catchup‘Matter of survival’ | Germany’s Angela Merkel called on world leaders to work together to fight global warming and take the views of concerned young people seriously, saying time is running out to protect the planet. Meanwhile, the head of Merkel’s party said Germany needs to speed up the process of spending government funds.Back to school | U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin questioned whether Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is qualified to talk about economic issues linked to climate change and told 17-year-old to go and study the subject in college.Trade flare-up | The U.S. and Europe looked set for a renewed clash over everything from car tariffs to digital taxes in a sign that a new American focus may be emerging following Trump’s trade truce with China.Waste-free economy | When British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur was promoting the idea of the circular economy on the sidelines of Davos in 2012, the big attraction was curiosity about what she was up to after her sailing career. Eight years on, MacArthur’s vision is taking hold at the WEF, and firms such as Adidas, Unilever and BlackRock are embracing it.Davos laggards | The global 1% once again have ascended the Swiss Alps to breathe the rarefied air in Davos, but in the stock market they’re anything but elite.Speed reads | Turkey says central bank as independent as the Fed | Standard Chartered says few have left Hong Kong | Formula One says overhaul deal talks in final stages | Facebook says Bezos hack highlights vulnerabilities\--With assistance from Shelly Banjo, Dandan Li, Michelle Jamrisko, Katia Porzecanski, Sarah Frier, Francine Lacqua, Geraldine Amiel, Haslinda Amin, Viktoria Dendrinou, Giles Turner, Bryce Baschuk and Joao Lima.To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net;Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net;Simon Kennedy at skennedy4@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.The rich and powerful are in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting, and the gathering is being closely watched to see how the global elite aims to tackle problems they helped create, above all climate change.The economy is in focus on the final day of the forum, and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde told Bloomberg TV investors shouldn’t assume that current monetary policy is locked in for the foreseeable future just because officials are reviewing their strategy.Lagarde later takes part in a panel discussion on the global outlook with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, meanwhile, has called a climate strike for Friday at 11 a.m. local time near the forum.To get all the highlights delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Davos Diary newsletter. Here’s the latest (time-stamps are local time in Davos):Centeno Sees Germany Stepping Up Spending (10:10 a.m.)To spur economic activity, euro-area countries that can spend more need to, and Germany is showing signs that it is ready to play its part, according to Eurogroup President Mario Centeno.“We know that some countries have more space than others to act,” Centeno said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “Germany is one of those countries that can act, and actually we see some action from the German side.”Recent investment in the rail sector “goes precisely in that direction,” Centeno added. “It’s public investment, connected with climate action. I expect more of those actions to be taken in the course of 2020, so that 2020 can finally see this acceleration of the global economy, and Europe can also play a role in that.”EU, China, Brazil Form Trade-Dispute Alliance (10 a.m.)The European Union and a group of 16 nations that includes China and Brazil are forming an alliance to settle trade disputes among themselves using an interim appeal-arbitration mechanism at the World Trade Organization.“We will work towards putting in place contingency measures that would allow for appeals of WTO panel reports in disputes among ourselves,” according to a copy of a joint declaration obtained by Bloomberg.The development marks an advance of the EU’s backup plan for settling international trade disputes now that the WTO appellate body is paralyzed. WTO delegates meeting in Davos are expected to announce the arrangement later Friday.“We believe that a functioning dispute settlement system of the WTO is of the utmost importance for the rules-based trading system, and that an independent and impartial appeal stage must continue to be one of its essential features,” according to the document.ESM Chief Sees More People Now in Favor of Stronger Euro Role (9:05 a.m.)The international role of the euro is becoming increasingly the focus of debate in Europe, according to European Stability Mechanism Managing Director Klaus Regling.“More people are now in favor of having a stronger role for the euro which is partly the answer to the U.S. current administration withdrawing from multilateralism,” Regling said in a Bloomberg TV interview.”Europe believes in multilateralism, and one way to strengthen European sovereignty is the international role of the euro.”Tech CEOs Dodge Issues by Warning About AI (9 a.m.)Technology’s most influential leaders have a new message: It’s not us you need to worry about -- it’s artificial intelligence.Two years ago big tech embarked on a repentance tour to Davos in response to criticism about the companies’ role in issues such as election interference by Russia-backed groups; spreading misinformation; the distribution of extremist content; antitrust violations; and tax avoidance. Uber Technologies Inc.’s new chief even asked to be regulated.These problems haven’t gone away, but this time executives warned that AI that must be regulated, rather than the companies themselves.