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How did Kim Jong Un get his Mercedes Benzes?
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:05:36 GMT
On June 14, 2018, two armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard vehicles were shipped from the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, heading out on a journey that would take months and see the cars transported thousands of miles through six countries, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS).
First female European Commission President elected
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 21:09:34 GMT
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the European Commission's first female president.
Xi Jinping faces backlash in China and around the world
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:57:16 GMT
The backlash abroad against President Xi Jinping's China, at least in developed nations, has spread rapidly in the last year.
Beijing education reforms aim to help China's over-worked, over-tested students
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 01:07:52 GMT
Millions of school students have started their long summer vacation this month, but for some the two-month break won't be much of a holiday.
Half a million people told to work from home
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:13:48 GMT
Hyundai unveils India's most powerful electric car
Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:42:10 GMT
Hyundai just unveiled India's most powerful electric car and plans to build a network to charge it too.
Sex toys will be officially sanctioned at CES after vibrator controversy
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:36:49 GMT
Following allegations of sexism and gender bias, the Consumer Technology Association said Tuesday it would officially sanction sex tech companies, allowing them to show their products at next year's Consumer Electronics Show.
The billion-dollar Indian startup built on green energy
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:37:30 GMT
Indian startup ReNew Power has raised more than $1 billion in funds this year alone for its wind and solar business.
Wind and solar energy are getting cheaper
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:51:18 GMT
The simple laws of economics threaten to doom America's remaining coal power plants.
Would you trust an AI algorithm to diagnose your illness?
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:03:45 GMT
We put a lot of trust in our doctors — we listen to their diagnoses, take out their prescriptions, follow their dietary suggestions. Would we do the same for a computer?
Miami's Little Haiti wasn't a target for developers. Until the seas started to rise
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:14:00 GMT
America is building another big wall. This one will protect New York
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:39:29 GMT
How rich people could help save the planet from the climate crisis
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:20:40 GMT
Rich people don't just have bigger bank balances and more lavish lifestyles than the rest of us -- they also have bigger carbon footprints.
Stunning images from NASA's first 60 years
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 07:47:04 GMT
NASA marked its 60th anniversary last year, and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July.
NASA's impossible fighter jet with inverted wings
Sat, 13 Jul 2019 12:24:11 GMT
There's no airplane quite like the Grumman X-29. Its astonishing forward-swept wings were just one of its many bold innovations.
Is this the world's most beautiful metro?
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 04:01:19 GMT
When the Moscow Metro was first announced in the 1930s, the city's residents were immediately fascinated by how it might look. Station designs were reportedly displayed in shop windows along bustling Tverskaya Street, fueling Muscovites' curiosity toward the new underground network.
The unexpected history of the Sikh turban
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 02:26:44 GMT
Growing up in Southall, West London, where many of Britain's Sikhs settled after moving to the UK, the turban was all around us: at home, in the gurdwara, on the street. It is Sikhs' most identifiable feature.
Melania Trump tree statue gets mixed reviews
Sat, 06 Jul 2019 20:00:25 GMT
Melania Trump has made a surprise reappearance near her Slovenian hometown of Sevnica, emerging from a tree stump in the form of a rustic wood statue.
Clinton offers rare glimpse into her home
Thu, 30 May 2019 12:16:48 GMT
The Clintons may have left a certain Washington address almost 20 years ago, but -- unlike most of their presidential predecessors -- the family has kept a home in the US capital since leaving the White House.
Shark eaten whole in feeding frenzy
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 01:33:37 GMT
Perhaps the old saying is true: You are what you eat.
