17 Sep 2019

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The Latest: Taliban claim attacks on Ghani rally, in Kabul

The Latest: Taliban claim attacks on Ghani rally, in KabulThe Taliban have claimed a deadly attack in northern Afghanistan that targeted President Ashraf Ghani's campaign rally, killing 24 people, and another attack, a Kabul explosion near the U.S. Embassy. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, says one suicide bomber targeted presidential guards who were protecting Ghani and the rally in northern Parwan province along with other members of the security forces.


17 Sep 2019 10:32am GMT

Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models showGreenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth's surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday. The new calculations also suggest the Paris Agreement goals of capping global warming at "well below" two degrees, and 1.5C if possible, will be harder to reach, the scientists said. "With our two models, we see that the scenario known as SSP1 2.6 -- which normally allows us to stay under 2C -- doesn't quite get us there," Olivier Boucher, head of the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace Climate Modelling Centre in Paris, told AFP.


17 Sep 2019 7:46am GMT

Ukraine wants settlement with former PrivatBank owner: newspaper

Ukraine wants settlement with former PrivatBank owner: newspaperUkraine's president wants a settlement with the former owner of PrivatBank, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk told a newspaper, potentially derailing the IMF-backed nationalization of the country's largest bank. The remarks published in the Financial Times on Tuesday followed Friday's statement by PrivatBank's former owner Ihor Kolomoisky saying there was room for an amicable solution now Volodymyr Zelenskiy was president. PrivatBank was nationalized against Kolomoisky's wishes in December 2016 and its fortunes are closely watched by investors because the International Monetary Fund may freeze aid to Ukraine if the nationalization were to be reversed.


17 Sep 2019 5:54am GMT

Foxconn Billionaire Terry Gou Drops Taiwan Presidential Bid

Foxconn Billionaire Terry Gou Drops Taiwan Presidential Bid(Bloomberg) -- Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of Foxconn Technology Group, pulled out of next year's presidential election in Taiwan, a move that may help unite the opposition Kuomintang party.Gou apologized to his supporters in a statement on Facebook Tuesday outlining his decision to withdraw from the race as an independent. After he quit the KMT last week, he had come under pressure from opposition leaders, including former President Ma Ying-jeou, to drop out of the race and support their nominee to help return the China-friendly party to power."With this poor election climate and prevailing populism, I'm not willing to participate in this political farce, not only for my own personal and factional interests, but also because class struggle is tearing Taiwan apart," Gou said in a video released Tuesday.Gou could still run as a candidate for one of Taiwan's established political parties.Shares in companies controlled by Gou slumped Tuesday. FIH Mobile Ltd. was the worst performer on Hong Kong's Hang Seng Composite Index, tumbling as much as 23.2%. His flagship Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. fell 2% in Taipei.Gou had been widely expected to run for the presidency after publicly flirting with the idea since losing the KMT primary to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu in July. Gou's candidacy threatened to sap support for Han who will challenge President Tsai Ing-wen in the Jan. 11 election.Gou trailed the two candidates from the main parties by at least seven percentage points, according to a survey released by TVBS last week. In a two-way race, Tsai leads with 49% of support, compared with 42% for Han.What had been shaping up as Taiwan's most competitive presidential election in decades could end up being essentially a straight fight between Tsai and Han. Another prospective independent candidate, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, said he had no intention of running for president, according to a report by TV news channel TVBS on Tuesday. Still, Tsai could face increased competition for voters who favor a stronger push for the island's formal independence. Former Vice President Annette Lu announced her intention to run as an independent. Lu served as vice president under Chen Shui-bian between 2000 and 2008.(An earlier version of this story was corrected to fix spelling of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. in fifth paragraph)\--With assistance from Tony Jordan.To contact the reporter on this story: Debby Wu in Taipei at dwu278@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Samson Ellis, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


17 Sep 2019 4:34am GMT

Experts to criticize US aviation authority over 737 MAX: source

Experts to criticize US aviation authority over 737 MAX: sourceA panel of global civil aviation authorities is expected to criticize the US Federal Aviation Administration's approval of Boeing's 737 MAX, which has been grounded for six months following two crashes, a source familiar with the matter said Monday. The panel, known as the Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR), was set up last April by the FAA amid criticism of the FAA'S close ties to Boeing. The FAA was the last global aviation authority to ground the 737 MAX after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia in March, leaving 157 dead, a few months after another went down in Indonesia, killing 189.


17 Sep 2019 4:00am GMT

Putin Loses Legendary Approval-Rating Crown to His New Neighbor

Putin Loses Legendary Approval-Rating Crown to His New Neighbor(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Vladimir Putin takes great pride in his sky-high approval rating. But with Muscovites rising up and a new government instilling hope in Ukraine, he's being outshone by the president next door, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.It's still early days for the administration in Kyiv. While pushing a raft of popular reforms, Zelenskiy, 41, remains in his honeymoon period, while cries he's too close to a local billionaire grow louder.The 66-year-old Putin, meanwhile, is approaching two decades as Russia's leader. Economic expansion has fizzled out, and along with it the spending largess that kept the masses happy.The last time his popularity sagged meaningfully, Putin famously got a boost after annexing Crimea from Ukraine and fomenting a war between the two former allies.Zelenskiy has a long way to go to match the 89% rating Putin reached back then.To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Langley in London at alangley1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrea Dudik at adudik@bloomberg.net, Gregory L. WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


17 Sep 2019 4:00am GMT

'Evil needs to pay': Missing Florida mom Casei Jones and her four children all found dead in Georgia

'Evil needs to pay': Missing Florida mom Casei Jones and her four children all found dead in GeorgiaCasei Jones, 32, and her four children, were found dead in Georgia and a warrant has been issued for Casei Jones' husband, Michael Wayne Jones Jr.