“AI is one of the most profound things we’re working on as humanity. It’s more profound than fire or electricity,” Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in an interview. Comparing it to international discussions on climate change, he said, “you can’t get safety by having one country or a set of countries working on it. You need a global framework.”German Health Minister Says China Virus Less of a Threat (8:45 a.m.)China is more transparent and more aggressive in attempting to control the coronavirus outbreak compared with SARS, and that’s helping the international community better prepare to deal with the situation, according to German Health Minister Jens Spahn.“We are prepared and keep on preparing, but at the same time I think we have to put into perspective,” Spahn said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “There’s a big difference to SARS.”Coronavirus the ‘New Norm’: Axa’s Buberl (8:30 a.m.)Axa SA Chief Executive Officer Thomas Buberl said outbreaks like the coronavirus are the “new norm” and there will be more viruses popping up due to climate change.“We always learn in these emergency situations and then forget again when it’s gone,” Buberl told Bloomberg TV.“We need to remind ourselves that the environment is changing, it is getting warmer everywhere and therefore new viruses will pop up,” he added. “Going forward, the implication of climate on health is something that we need to study more and need to understand better.”VW’s Diess Upbeat on Battle With Tesla (8:10 a.m.)Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said he’s optimistic the German car giant can keep pace with Tesla Inc. in the electric-car market and even overtake Elon Musk’s company at some point.“I think it’s an open race” to define the car of the future, Diess told Bloomberg TV. “I would take Tesla more seriously than Google and there are also from our peers some very competitive companies like Toyota.”This year will be “very difficult” for automakers, with global demand “basically flat” and tighter emissions regulations coming into force in Europe, Diess said. “We’re basically optimistic, but it will be a very demanding year for the industry,” he added.Lagarde: ECB Policy Not Necessarily on Autopilot (7:30 a.m.)Lagarde said that market observers should not assume that the ECB’s monetary policy will be on “autopilot” for the next two years.“To those who think that it’s autopilot, I think that’s ridiculous,” Lagarde said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Francine Lacqua. “There is a forward guidance, which is strong, which is setting a very clear timetable that is fact dependent. But let’s look at the facts. Let’s look at how the economy evolves.”Lagarde added that if markets are interested in what happens over the next 12 months, “they should not pay too much attention” to the ECB’s strategy review.“To those who say it’s going to be completely static and stable for 12 months I say watch out, because things change and we might have different signals and we might reconsider,” she said. She conceded that the goal of completing the review by the end of this year is “ambitious.”Carrie Lam Courts Elite With Dim Sum (5:39 a.m.)Carrie Lam hosted 200 business and political leaders for dim sum and cocktails at a Swiss ski resort to reassure them that Hong Kong’s future is bright.The city’s leader said that Hong Kong is still open for business, despite paralyzing protests and an economy in recession. She also said that officials back home are working to contain the coronavirus that’s killed more than two dozen people in China and infected hundreds of others. Hong Kong has identified two cases.In a room decorated with gold candles and red Chinese lanterns for Lunar New Year, Lam said her government “will safeguard Hong Kong’s fundamentals, including the rule of law.” She was also “fully confident of the city’s future,” according to a readout from her office.Singapore Leader Says Rebound Depends on Calm (1:57 a.m.)Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the city state’s economy could improve in 2020 only if any number of global risks don’t materialize, particularly emanating from the U.S.Lee said that he’s “relieved” that Singapore’s economy escaped recession in 2019. The government’s growth forecast for this year -- anywhere from 0.5%-2.5% -- indicates “we really don’t know” how things will pan out, he said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait.“That’s the range of what our economy is capable of, but whether we realize that capability, that potential, depends on international conditions,” Lee said. “If there’s a blowout between China and America, or if there’s something happening in the Middle East, either with Iran or with Syria, then all bets are off.”Soros: Facebook Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump (00:18 a.m.)Billionaire George Soros said that nothing is keeping Facebook Inc. from spreading disinformation and the company may be in cahoots with U.S. President Donald Trump to get him re-elected.“I think there is a kind of informal mutual assistance operation or agreement developing between Trump and Facebook,” Soros, 89, said Thursday. “Facebook will work together to re-elect Trump, and Trump will work to protect Facebook so that this situation cannot be changed and it makes me very concerned about the outcome for 2020.”Soros didn’t offer any evidence for his claim. “This is just plain wrong,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in response.Friday Highlights10:30 a.m. | Central banking panel with ECB Governing Council members Francois Villeroy De Galhau and Klaas Knot10:30 a.m. | QuickTake panel: How can the world break free from single-use plastics? Join us for a discussion and DM us questions: @QuickTake11:30 a.m. | Global Economic Outlook panel with ECB President Lagarde, BOJ Governor Kuroda, IMF’s Georgieva, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, German Finance Minister Scholz11:30 a.m. | Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives special addressBe on the lookout for Bloomberg Television’s interviews withVolkswagen CEO DiessBank of France Governor Villeroy de GalhauAustrian Chancellor KurzThursday Catchup‘Matter of survival’ | Germany’s Angela Merkel called on world leaders to work together to fight global warming and take the views of concerned young people seriously, saying time is running out to protect the planet. Meanwhile, the head of Merkel’s party said Germany needs to speed up the process of spending government funds.Back to school | U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin questioned whether Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is qualified to talk about economic issues linked to climate change and told 17-year-old to go and study the subject in college.Trade flare-up | The U.S. and Europe looked set for a renewed clash over everything from car tariffs to digital taxes in a sign that a new American focus may be emerging following Trump’s trade truce with China.Waste-free economy | When British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur was promoting the idea of the circular economy on the sidelines of Davos in 2012, the big attraction was curiosity about what she was up to after her sailing career. Eight years on, MacArthur’s vision is taking hold at the WEF, and firms such as Adidas, Unilever and BlackRock are embracing it.Davos laggards | The global 1% once again have ascended the Swiss Alps to breathe the rarefied air in Davos, but in the stock market they’re anything but elite.Speed reads | Turkey says central bank as independent as the Fed | Standard Chartered says few have left Hong Kong | Formula One says overhaul deal talks in final stages | Facebook says Bezos hack highlights vulnerabilities\--With assistance from Shelly Banjo, Dandan Li, Michelle Jamrisko, Katia Porzecanski, Sarah Frier, Francine Lacqua, Geraldine Amiel, Haslinda Amin, Viktoria Dendrinou, Giles Turner, Bryce Baschuk and Joao Lima.To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net;Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net;Simon Kennedy at skennedy4@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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    Rudi Bakhtiar was a rising star at CNN in the spring of 2004, when a barrel-chested, overweight, balding man lumbered over to her amid the black-tie crush of the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.“He came up to me and said ‘You! You are amazing! If you ever want a job, come to me,’” Bakhtiar told The Daily Beast.Bakhtiar, who was anchoring her own show at the time on CNN Headline News, recalled that she actually didn’t know who her admirer was—that is, until Philippe Reines, a top adviser to then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, clued her in: “That’s Roger Ailes. At least, if CNN kicks you out, you know where to go.”Nearly two decades later, Bakhtiar is among a group of accomplished women who worked under Ailes at the Fox News Channel—in her case, only briefly—and received six-figure and seven-figure financial settlements tied to non-disclosure agreements, only to see their television careers implode after they complained that they’d been sexually harassed, or worse, by predatory men in positions of power at the right-leaning cable outlet.Like former Fox News personality Juliet Huddy (who threatened to sue the network over sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly and then-Fox News Co-President Jack Abernethy), and liberal opinion contributors Julie Roginsky (who sued Fox News over Ailes’s alleged demands for sex in exchange for a spot on The Five) and Tamara Holder (who complained that she was sexually assaulted at work by a Fox News Latino executive), Bakhtiar has been unable to secure an on-camera TV job since being forced out of Fox News.“It was a life-altering injustice,” Bakhtiar said about the circumstances that led to Ailes and his then-deputy, Bill Shine, firing her—with news chief John Moody later publicly demeaning her journalism chops—after she reported to Fox News’ HR department that incoming Washington Bureau Chief Brian Wilson had asked her for sex, and then retaliated when she didn’t comply. (Wilson has repeatedly denied Bakhtiar’s account of an “off-campus” meeting at Washington’s George Hotel, which was dramatized in the movie Bombshell.) “It broke me. It really broke me,” Bakhtiar added.Tamara Holder, who reportedly received a more-than-$2.5-million settlement in early 2017 over her allegation that Fox News Latino Vice President Francisco Cortes had exposed himself and tried to force her to perform oral sex, returned to her hometown of Chicago and revived her career as an attorney when TV jobs were not forthcoming. (Cortes, who denied that he had sexually assaulted Holder, was fired as a result of her complaint.)“To me it feels unfair,” Holder said about the experiences of the women who, like her, were once highly paid on-camera personalities but who now, apparently, are considered unhireable.“I can’t speak for anyone but I’m willing to bet that none of us wanted to be kicked out by Fox, and none of us believed we would be shunned by other networks. But we were,” Holder tweeted this week as various news outlets, including The Daily Beast, reported that three months after Shepard Smith quit Fox News amid on-air skirmishes with his fellow anchors, both CNN and MSNBC are vying for his services when his six-month non-compete clause expires.