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  • Biden???s Media Strategy: Duck The Press Unless You???re Under Duress
    June 22, 2019

    Biden???s Media Strategy: Duck The Press Unless You???re Under DuressBloomberg via GettyThe first time former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to national media reporters in nearly a week of campaigning was to address a political minicrisis of his own making.On Wednesday evening, hours after Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) had admonished him for fondly recalling the collegiality of segregationist senators of the ???70s, the former vice president was asked if he would apologize. ???Apologize for what? Cory should apologize, he knows better,??? Biden responded, standing outside an SUV on his way into a fundraiser. ???There???s not a racist bone in my body, I???ve been involved with civil rights my whole career. Period. Period. Period.???The moment marked a new level of aggression in a still-nascent Democratic primary. It also put the spotlight on what Democratic officials say is a risky and often confusing campaign blueprint being deployed by the party???s presidential frontrunner. Increasingly, Biden seems to speak publicly or talk with reporters only when he is under duress. ???It is not a tenable strategy,??? said David Axelrod, who worked with Biden as the top communications adviser on the 2008 campaign, and in the Obama White House. ???His message is that he???s the guy who can beat Donald Trump and he is viewed as the least risky choice. Over time, if the only interactions he has is around these screwups and gaffes, then he is going to start losing that message.??? Booker, Harris, Warren Tee Off on Biden for His Nostalgia for Segregationist SenatorsOver the past few weeks, Biden has been forced to grapple with a number of minicontroversies and self-inflicted wounds. His nostalgia for former Sens. James O. Eastland (D-MS) and Herman E. Talmadge (D-GA) was preceded by a 24-hour flip-flop on a law banning federal funds from funding abortion (Biden went from supporting the Hyde amendment to opposing it). Those two instances came after Biden was criticized for not offering a full apology to Anita Hill and for humorously dismissing accusations that he made women uncomfortable by invading their space. Virtually every candidate running for president has to clean up the messes he or she makes. That???s especially true for the frontrunners and those who, like Biden, have a proclivity for speaking with limited filters. But what makes Biden???s current approach so confusing for other Democrats is that much of his public-facing campaigning has involved doing only that. Elsewhere, the former vice president has kept a notably low profile, taking little opportunity to push his larger campaign message or make proactive defenses of his political baggage.Biden hasn???t appeared on national television since the day after he officially declared his run for president. Since then, the campaign has repeatedly declined invitations from television and cable news outlets. One network source told The Daily Beast that over the past several months, Biden has been offered a number of appearances on MSNBC, including telephone interviews. And a CNN insider said the network reached out to the former vice president in the months before he even launched his campaign, inquiring whether he would be interested in participating in upcoming town hall events.In addition to missing many of the forums packed with 2020 Democratic prospects, Biden was the only 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to decline an interview by The New York Times as part of its package this week comparing the various candidates (and wouldn???t respond to questions when asked why he didn???t participate).???I think that it is never a good idea to sit on a lead. That rarely works out well, and that's what they???re doing,??? said Axelrod.While in South Carolina this weekend, Biden worked the rope line well into the evening, mingling with press and voters, but his campaign has previously restricted press access, running the vice president???s press availabilities in a vastly different manner from the rest of the candidates. Biden???s campaign has at points sealed off the press at events, only allowing a single reporter to represent the campaign press pool at Biden fundraising events. Occasionally, the Biden campaign has even seemed to forget or reverse course on planned media appearances. Earlier this month, the former vice president???s staff told campaign reporters that he was going to be holding a press gaggle following an event in New Hampshire. But reporters were left hanging when Biden left the event and got into a waiting SUV without taking questions. For communications specialists, the reticence seems not just at odds with the realities of modern media, but also unwise, leaving the impression that Biden???who has a reputation for joviality???is almost afraid of the scrutiny. ???If you are only interacting with the press when there is an issue of concern, you reinforce that perception that there are only problems,??? said longtime Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, who runs Park Street Strategies. ???You're in a turtle mode instead of being proactive about what you???re pushing out.???Biden???s defenders argue that the reason that he appears to interact with the press during times of duress is largely because those episodes are over-emphasized by the media itself. They point to polling data showing his consistent lead in the primary as evidence that the national press corps has fundamentally different priorities than the Democratic electorate. The campaign has created its media strategy around that theory as well. Instead of doing national interviews, they have focused the vast majority of their attention on smaller local news outlets in the early primary states. Since jumping into the race in April, Biden has sat down for at least a dozen interviews with local TV and radio stations in Iowa and New Hampshire.Biden hasn???t been entirely closed off from national outlets. His campaign is the only one in the primary that allows a print pooler into his fundraising events. And on Thursday, senior Biden adviser Symone Sanders told CNN that the former VP would be sitting down for an interview this weekend. Sources told The Daily Beast that Biden would likely be one of several candidates sitting down with host Al Sharpton at an event for 2020 presidential contenders in South Carolina that MSNBC has exclusive rights to broadcast. Nevertheless, Biden???s caution when dealing with the press has stood out in a field of candidates where many others seem willing to accept any media request or live-streaming opportunity. Former Rep. Beto O???Rourke (D-TX) has been comfortable enough with campaign reporters to invite them on jogging outings, while South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is so willing to sit for interviews he took questions while drinking brown-bagged beer in a park in New York City.Campaign veterans say it would be unwise for Biden to go to those extremes, and not just because of his history of saying things that cause him political headaches. According to their logic, the former VP is already well known to the public and instead of re-introducing himself to voters, he can afford to spend that time on other campaign functions. The question now being asked of the Biden campaign is not just whether they took that theory too far but whether he could actually maneuver through the current media landscape if he tried. ???You are not in the Hyde amendment era in the Democratic Party, and you are not in the James O. Eastland era of the party,??? said James Carville, a longtime Democratic operative. ???How can you have the give and take [with the press] when your instinct is to get on the wrong side of two great issues of the modern Democratic Party, and that???s abortion and racial relations? The world has changed.???Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Motorcycle community mourns 7 killed in 'devastating' New Hampshire biker crash
    June 23, 2019