17 Sep 2019 1:26am GMT

Half of the 147 tigers rescued from Thai temple have died

Half of the 147 tigers rescued from Thai temple have diedMore than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday. The tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, leading to laryngeal paralysis causing respiratory failure, said national parks official Patarapol Maneeorn. The DNA of all 147 confiscated tigers could be traced to six tigers who were the original breeding stock, said Patarapol, head of the department's Wildlife Health Management Division.


17 Sep 2019 12:43am GMT

16 Sep 2019

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Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in IdahoThe partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday. The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially melted in 1979, an event that changed the way Americans view nuclear technology. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined there would be no significant impact from extending the license to store the core at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes Idaho National Laboratory.


16 Sep 2019 10:52pm GMT

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions

Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millionsA failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday. Honduras was the country hardest hit, with the entirety of its territory and its more than 9 million inhabitants affected. Traffic snarled as more than 600 stoplights went dark in the capital, Tegucigalpa.


16 Sep 2019 10:34pm GMT

Elon Musk claims 'pedo guy' tweet did not suggest British diver was paedophile

Elon Musk claims 'pedo guy' tweet did not suggest British diver was paedophileElon Musk has claimed a tweet in which he labelled a British diver "pedo guy" was not meant to suggest he was a paedophile.The Tesla founder insisted the remark was a "common insult," according to a US court filing lodged in response to a defamation lawsuit.


16 Sep 2019 10:18pm GMT

'A war zone': Propane explosion kills firefighter, injures 8 others, levels building in Maine

'A war zone': Propane explosion kills firefighter, injures 8 others, levels building in MaineA firefighter was killed and eight others were injured when a powerful propane explosion destroyed a new building Monday in Farmington, Maine.


16 Sep 2019 10:12pm GMT

Warren Goes After Trump’s Sister in Anti-Corruption Push

Warren Goes After Trump’s Sister in Anti-Corruption PushBrian Snyder/ReutersSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is adding some new proposals to her anti-corruption plan, this time with one particularly provocative target: President Trump's sister. In a Medium post published Monday, the Massachusetts Democrat proposes closing the loophole that "allows federal judges to escape investigations for misconduct by stepping down from their post." In outlining the idea, Warren specifically references a case involving Trump's sister Maryanne Trump-Barry, whose retirement brought an abrupt end to an investigation into her role in various tax schemes of the family and potential fraud therein. "Under my plan, investigations will remain open until their findings are made public and any penalties for misconduct are issued," Warren writes in the post. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Trump's Actions 'Align' With Authoritarian RegimesIn spotlighting the Trump-Barry case, Warren becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to take an overt shot at the president's sister. But Trump-Barry isn't the only judge that Warren cites as a basis for her ethics policy. The senator also cites allegations of sexual misconduct against the former appeals court judge Alex Kozinski and how a probe into the allegations was scuttled when he resigned. Nor is the proposal dealing with federal judges the lone plank in the new policy. The proposal is one of many in a larger package that includes banning "lobbyists from making political contributions" and "from bundling donations or hosting fundraisers for political candidates." It would also ban senior officials and members of Congress from serving on for-profit boards and prohibit courts from using sealed settlements to conceal evidence in cases involving public health and safety. Collectively, the program is ambitious in its scope. But it would face hurdles to its passage. Warren is attaching it to her current ethics bill which requires congressional approval in order for enactment. The timing of Warren's proposals is politically intriguing, however, as it comes as reports of new sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Warren, as well as many of her 2020 Democratic opponents, said on Sunday that they believed the new revelations warranted impeachment of Kavanaugh, something that several progressive groups have been pushing as well. In laying out her new ethics pledge, Warren says that the proposed closing of loopholes could apply to situations like Kavanaugh's, as she noted that a judicial conduct panel dismissed a number of ethics complaints against Kavanaugh in August, citing their lack of authority over Supreme Court justices. "Our federal court system only works if the American people have faith that it is neutrally dispensing fair-minded justice without bias or personal interests interfering in judicial decisions," Warren writes. "If we want the American people to believe this, we need some serious judicial ethics reforms."The release of it precedes a speech Warren will deliver in New York City on Monday night near the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, continuing a pattern for the 2020 contender of introducing policy tied to the historical struggles of workers. 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.


16 Sep 2019 8:08pm GMT

Qatar announces new residency scheme for investors

Qatar announces new residency scheme for investorsQatar announced Monday it will grant residency to foreign investors for the first time, state media reported, the latest in a series of measures designed to diversify the economy. Foreigners investing an unspecified level of "non-Qatari capital" in the economy will be eligible for renewable five-year residency permits, the state-run Qatar News Agency reported. Real estate developers active in Qatar's property market will also be eligible for the scheme, under the new law.


16 Sep 2019 7:50pm GMT

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment SurgeriesCalifornia added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.


16 Sep 2019 7:25pm GMT

Obama’s team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in court

Obama’s team lines up to defend Andrew McCabe in courtObama-era national security leaders would testify on behalf of McCabe should he face trial over allegations that he misled officials about leaks to the media.


16 Sep 2019 5:24pm GMT