“So we had to pave new ways, which we have done with our heads held high… but still… we lost our TV jobs.”Holder added: “Shep will most certainly get hired by another network—he’s an incredible journalist—after just 6 months away. Meanwhile, every single one of the women who left Fox because she stood up for herself is WITHOUT another job in TV.”Ailes adversary Gretchen Carlson, who recently inked a deal with Blumhouse Television for an interview series—and, in partnership with Roginsky, is mounting a public campaign to invalidate employment non-disclosure agreements—is a notable exception. Megyn Kelly, whose testimony in Fox News’ independent investigation of Ailes, in response to Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit, played a critical role in his professional death, also found rewarding employment at NBC News before being forced out.Huddy told The Daily Beast: “Initially, when I left Fox [in September 2016, after two decades at various Fox-owned television outlets] and all this news came out, I thought it would just take a little time to get a new TV job.”For the past year—after months of unemployment—Huddy has been co-hosting an afternoon radio show on New York’s 770 WABC.“I thought that collectively the women named in all these newspaper articles just needed to let the dust settle, because our faces were being blasted out to the world in connection with a salacious scandal,” she said. “So I understood that there needed to be a cooling-off period—maybe a few months.“But when months turned into years, and neither I nor my former colleagues who left under similar circumstances were being hired in television—not for lack of wanting or trying—then it became painfully clear to me that the dust-settling theory was really off the mark,” Huddy added.“Why haven’t I been hired? Did my talent leave when I left Fox? It didn’t make any sense to me for a long time. Basically, I have come to believe that the reason we’re not being hired… is the fact that despite being the ones who got screwed, we’re radioactive.”Roginsky, a Democratic political consultant who was hired at Fox News by Ailes, agreed. “People don’t want quote-unquote troublemakers in their midst,” she told The Daily Beast. “Why invite in somebody who has a record of speaking up when they see workplace toxicity?“That’s a terrible message to send to women,” Roginsky continued. “I cannot tell you the number of women at Fox who have told me that the reason they have not spoken up is because they saw what happened professionally to those who did—not just that they were not employed by Fox anymore but they were not able to be employed by any other network.”Meanwhile, Roginsky pointed out, television agents are understandably reluctant to represent women who have filed lawsuits or otherwise complained because that might risk spooking network executives, damaging the prospects of other clients and decreasing their revenue from commissions.“And more troublingly, as we know,” Roginsky continued, “the Fox News PR machine has a very good habit of leaking negative information about talent that they’re not happy with anymore… The perception was that they obviously have done something wrong, and the leaks to the press [were] that their ratings were low, that they weren’t hacking it, that they were lazy, they were alcoholics, they were drug addicts—all that stuff. That’s problematic too.”Asked for comment, Fox News—which arguably has engaged less frequently in such tactics, famously catalogued by the late New York Times media columnist David Carr, since Ailes’s departure—offered no response.Roginsky added: “A third very toxic issue is that all the women who filed a complaint that you don’t know about—because they had arbitration clauses—one day they were just gone, and people thought they were gone because their contracts expired. If you’re not working, it’s much, much, much harder for you to land at a different network.”The end of Rudi Bakhtiar’s once-promising TV career was similarly unheralded; it wasn’t until July 2016, after the Ailes explosion, that the New York Times and New York magazine revealed the tawdry circumstances of her professional demise, and Bakhtiar risked financial ruin by violating her non-disclosure agreement. Fox News has yet to risk the negative publicity that would undoubtedly attend a lawsuit against her.A year after Roger Ailes praised Bakhtiar at the White House Correspondents Dinner, CNN’s then-president, Jonathan Klein, eventually did let her go in 2005—because, she recalled, her bosses claimed she’d taken too much time off to care for her dying father. She ultimately found herself on a job interview in Ailes’ midtown Manhattan office.The Fox News Chairman instructed the 5-foot-tall Bakhtiar to stand up so he could appraise her physique. “‘Really? Are you kidding, Roger? You really wanna see these little legs? Come on!’” Bakhtiar recalled teasing Ailes. “Is this what you do to women, Roger?’ He made remarks but he never touched me. I don’t think I was his type.”Bakhtiar believed she knew how to handle Ailes because he reminded her of her own larger-than-life, politically incorrect father—an Iranian-born business executive, a summa cum laude math whiz with a master’s degree from UCLA, who shamelessly flirted with women, deploying an alpha-male swagger.The Farsi-fluent Bakhtiar, who was born in Fresno, California, but grew up partly in Iran, initially received a six-month contributor’s deal from Fox News and in due course—after exclusive reporting from Tehran on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s newsmaking meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—was rewarded with a lucrative three-year contract, with the promise of a high-profile gig in the Fox News Washington bureau.Then came her ill-fated encounter with Brian Wilson.“I got a job offer right after that from Miami,” said Bakhtiar, who has spent the past several years working off-camera for Reuters and Voice of America, reporting from Iraq and Syria, and these days hosts a Farsi-language radio show in Los Angeles, where she’s living with, and caring for, her 72-year-old mother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. “It was a good offer. But the actual event was so tragic to me that I just chose not to go back on television.”Bakhtiar went on: “It just seems unfair that we are victims and it’s like a scarlet letter.”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.