    Motorcycle community mourns 7 killed in 'devastating' New Hampshire biker crashThe tight-knit motorcycle community was reeling Sunday after a horrific??biker??collision left seven people dead??and three injured in New Hampshire.


  • Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police
    June 23, 2019

    Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by policeSometimes, when life in the wild all gets a bit much, a clean cupboard in a warm home is a much more inviting place for a nap.A black bear broke into a family house, locked itself into a laundry room and then went to sleep on the wardrobe shelf, defying all efforts to lure it out.Police were unable at first to reach the furry intruder because it had managed to bolt the door from the inside as it ripped apart the homeowners??? belongings.When officers knocked on the window to wake the bear, it just yawned, they said.Eventually, they managed to unlock the door to allow wildlife experts to tranquillise the animal to get it out and return it to the wild.The homeowners, in Butler Creek in the US state of Montana, were alarmed to find the animal had barricaded itself in during the night.The Missoula County sheriff???s office posted on social media: ???Wow!!! What a day!???They explained: ???When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside.???After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.???When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door.???Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.???Officers added: ???The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won???t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities.???Residents were warned to lock up their homes as the bear had reportedly tried at least two other doors.


  • Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat
    June 23, 2019

    Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boatItaly's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week. The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12. While 11 of those on board the Sea-Watch have been allowed to disembark -- including two pregnant women -- the vessel has been denied permission to dock in Italy.


  • Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats
    June 22, 2019

    Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with DemocratsU.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids for two weeks as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues. The president was under pressure from Democrats to call off the roundup, which was expected to target families in up to 10 U.S. cities on Sunday. U.S. House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, asked Trump by phone on Friday night to call off the raids, according to a person familiar with the matter.


  • Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelines
    June 23, 2019

    Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelinesFive underwater pipelines have been damaged and put out of order after a sabotage attack off the coastal town of Banias, Syria's oil ministry said Sunday. The damage was discovered after divers checked to see what was behind an oil leakage, the ministry said. Banias is home to one of Syria's two oil refineries.