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Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:54:36 -0400
Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing documentSudan's ruling military and the pro-democracy movement have signed a political document that's part of a power-sharing deal meant to end the country's deadlock after weeks of stalled talks. The two sides — representatives from the military council and the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters — signed a so-called political declaration, one of two documents that are part of the deal.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being transferred to psychiatric hospital raises hopes for release, husband says
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:32:37 -0400
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being transferred to psychiatric hospital raises hopes for release, husband saysThe husband of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has said her transfer to a hospital psychiatric ward raises hopes of her being released.  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, was arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport while travelling with their young daughter in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of spying, a charge she vehemently denies. Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said she was transferred from Evin prison on Monday to the psychiatric ward of Iman Khomeini hospital, in Tehran, where she is being held under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Mr Ratcliffe told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the move could be a "prelude to her release".  He said: "It's possible it's good news. It's possible it's a prelude to her release. It's also possible that it's a prelude to her getting treatment and all my fears are unfounded and she's getting treated and she's there for a while to get treatment and then will go back to prison.  "But it's also possible that there's something else going on. One of the things that happened the last time she met the Revolutionary Guard, which was when she was on hunger strike, they were pressurising her to sign denouncements of the British Government and confess to various things.  "So that's when I started getting worried - as yesterday carried on - is that are they isolating her again to squeeze her." Richard Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy in London Her father said he visited the hospital on Tuesday but was not allowed to see his daughter and that she has not been allowed to contact her family. Before being transferred, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe told relatives: "I was healthy and happy when I came to Iran to see my parents. "Three and a bit years later and I am admitted to a mental health clinic. "Look at me now, I ended up in an asylum. It should be an embarrassment. "Prison is getting harder and harder for me. I hate being played in the middle of a political game. I just hate it." In a press release, the Free Nazanin Campaign said it is not known what treatment she is receiving or how long she is expected to remain in hospital. The transfer comes after Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe went on hunger strike for 15 days last month in protest at her "unfair imprisonment". Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella Mr Ratcliffe also did not eat for the period in solidarity with his wife as he camped on the pavement outside the Iranian Embassy in London. The couple's five-year-old daughter Gabriella has stayed in Iran with her grandparents since her mother's arrest. Mr Ratcliffe said: "Nazanin hoped that her hunger strike would move the Iranian authorities, and it clearly has. "Hopefully her transfer to hospital means that she is getting treatment and care, despite my distrust of just what pressures can happen behind closed doors. It is unnerving when we don't know what is going on. "I am glad her dad has been down there to keep vigil outside. "Mental hospital has its worries at the best of times - but particularly when kept isolated and under the control of the Revolutionary Guard. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe timeline "Even now it still seems like games of power and control are being played by the Iranian authorities - even at the point of hospitalisation. "We hope again this is the beginning of the end. And yet, we were also here last summer. "We will be following up with the new prime minister whenever that is decided to ensure he takes personal responsibility for Nazanin's case." Earlier this year, Foreign Secretary and Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in a bid to resolve her case.
Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leader
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:03:32 -0400
Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leaderAs Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country's greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation. After failing to form a parliamentary majority following April elections, the country is holding a repeat vote on Sept. 17.
Merkel Picks AKK to Take Over Troubled German Defense Ministry
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 01:33:40 -0400
Merkel Picks AKK to Take Over Troubled German Defense Ministry(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Angela Merkel unexpectedly picked Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Brussels-bound Ursula von der Leyen as defense minister, handing the head of Germany’s Christian Democrats a difficult portfolio as she seeks to develop her bid to become chancellor after Merkel’s term ends.The German leader, who has said she intends to remain in charge until the next scheduled election in 2021, moved quickly to replace von der Leyen, whose nomination as the next president of the European Commission was approved by the bloc’s parliament on Tuesday.The 56-year-old Kramp-Karrenbauer, known in Germany as AKK, inherits a job considered something of a poisoned chalice. Critics say the country’s armed forces are chronically underfunded. They have been plagued by allegations of inefficiency and reports of faulty equipment, with helicopters that can’t fly and submarines unable to sail.“When such an important position -- a core job in the cabinet -- becomes available, then a CDU leader must step up and take responsibility, and she is doing that,” Ralph Brinkhaus, head of the CDU parliamentary caucus, said in an interview with ZDF television Wednesday.“If you want to show leadership you don’t think about the risk, you just get on with the job,” he added. “In life, just as in politics, there are always risks, but if you don’t trust yourself to take on difficult tasks, then you don’t belong in politics.”Germany has been a regular target of calls by President Donald Trump for U.S. allies to boost funding for the military. Merkel, who turns 65 on Wednesday, has stood by a NATO-sponsored target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defense, even if it takes longer to get there than Trump wants.However, officials in the Social Democratic Party -- Merkel’s junior coalition partner which controls the Finance Ministry -- say the 2% target is an arbitrary distraction that they have no intention of implementing.(Adds Brinkhaus comments beginning in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at;Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at, Chris ReiterFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Iran says minister's missile remarks meant to challenge US
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 01:20:37 -0400
Iran says minister's missile remarks meant to challenge USIran says remarks by the country's foreign minister about Iran's missile program possibly being up for negotiations with the U.S. meant to challenge Washington's arms sales policy to the region — and were not meant to indicate a readiness by Tehran for any such talks. The Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, tweeted late on Tuesday that Mohammad Javad Zarif's comments "threw the ball into the U.S. court while challenging America's arm sales" to its Mideast allies.
PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - July 17
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:47:04 -0400
PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - July 17- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday Iran appeared willing to negotiate over its missile program "for the first time," in what he and U.S. President Donald Trump presented as evidence that sanctions and military pressure were working, less than a month after the president halted a planned military strike against Iran. - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone Jr. off major social media platforms, declaring that he violated a gag order by using them to attack the special counsel's investigation and officials tied to it.
Lebanese Delegation Requested Saudi Aid, Former Premier Says
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:18:21 -0400
Lebanese Delegation Requested Saudi Aid, Former Premier Says(Bloomberg) -- A delegation of three former Lebanese premiers asked Saudi Arabia for financial assistance to help shore up their country’s deteriorating finances ahead of a probable shift toward austerity.Fouad Siniora, Najib Mikati and Tammam Salam met with King Salman on Monday in Riyadh and proposed ways the kingdom could help, Salam said in an interview.“We brought up the financial issue and that Saudi used to place deposits and invest in treasury bills in the past. We said this would seriously contribute to fortifying Lebanon financially,” said Salam, who’s a member of parliament.Saudi Arabia began mending ties with Lebanon earlier this year when it lifted a travel advisory imposed in 2013 and dispatched a team of officials from the Shura Council to Beirut. Relations between the two countries took a hit after Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a close ally of the kingdom, resigned from Riyadh over Iran’s growing role in his country. Hariri rescinded the resignation amid claims it was orchestrated by the Saudis. Riyadh last year renewed a $1 billion credit line to Lebanon.Lebanon has pledged to reduce its budget deficit, fight corruption and overhaul its loss-making state-owned utility company to unlock $11 billion in loans and grants offered at an investor summit last year. Parliament is discussing the much-delayed 2019 budget in hopes of showing the international community that it’s serious about reforms.To contact the reporter on this story: Dana Khraiche in Beirut at dkhraiche@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at, Mark Williams, Stuart BiggsFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
US hopes North Korea talks will go ahead despite Pyongyang threat
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 23:43:38 -0400
US hopes North Korea talks will go ahead despite Pyongyang threatThe United States said Tuesday it hoped to hold denuclearization talks with North Korea, after Pyongyang warned that US-South Korean military exercises could affect their planned resumption. The North had earlier Tuesday hinted it could even reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing over next month's drills, which have been held for years but were scaled down to ease tensions with Pyongyang. It was the North's first statement on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to a resumption of dialogue at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas on June 30.
The Latest: Iran says it helped a tanker with tow to harbor
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:37:32 -0400
The Latest: Iran says it helped a tanker with tow to harborIran's state-run media is quoting the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the Islamic Republic helped an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz amid U.S. concern that Tehran seized one there. The state-run IRNA news agency early Wednesday quoted Abbas Mousavi as saying Iran towed an unnamed vessel to harbor after it suffered a technical malfunction.
US pushes for talks as North Korea hints it may lift nuclear test moratorium
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:17:23 -0400
US pushes for talks as North Korea hints it may lift nuclear test moratoriumWashington has said it looks forward to resuming disarmament talks with North Korea despite a threat by Pyongyang on Tuesday that it might call off its suspension of its 20-month nuclear and missile tests. The latest missive by the North Korean foreign ministry pre-empted a planned joint US-South Korea military exercise in August, which it called “a rehearsal of war, aimed at militarily occupying our Republic by surprise attack.” The statement said that Donald Trump, the US president, had pledged to suspend the military drills at his first historic summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore last year, which he reiterated at another unprecedented meeting of the two leaders last month on the border between the North and South.  It pointed out that its own earlier declaration of a moratorium on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests was made to improve ties and “not a legal document inscribed on paper.” It added: “With the US unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made,” stressing the military drill would also affect talks if it went ahead.  Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump agreed to resume talks when they met last month Credit: Susan Walsh/AP The statement bodes badly for breaking the deadlock in nuclear disarmament talks, even after Kim and Mr Trump agreed to resume working level negotiations after the US leader took the extraordinary step last month of becoming the first sitting US president to enter North Korea.  At the time, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, predicted negotiating teams would get back to the table by mid-July.  On Tuesday, the state department remained upbeat about the prospect of progress.   "We would hope that no one would try to block, in their government or our government, the ability for President Trump and Chairman Kim to make progress on the commitments they made to each other in Vietnam," spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a briefing, referring to the leaders’ February summit in Hanoi. "We look forward, of course, to resuming those negotiations, and we hope to talk, always, so we can advance progress on these commitments," Ms Ortagus said, reported Yonhap.
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