    Rudi Bakhtiar was a rising star at CNN in the spring of 2004, when a barrel-chested, overweight, balding man lumbered over to her amid the black-tie crush of the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.“He came up to me and said ‘You! You are amazing! If you ever want a job, come to me,’” Bakhtiar told The Daily Beast.Bakhtiar, who was anchoring her own show at the time on CNN Headline News, recalled that she actually didn’t know who her admirer was—that is, until Philippe Reines, a top adviser to then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, clued her in: “That’s Roger Ailes. At least, if CNN kicks you out, you know where to go.”Nearly two decades later, Bakhtiar is among a group of accomplished women who worked under Ailes at the Fox News Channel—in her case, only briefly—and received six-figure and seven-figure financial settlements tied to non-disclosure agreements, only to see their television careers implode after they complained that they’d been sexually harassed, or worse, by predatory men in positions of power at the right-leaning cable outlet.Like former Fox News personality Juliet Huddy (who threatened to sue the network over sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly and then-Fox News Co-President Jack Abernethy), and liberal opinion contributors Julie Roginsky (who sued Fox News over Ailes’s alleged demands for sex in exchange for a spot on The Five) and Tamara Holder (who complained that she was sexually assaulted at work by a Fox News Latino executive), Bakhtiar has been unable to secure an on-camera TV job since being forced out of Fox News.“It was a life-altering injustice,” Bakhtiar said about the circumstances that led to Ailes and his then-deputy, Bill Shine, firing her—with news chief John Moody later publicly demeaning her journalism chops—after she reported to Fox News’ HR department that incoming Washington Bureau Chief Brian Wilson had asked her for sex, and then retaliated when she didn’t comply. (Wilson has repeatedly denied Bakhtiar’s account of an “off-campus” meeting at Washington’s George Hotel, which was dramatized in the movie Bombshell.) “It broke me. It really broke me,” Bakhtiar added.Tamara Holder, who reportedly received a more-than-$2.5-million settlement in early 2017 over her allegation that Fox News Latino Vice President Francisco Cortes had exposed himself and tried to force her to perform oral sex, returned to her hometown of Chicago and revived her career as an attorney when TV jobs were not forthcoming. (Cortes, who denied that he had sexually assaulted Holder, was fired as a result of her complaint.)“To me it feels unfair,” Holder said about the experiences of the women who, like her, were once highly paid on-camera personalities but who now, apparently, are considered unhireable.“I can’t speak for anyone but I’m willing to bet that none of us wanted to be kicked out by Fox, and none of us believed we would be shunned by other networks. But we were,” Holder tweeted this week as various news outlets, including The Daily Beast, reported that three months after Shepard Smith quit Fox News amid on-air skirmishes with his fellow anchors, both CNN and MSNBC are vying for his services when his six-month non-compete clause expires.“So we had to pave new ways, which we have done with our heads held high… but still… we lost our TV jobs.”Holder added: “Shep will most certainly get hired by another network—he’s an incredible journalist—after just 6 months away. Meanwhile, every single one of the women who left Fox because she stood up for herself is WITHOUT another job in TV.”Ailes adversary Gretchen Carlson, who recently inked a deal with Blumhouse Television for an interview series—and, in partnership with Roginsky, is mounting a public campaign to invalidate employment non-disclosure agreements—is a notable exception. Megyn Kelly, whose testimony in Fox News’ independent investigation of Ailes, in response to Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit, played a critical role in his professional death, also found rewarding employment at NBC News before being forced out.Huddy told The Daily Beast: “Initially, when I left Fox [in September 2016, after two decades at various Fox-owned television outlets] and all this news came out, I thought it would just take a little time to get a new TV job.”For the past year—after months of unemployment—Huddy has been co-hosting an afternoon radio show on New York’s 770 WABC.“I thought that collectively the women named in all these newspaper articles just needed to let the dust settle, because our faces were being blasted out to the world in connection with a salacious scandal,” she said. “So I understood that there needed to be a cooling-off period—maybe a few months.“But when months turned into years, and neither I nor my former colleagues who left under similar circumstances were being hired in television—not for lack of wanting or trying—then it became painfully clear to me that the dust-settling theory was really off the mark,” Huddy added.“Why haven’t I been hired? Did my talent leave when I left Fox? It didn’t make any sense to me for a long time. Basically, I have come to believe that the reason we’re not being hired… is the fact that despite being the ones who got screwed, we’re radioactive.”Roginsky, a Democratic political consultant who was hired at Fox News by Ailes, agreed. “People don’t want quote-unquote troublemakers in their midst,” she told The Daily Beast. “Why invite in somebody who has a record of speaking up when they see workplace toxicity?“That’s a terrible message to send to women,” Roginsky continued. “I cannot tell you the number of women at Fox who have told me that the reason they have not spoken up is because they saw what happened professionally to those who did—not just that they were not employed by Fox anymore but they were not able to be employed by any other network.”Meanwhile, Roginsky pointed out, television agents are understandably reluctant to represent women who have filed lawsuits or otherwise complained because that might risk spooking network executives, damaging the prospects of other clients and decreasing their revenue from commissions.“And more troublingly, as we know,” Roginsky continued, “the Fox News PR machine has a very good habit of leaking negative information about talent that they’re not happy with anymore… The perception was that they obviously have done something wrong, and the leaks to the press [were] that their ratings were low, that they weren’t hacking it, that they were lazy, they were alcoholics, they were drug addicts—all that stuff. That’s problematic too.”Asked for comment, Fox News—which arguably has engaged less frequently in such tactics, famously catalogued by the late New York Times media columnist David Carr, since Ailes’s departure—offered no response.Roginsky added: “A third very toxic issue is that all the women who filed a complaint that you don’t know about—because they had arbitration clauses—one day they were just gone, and people thought they were gone because their contracts expired. If you’re not working, it’s much, much, much harder for you to land at a different network.”The end of Rudi Bakhtiar’s once-promising TV career was similarly unheralded; it wasn’t until July 2016, after the Ailes explosion, that the New York Times and New York magazine revealed the tawdry circumstances of her professional demise, and Bakhtiar risked financial ruin by violating her non-disclosure agreement. Fox News has yet to risk the negative publicity that would undoubtedly attend a lawsuit against her.A year after Roger Ailes praised Bakhtiar at the White House Correspondents Dinner, CNN’s then-president, Jonathan Klein, eventually did let her go in 2005—because, she recalled, her bosses claimed she’d taken too much time off to care for her dying father. She ultimately found herself on a job interview in Ailes’ midtown Manhattan office.The Fox News Chairman instructed the 5-foot-tall Bakhtiar to stand up so he could appraise her physique. “‘Really? Are you kidding, Roger? You really wanna see these little legs? Come on!’” Bakhtiar recalled teasing Ailes. “Is this what you do to women, Roger?’ He made remarks but he never touched me. I don’t think I was his type.”Bakhtiar believed she knew how to handle Ailes because he reminded her of her own larger-than-life, politically incorrect father—an Iranian-born business executive, a summa cum laude math whiz with a master’s degree from UCLA, who shamelessly flirted with women, deploying an alpha-male swagger.The Farsi-fluent Bakhtiar, who was born in Fresno, California, but grew up partly in Iran, initially received a six-month contributor’s deal from Fox News and in due course—after exclusive reporting from Tehran on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s newsmaking meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—was rewarded with a lucrative three-year contract, with the promise of a high-profile gig in the Fox News Washington bureau.Then came her ill-fated encounter with Brian Wilson.“I got a job offer right after that from Miami,” said Bakhtiar, who has spent the past several years working off-camera for Reuters and Voice of America, reporting from Iraq and Syria, and these days hosts a Farsi-language radio show in Los Angeles, where she’s living with, and caring for, her 72-year-old mother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. “It was a good offer. But the actual event was so tragic to me that I just chose not to go back on television.”Bakhtiar went on: “It just seems unfair that we are victims and it’s like a scarlet letter.”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.