  • How an Aircraft Carrier and a Submarine Hunted Each Other During the Falklands War
    June 22, 2019

    How an Aircraft Carrier and a Submarine Hunted Each Other During the Falklands WarOn the afternoon of April 30, 1982, the War Cabinet of Prime Minister Margret Thatcher transmitted a message to three Royal Navy submarines in the South Atlantic???designating the carrier Veinticino de Mayo a priority target to be hunted down and destroyed.The Argentine carrier???ironically, of British origin???posed an unpredictable threat to the Royal Navy taskforce commencing amphibious operations to retake the disputed Falkland Islands following their seizure by Argentinian troops on April 2, 1982.The ensuing nine-day game of cat-and-mouse between British submarines and the anti-submarine aircraft onboard the Veinticinco is recounted in A Carrier at Risk by Mariano Sciaroni, who compares interviews with Argentine sources with Reports of Proceedings filed by British submariners to shed new light on a formerly obscure subject.Sciaroni???s book not only serves as a primer for the anti-submarine tactics and technology of the time, but features many maps plotting day-by-day movements of the combatants and numerous photos and color illustrations depicting the vessels and aircraft engaged. Sciaroni also captures the routines and human foibles of wartime life at sea, such as quarrels over stocking snacks in the pilot ready room and fearful crewmen sleeping at their stations in life vests.


  • Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gathering
    June 23, 2019

    Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gatheringSheriff's deputies broke up a large gathering of street racers who had taken over a parking lot in Corona, authorities said.


  • Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia
    June 24, 2019

    Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia(Bloomberg) -- Malaysia???s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he underestimated the challenges of governing the country before his shock election victory last year.???I underestimated because we were on the outside and we didn???t get any information on what was happening on the inside,??? Mahathir said in an interview with Bloomberg Television???s Haslinda Amin in Bangkok at the 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit. ???We are having a very tough time dealing with damages in the finances as well as the crimes that were committed.???Here are some key comments from the interview:1MDBGoldman Sachs offered ???a little compensation??? versus the ???huge killing??? it made, Mahathir said, noting he was unsure where the money lost from the 1MDB scandal has gone.The scandal surrounding 1MDB sprawls from the U.S. to Switzerland, reaching the highest levels of Malaysian politics while ensnaring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its first criminal case. Mahathir has raised the amount he wants to recoup from 1MDB to $7 billion after previously saying he sought $4.5 billion that U.S. prosecutors estimated went missing from the state fund. So far, the Southeast Asian country has brought back less than $500 million.Mahathir said in May he was awaiting a response from Goldman Sachs before deciding whether to take legal action against the bank over ???too high??? fees on 1MDB bond sales. Malaysia had already announced criminal charges against Goldman in December, accusing the lender of misleading investors when it knew that funds raised from the $6.5 billion bond offer it arranged would be misappropriated. The bank said it will defend against the allegations.ChinaMahathir disagreed he was sending a message to the U.S. by taking China???s side on certain issues. It???s ???free speech,??? he said. ???I don???t like the old idea of cooking something up in the West and then asking us to accept them. China is a bit more sensitive to our feelings.???On the resumed multi-billion dollar rail project, he said: ???We were able to renegotiate the terms of the contract. It is quite obvious that the contract was overpriced.,??? he said. The government considered dropping the project altogether ???but did not want to pay huge compensation on it.???The project will now cost 44 billion ringgit ($10.7 billion) instead of the original 65.5 billion ringgit, according to a statement from the prime minister???s office in April.SuccessionLast May, Mahathir led Malaysia to its first change in government since its independence from Britain in 1957. The country is set for another political shift as he is expected to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim, who said Mahathir had made it ???very clear??? that Anwar would get the top seat by May next year.Mahathir said he will hand over to Anwar in ???a year or so.??? He doesn???t want to leave Malaysia in shambles, he said, pointing to the state of the country when his predecessor Najib Razak was ousted.???I made a promise, I keep my promise,??? Mahathir said. When asked why he was reluctant to set a date for the handover, Mahathir said it was because ???there may be something I need to do before I step down,??? noting he wanted to fix Malaysia???s debt.When asked whether he had changed, Mahathir replied: ???I don???t know, I???m still myself. Well I want to work for the country. I don???t have much of a future so the last thing I want to do is to go away leaving the country in shambles, like the previous one.???EconomyMahathir has trimmed state spending to narrow the budget deficit to 3.4% of gross domestic product this year, from a five-year high of 3.7% last year. Fiscal recovery remains fragile as the government spends billions rescuing troubled institutions from the Hajj fund to an agency overseeing farmers. His administration replaced a sweeping goods-and-services tax with a more targeted consumption tax last year, and is now counting on state oil company dividends to support revenue.The government would be careful in choosing buyers for beleaguered national carrier Malaysian Airlines Bhd, he said Friday, noting: ???If there is a good offer, we will consider.???(Updates with Mahathir comment in 14th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected a quote in 3rd and 11th paragraphs from story that moved on Friday.)To contact the reporters on this story: Yudith Ho in Kuala Lumpur at yho35@bloomberg.net;Anisah Shukry in Kuala Lumpur at ashukry2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com??2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fry
    June 22, 2019