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  • 54/71   Book reveals 2 fathers linked by grief to 2015 Paris attacks
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    Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015.  Both died that night, Lola of gunshot wounds and Samy and the two other extremists in a hail of bullets and explosions after police stormed the building.  As Georges Salines and Azdyne Amimour see it, they both grieve for children lost that night.

    Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015. Both died that night, Lola of gunshot wounds and Samy and the two other extremists in a hail of bullets and explosions after police stormed the building. As Georges Salines and Azdyne Amimour see it, they both grieve for children lost that night.


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  • 55/71   Thousands gather for Baghdad rally to demand US troops leave
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    Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital.  Since mid-morning on the Muslim day of prayers, loudspeakers blasted “No, no America!” at a central square in the Iraqi capital.  Roads and bridges leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to several foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, were blocked off by concrete barriers.

    Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. Since mid-morning on the Muslim day of prayers, loudspeakers blasted “No, no America!” at a central square in the Iraqi capital. Roads and bridges leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government and home to several foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, were blocked off by concrete barriers.


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  • 56/71   Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities
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    Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS.  CITIES AFFECTED: The first city closed off was Wuhan, with 11 million people, or 1 1/2 times the population of New York City, which is the industrial hub of central China.  Access was cut off later to neighboring cities in the central province of Hubei that include Huanggang, with 7 million people; Ezhou; Chibi; Qianjiang; Zhijiang; Jingmen; Xiantao; Xiaogan and Huangshi.

    Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS. CITIES AFFECTED: The first city closed off was Wuhan, with 11 million people, or 1 1/2 times the population of New York City, which is the industrial hub of central China. Access was cut off later to neighboring cities in the central province of Hubei that include Huanggang, with 7 million people; Ezhou; Chibi; Qianjiang; Zhijiang; Jingmen; Xiantao; Xiaogan and Huangshi.


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  • 57/71   Trial highlights: Conspiracy theories and fidget spinners
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    Democrats argued that President Donald Trump sought a phony investigation of a political rival and pursued a discredited conspiracy theory about Ukraine, while restless senators played with a new toy Thursday during Trump's impeachment trial. Pressing their case for a second day, Democrats said there was no evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden did anything improper in dealings with Ukraine.

    Democrats argued that President Donald Trump sought a phony investigation of a political rival and pursued a discredited conspiracy theory about Ukraine, while restless senators played with a new toy Thursday during Trump's impeachment trial. Pressing their case for a second day, Democrats said there was no evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden did anything improper in dealings with Ukraine.


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  • 58/71   Russian Auschwitz survivor: Only coincidence that I lived
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    The 75 years since Yevgeny Kovalev was a teenage prisoner in Auschwitz have been marked by tormented memories and a wonder that he's still alive.  Kovalev's journey into the depths of the Nazi death-camp system began when he was arrested in 1943 at age 15 for helping partisans fight German forces occupying the Smolensk area in western Russia.

    The 75 years since Yevgeny Kovalev was a teenage prisoner in Auschwitz have been marked by tormented memories and a wonder that he's still alive. Kovalev's journey into the depths of the Nazi death-camp system began when he was arrested in 1943 at age 15 for helping partisans fight German forces occupying the Smolensk area in western Russia.


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  • 59/71   Early voting means 2020 primary is already here for millions
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    The Iowa caucuses are more than a week away, but millions of Americans are already free to vote.  While much of the focus is on who will come out on top in the traditional first four voting states, early voting will allow a much broader swath of voters to play a key role in picking the nominee.  In Minnesota, in-person early voting began Jan. 17.

    The Iowa caucuses are more than a week away, but millions of Americans are already free to vote. While much of the focus is on who will come out on top in the traditional first four voting states, early voting will allow a much broader swath of voters to play a key role in picking the nominee. In Minnesota, in-person early voting began Jan. 17.


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  • 60/71   Watch highlights from Day 3 of Trump's impeachment trial, in which Democrats argue abuse of power
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    The House impeachment prosecutors spent their second of three days of arguments at President Trump's Senate trial making their case that Trump abused his power and the Constitution and must be removed from office for those abuses. To help make their case, the Democratic managers used video clips to make virtual witnesses of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of Trump's legal team, and the president's hand-picked FBI director, attorney general, former top Russia advisers, and former homeland security adviser.It was, in other words,

    The House impeachment prosecutors spent their second of three days of arguments at President Trump's Senate trial making their case that Trump abused his power and the Constitution and must be removed from office for those abuses. To help make their case, the Democratic managers used video clips to make virtual witnesses of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of Trump's legal team, and the president's hand-picked FBI director, attorney general, former top Russia advisers, and former homeland security adviser.It was, in other words, "Trolling Day at the Trump trial," writes Susan Glasser at The New Yorker. But in prebutting the Trump legal team's telegraphed defense that Trump did nothing wrong, much less impeachable, the Democrats' "best witnesses ... were all the president's men," not "NeverTrump Republicans or Democrats. They were senior officials in the Trump Administration. It was devastating."But after two days of sitting down and listening for hours at a time, the senator-jurors were getting increasingly restless, flouting rules against leaving the chamber, talking to colleagues, and using electronic devices during the House impeachment managers' presentations. So the managers threw in some jokes. "Well, you've got to give Donald Trump credit for this: He has made a religious man out of Vladimir Putin," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said at a one point. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) also got a laugh after suggesting the Senate might at least subpoena the Baseball Hall of Fame to figure out which one person voted against Derek Jeter.You can watch highlights of the eight-plus hours of arguments, collected by PBS NewsHour.The Democratic impeachment managers have eight hours left to present their case on Friday, then Trump's team starts its rebuttal on Saturday morning.More stories from theweek.com Democrats walked right into Mitch McConnell's trap GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn questions patriotism of Purple Heart recipient Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Report: Kamala Harris is considering endorsing Joe Biden