    For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fryCrowds snaked out the lot of the amphitheater, waiting for a free meal and a chance to hear 21 Democrats make their presidential pitch. What could go wrong?


  • To save its 'Catholic identity,' Indianapolis' Cathedral High School is firing a gay teacher
    June 23, 2019

    To save its 'Catholic identity,' Indianapolis' Cathedral High School is firing a gay teacherCathedral High School is one of 68 schools Catholic recognized by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and serves about 1,100 students in grades 9-12.


  • Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on Mars
    June 23, 2019

    Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on MarsNasa's Curiosity rover has detected another methane "spike" on Mars, in what could be a sign of alien life on the red planet. According to the New York Times, which obtained an email about the discovery written by senior scientists at Nasa, the rover detected "startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air." The detection of methane hints at an even greater discovery - life on Mars - as the gas is often??generated by microbes underground known as methanogens,which can survive without oxygen. "Given this surprising result, we???ve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment, " wrote scientist Ashwin R. Vasavada ??in the email published by the New York Times. It is not the first time Nasa's robot has detected methane levels on the planet, and scientists are still not sure whether the gas is caused by living microbes.?? This is because geothermal reactions, with no biological life involved, can also create methane.?? When Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 it could find barely any traces of methane, with less than one part per billion in the atmosphere.?? Then in 2013 the rover detected a sudden increase in methane levels, with seven parts methane per billion, which endured for several months and then vanished.?? The most recent discovery of Methane is 21 parts per billion, three times higher than the "spike" in 2013.?? While increased methane levels measured by @MarsCuriosity are exciting, as possible indicators for life, it???s important to remember this is an early science result. To maintain scientific integrity, the science team will continue to analyze the data before confirming results. pic.twitter.com/zSrONQHuc5??? Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 22, 2019 Scientists are also not ruling out the possibility that the methane was not recent, having been trapped underground for millions of years, and only now is gradually emerging through cracks in the surface.?? Thomas Zurbuchen, from Nasa's science mission directorate, advised people not to jump to any conclusions about the methane detection in a message on Twitter.?? "While increased methane levels measured by Mars Curiosity are exciting, as possible indicators for life, it's important to remember this is an early science result," he wrote.?? "To maintain scientific integrity, the science team will continue to analyse the data before confirming results."


  • University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking Lyft
    June 23, 2019