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  • 61/71   Trump’s Peace Plan Is One Thing Most Israelis Will Agree On
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    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Few things can bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of Israel’s main opposition party, Benny Gantz. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited peace plan is one of them.Netanyahu and Gantz, whose parties will face one another for the third time in a year in March’s elections, will be arriving in Washington next week, where the president is expected to brief them on what he has called “the ultimate deal.”Israeli leaders historically have chafed at U.S. plans to impose peace terms, preferring instead for Americans to broker peace negotiations. The Trump plan is different. In Israel, it is already being called “the deal of the century.” While the White House has not yet released any details, administration officials tell me a preview of some of the plan’s parameters can be found in a March 2019 speech delivered by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman.In the speech, Friedman argues that putting off the peace process risks leaving the deal-making to a future administration — one that would not be as friendly to Israel as Trump’s. “Can we leave this to an administration that may not understand the need for Israel to maintain overriding security control of Judea and Samaria and a permanent defense position in the Jordan valley?” he asked, using the biblical names of the territory that comprise the West Bank.It was not merely a throwaway line. Both Netanyahu and Gantz have said they would begin annexation of key areas of the Jordan River valley, though Gantz has said he would do this in conjunction with the international community. Needless to say, this has been a red line for the Palestinian Authority.Friedman also raised the issue of Jerusalem in that speech (not surprising, since he helped orchestrate moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem). “I think that even three millennia ago, King David recognized that Israel’s enemies would seek to undermine the centrality of Jerusalem to the state of Israel and to mischaracterize and vilify the Jewish state,” he said.Here, administration officials say, Friedman is reinforcing another element of the peace plan: that East and West Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty. Prior peace negotiations have put off the final status of Jerusalem. Palestinians claim the city, known in Arabic as al-Quds, as their capital. In the final weeks of the presidency of Barack Obama, the U.S. abstained from a UN Security Council vote that declared Israel’s presence in East Jerusalem was occupied territory. Israel unified the city after the Six Day War in 1967.Other Washington sources who have been briefed on the plan tell me the Palestinians will have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a condition for accepting the territory carved out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that would make up their future state. This was a key demand from Netanyahu during the Obama administration, but unlike Trump, Obama did not endorse this position during negotiations.So Trump’s vision for a two-state solution will almost certainly be rejected by the Palestinians. Ten years ago, such an open rejection would have been a diplomatic disaster for the U.S. Until recently, Arab states conditioned cooperation against Iran and on counterterrorism to a viable peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. If a U.S. president had offered the Trump plan in 2010, he would have jeopardized that cooperation.Now the world is a different place. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt no longer view counterterrorism or opposition to Iran as a favor to the U.S. It is a matter of national survival.The main risk for Trump’s plan is that it could embolden Israel to take steps that would make it much harder to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In this sense, Trump’s proposal could encourage Israeli unilateralism. If Palestinians reject the plan, as expected, it could become “an instrument that facilitates an American blessing of an Israeli annexation,” said David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.That is a danger. But there is also a chance that Trump’s departure from the prior peace-process consensus could spur the Palestinians to make new compromises. That won’t happen right away. If the president is re-elected in November, however, the Palestinian leadership may reconsider their options.Last year, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, unveiled an economic plan in Bahrain, promising to help raise $50 billion in private and regional government investment if the Palestinians accepted a peace deal with Israel. The Palestinian Authority boycotted that event. If they are looking at four more years of Trump in the White House, that bribe will be a tempting alternative to the cold shoulder the Palestinians have received for most of Trump’s first term.To contact the author of this story: Eli Lake at elake1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Newman at mnewman43@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Eli Lake is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering national security and foreign policy. He was the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast and covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Few things can bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of Israel’s main opposition party, Benny Gantz. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited peace plan is one of them.Netanyahu and Gantz, whose parties will face one another for the third time in a year in March’s elections, will be arriving in Washington next week, where the president is expected to brief them on what he has called “the ultimate deal.”Israeli leaders historically have chafed at U.S. plans to impose peace terms, preferring instead for Americans to broker peace negotiations. The Trump plan is different. In Israel, it is already being called “the deal of the century.” While the White House has not yet released any details, administration officials tell me a preview of some of the plan’s parameters can be found in a March 2019 speech delivered by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman.In the speech, Friedman argues that putting off the peace process risks leaving the deal-making to a future administration — one that would not be as friendly to Israel as Trump’s. “Can we leave this to an administration that may not understand the need for Israel to maintain overriding security control of Judea and Samaria and a permanent defense position in the Jordan valley?” he asked, using the biblical names of the territory that comprise the West Bank.It was not merely a throwaway line. Both Netanyahu and Gantz have said they would begin annexation of key areas of the Jordan River valley, though Gantz has said he would do this in conjunction with the international community. Needless to say, this has been a red line for the Palestinian Authority.Friedman also raised the issue of Jerusalem in that speech (not surprising, since he helped orchestrate moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem). “I think that even three millennia ago, King David recognized that Israel’s enemies would seek to undermine the centrality of Jerusalem to the state of Israel and to mischaracterize and vilify the Jewish state,” he said.Here, administration officials say, Friedman is reinforcing another element of the peace plan: that East and West Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty. Prior peace negotiations have put off the final status of Jerusalem. Palestinians claim the city, known in Arabic as al-Quds, as their capital. In the final weeks of the presidency of Barack Obama, the U.S. abstained from a UN Security Council vote that declared Israel’s presence in East Jerusalem was occupied territory. Israel unified the city after the Six Day War in 1967.Other Washington sources who have been briefed on the plan tell me the Palestinians will have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a condition for accepting the territory carved out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that would make up their future state. This was a key demand from Netanyahu during the Obama administration, but unlike Trump, Obama did not endorse this position during negotiations.So Trump’s vision for a two-state solution will almost certainly be rejected by the Palestinians. Ten years ago, such an open rejection would have been a diplomatic disaster for the U.S. Until recently, Arab states conditioned cooperation against Iran and on counterterrorism to a viable peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. If a U.S. president had offered the Trump plan in 2010, he would have jeopardized that cooperation.Now the world is a different place. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt no longer view counterterrorism or opposition to Iran as a favor to the U.S. It is a matter of national survival.The main risk for Trump’s plan is that it could embolden Israel to take steps that would make it much harder to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In this sense, Trump’s proposal could encourage Israeli unilateralism. If Palestinians reject the plan, as expected, it could become “an instrument that facilitates an American blessing of an Israeli annexation,” said David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.That is a danger. But there is also a chance that Trump’s departure from the prior peace-process consensus could spur the Palestinians to make new compromises. That won’t happen right away. If the president is re-elected in November, however, the Palestinian leadership may reconsider their options.Last year, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, unveiled an economic plan in Bahrain, promising to help raise $50 billion in private and regional government investment if the Palestinians accepted a peace deal with Israel. The Palestinian Authority boycotted that event. If they are looking at four more years of Trump in the White House, that bribe will be a tempting alternative to the cold shoulder the Palestinians have received for most of Trump’s first term.To contact the author of this story: Eli Lake at elake1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Newman at mnewman43@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Eli Lake is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering national security and foreign policy. He was the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast and covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 62/71   Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel
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    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...

    If you're planning a winter trip to another country, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines. ...


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  • 63/71   Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on media
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    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.

    President Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.


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  • 64/71   5 Turkey Cooking Tips Will Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird This Holidays
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    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.

    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.


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  • 65/71   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 66/71   Is It Time for a Medication Reconciliation?
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    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...

    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...


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  • 67/71   Brown-Bag Lunches for Kids With Food Allergies
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    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...

    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...


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  • 68/71   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...

    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...


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  • 69/71   Try These Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
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    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...

    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...


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  • 70/71   The 9 Best Jobs for Teachers To Make Some Cash During the Summer Break
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    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.

    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.


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  • 71/71   How to Spot and Avoid Algal Blooms
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    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...

    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...


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