    University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking LyftSLC Police DepartmentMackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, texted her parents on June 17 to let them know she had landed safely at the Salt Lake City airport, her father told Fox News. Nobody has heard from her in the week since. According to police, Lueck landed home from a trip around 1 a.m. She then ordered a Lyft to an unfamiliar address in North Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to friends, Lueck???s phone has been off since she went missing, her car is still at her home, and her luggage hasn???t been found. She has not shown up to work, or class, since that early morning ride. Lueck's dad told local Fox station KTSU his daughter texted he and his wife to tell them her flight landed around 1 a.m. on Monday, June 17. Her family officially reported her missing that Thursday.Though Lueck has been missing for nearly a week, and police are investigating her disappearance, a formal search party has not been set up, the Tribune reports. In a press release issued by the Salt Lake City police department on Saturday, investigators said they have not ???discovered any information that would lead us to believe that Mackenzie has been harmed or is in danger at this time.??? In the same release, police also said ???detectives are concerned for Mackenzie???s welfare.??? Lyft has been working with Utah police to help trace Lueck's last known whereabouts, the Tribune reports.The ride share company told Fox News that the car???s route showed no irregularities, Lueck was successfully dropped off at her desired destination, and the driver began picking up more passengers immediately after her ride was complete. Authorities said they've been in contact with Lueck's apparent driver, but have not provided details of their account. ???We???ve confirmed with Lyft, the app, that???s where she requested to go, and with the driver that that???s where she did go,??? Salt Lake City Police Sargeant Brandon Shearer told ABC News. Shearer said the driver and Lyft have been cooperative. Lyft told Fox News in a statement on Sunday that they ???recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck... The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigations.???Lueck, who reportedly goes by ???Kenzie,??? is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, according to the Tribune. Her sorority sister Ashley Fine has been organizing volunteers to help in the informal search. Fine told The Salt Lake Tribune she does not know why her friend, who does not have a significant other, would have taken a ride to the address in North Salt Lake, instead of going directly to her home. As part of the community effort to find her, Lueck's friends organized a postering event at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday. A Facebook page with over 2,000 members has also been set up to help spread the word about her disappearance.???Everyone thinks that there???s danger in this story,??? Fine told a local abc news affiliate. ???Things aren???t adding up. She had another trip planned,??? Fine said. ???She???s making those plans with friends and family to have plans for the future. I don???t think she would hurt herself or anything like that... If you???re in a bad situation, please reach out... We???re really concerned for you.???Anyone with information about Lueck???s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000 and reference case No. 19-111129.This is a developing story.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Trump struggles to explain why Obama???s jobs numbers were better than his
    June 23, 2019

    Trump struggles to explain why Obama???s jobs numbers were better than hisDonald Trump has repeatedly struggled to explain why the number of jobs created during his presidency compared unfavourably with the new employment figures under Barack Obama.Presented with a chart which depicted the unemployment rate from the peak of the recession, the president was asked to account for slower rate of job creation since he entered the White House.In the interview on NBC???s Meet the Press ??? after Mr Trump had claimed his economy was ???great??? ??? Chuck Todd said: ???Your economy is great. I???m not saying it???s not great.???But this recovery started and in the 28 months that you???ve been president and the last 28 months of Obama???s presidency, he averaged more new jobs than your first 28.???Mr Trump initially responded by claiming that Mr Obama started with a ???bad base???. He was then asked if his jobs numbers were merely a continuation of those under his predecessor.Mr Trump said: ???Yeah, but Chuck, you have to understand, nobody was working. The whole place was a disaster. And I don???t ??? I???d never take that away.???Mr Trump continued to attempt to explain, he said ???But it???s very easy -- because when that turned around they pumped a tremendous amount of money into the economy.???He also had a Federal Reserve person who kept the interest rates low. I don???t. I don???t have that privilege.??? Mr Todd retorted: ???Sounds like you do now. Do you feel like you have sent the threat, your threat to demote him, do you think that???s had an impact???? The president dismissed suggestions he had threatened to demote Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, which Mr Todd questioned, saying: ???There???s been some talk that you might demote him to the number two slot.???Mr Trump responded: ???Well, I???d be able to do that if I wanted but I haven???t suggested that.???No, no, I have the right to do that. But I haven???t said that. What he???s done is $50 billion a month in quantitative tightening. That???s ridiculous. What he???s done is he raised interest rates too fast.???Mr Todd then asked the president if he was concerned that the raised interest rates would harm his chances at re-election.???I think the economy???s so strong we???re going to pull through it,??? Mr Trump said.???But I???m not happy with his actions. No, I don???t think he???s done a good job. I think this, if he didn???t raise rates Obama had very low rates. So Obama was playing with funny money. I wasn???t. I???m playing with the real stuff.???Obama had somebody that kept the rates very low. I had somebody that raised the rates very rapidly. Too much. He made a mistake.???That???s been proven. And yet my economy is phenomenal. We have now the best economy, maybe in the history of our country. One -- just to finish off, when I took over, this country, the economy was ready to collapse. You take a look at the numbers. It was ready to collapse.???Mr Todd suggested the numbers indicated the economy was stronger than the president implied, saying: ???I just showed you the numbers. It was not ready to collapse.???Mr Trump disagreed: ???You showed me unemployment numbers. Excuse me. Take a look at your GDP, take a look at your jobs, take a look at your optimism.???Take a look at all of the charts. When I took over from election day on, I mean, you show me one chart which, where I did. Take a look at some of the optimism charts and everything else. It went from 57 to 92. Nobody???s ever seen anything that right after I won.???Mr Todd conceded that job optimism was at a higher rate after Mr Trump was elected, but still maintained that his jobs numbers were lower than those of his predecessors. Mr Trump replied: ???Well, optimism is a big part of success in business.???


  • Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercy
    June 23, 2019

    Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercyThe avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness.


  • UPDATE 1-Iran, Venezuela may complicate global oil deal talks - Kazakhstan
    June 24, 2019

    UPDATE 1-Iran, Venezuela may complicate global oil deal talks - KazakhstanTalks between OPEC and its allies next month about whether to extend their pact on cutting oil supplies "won't be easy" and may be complicated by the situation facing Iran and Venezuela, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other large oil producers, including Russia and Kazakhstan, meet in Vienna on July 1-2 to discuss whether the oil output deal, which expires after June 30, should be continued. Kazakhstan wanted the deal extended into the second half of the year, he said, describing the oil price in a range of $60-$70 per barrel as "suitable".


  • 8 Can't-Miss Towns Near Great Driving Roads
    June 23, 2019

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  • N. Korea made $120 mn a year from joint factory park: report
    June 24, 2019

    N. Korea made $120 mn a year from joint factory park: reportNorth Korea raked in more than $120 million a year from a symbolic cross-border industrial zone that Pyongyang and Seoul are pushing to re-open as part of nuclear negotiations, a report said Monday. The Kaesong Industrial Complex -- where around 55,000 North Korean workers churned out products ranging from watches to clothes for some 125 South Korean companies -- was one of the most visible signs of reconciliation that followed the first inter-Korean summit in 2000. The South's current President Moon Jae-in has dangled re-opening the complex as an incentive for Pyongyang to engage in denuclearisation talks, but doing so is complicated by the web of international sanctions imposed on the North over its weapons programmes.


  • Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the Battlefield
    June 23, 2019

    Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the BattlefieldThe three Soviet tanks edged forward slowly as the drivers scanned for the concealed Germans that lay ahead. The lead tank suddenly clanked to a stop and swung its long barrel around. It looked much like one of Hannibal???s elephants with its trunk raised, sniffing the air before its planned lunge forward toward the hapless enemy.The Wehrmacht troops were in a precarious situation. They lacked air support there as the Soviets mounted a heavy attack in mid-August 1943 along the length of the Donets Front in eastern Ukraine. Antitank panzerfausts were not available to the 3rd Gebirgsjager (Mountain) Division, and the unit had few, if any, sticky charges to blow the tracks from the Soviet T-34 tanks. All they had were their wits and their bolt-action Mauser rifles against the three steel titans that loomed in front of them with scores of Red Army soldiers trailing.Suddenly, the lead tank???s hatch opened about 10 inches and a head appeared with binoculars to scan the scene. Sniper Josef ???Sepp??? Allerberger brought the Soviet tanker???s head into the center of his scope, and at some 500 feet he squeezed off a round. A splat of blood hit the hatch as the head sank into the bowels of the tank.


  • Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, more
    June 23, 2019

    Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, moreHere's what happens when emergency strikes on the high seas, from norovirus on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Coast Guard airlifts from Carnival Pride.


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