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China Would Fight Trade War ‘to the End,’ State Media Says

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 02:09

China Would Fight Trade War ‘to the End,’ State Media Says(Bloomberg) -- China has the strength and patience to withstand the trade war, and will fight to the end if the U.S. administration persists with it, China’s state-run People’s Daily said in an editorial Saturday.The U.S. must drop all tariffs imposed on China if it wants to negotiate on trade, and only an equal dialogue can resolve the issue and lead to a win-win, the newspaper said.The paper, a mouthpiece for China’s ruling Communist Party, said the U.S. had failed to take into account the interests of its own people, and they are paying higher costs due to the trade dispute. “Wielding a big stick of tariffs” also disregards the condition of the U.S. economy and the international economic order, according to the editorial.U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan next week to discuss the trade war between their two countries. Trump has repeatedly asserted that tariffs on Chinese imports are paid by China, not U.S. consumers -- in defiance of the consensus of economists.If the U.S. chooses to talk, “then it must show some good faith, take account of key concerns from both sides and cancel all tariffs,” the paper said.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Amanda Wang in Shanghai at twang234@bloomberg.net;Evelyn Yu in Shanghai at yyu263@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sofia Horta e Costa at shortaecosta@bloomberg.net, Finbarr Flynn, Dave McCombsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Trump says new sanctions on Iran to start Monday, dials back rhetoric

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 02:01

Trump says new sanctions on Iran to start Monday, dials back rhetoricDUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy, an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by the Islamic Republic. On Thursday, an Iranian missile destroyed a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone, an incident that Washington said happened in international airspace. Trump later said he had called off a military strike to retaliate because it could have killed 150 people.


UPDATE 7-Iran says it will confront any U.S. threat, Trump eyes new sanctions

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 01:57

UPDATE 7-Iran says it will confront any U.S. threat, Trump eyes new sanctionsIran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any U.S. threat, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic. On Thursday, an Iranian missile destroyed a U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone. Tehran repeated on Saturday that the drone was shot down over its territory.


Crash between truck, motorcycles leaves 7 dead, 3 injured

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 01:34

Crash between truck, motorcycles leaves 7 dead, 3 injuredA truck and a group of motorcycles collided on a rural, two-lane highway Friday, killing at least seven people, injuring others, and sending bystanders scrambling for first aid kits and blankets to treat injured bikers scattered along the road. State police said that a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on U.S. 2 in Randolph. Along with the seven dead, state police said two additional people were transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital and one was airlifted to Maine Medical.


Russia's New Stealth Fighter Might Sink Your Warship. Here's How.

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 01:00

Russia's New Stealth Fighter Might Sink Your Warship. Here's How.Russia is designing an anti-ship missile for its Su-57 stealth fighter.But is hunting ships the best mission for such an advanced aircraft?Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko made the announcement while visiting the Detal Design Bureau, which is developing a new anti-ship missile, according to Russian news agency TASS.“Today the enterprise is working on developing an active homing warhead for the promising anti-ship missile that is planned to be carried by the Su-57 fighter as well," Krivoruchko said.“A working meeting was held on the premises of the Detal Design Bureau to discuss the issue of signing a contract with Tactical Missiles Corporation on acquiring the entire range of air-launched weapons for the Su-57 fighter jets,” TASS said.The Su-57 is Russia’s equivalent of the U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. A Mach 2 aircraft capable of air superiority and ground-strike missions, it is Russia’s first stealth plane, and probably the most sophisticated aircraft in the Russian arsenal. It also has a long and troubled history stretching back more than a decade, due to technical issues and even more because of financial considerations.  Estimates have ranged from $40 million to $156 million per plane—a figure that earlier made the Russian Air Force cancel mass production and buy just a handful of aircraft. Russia now has about a dozen Su-57s, which have flown a few missions over Syria.


As Johnson Prepares for Power, Tories Plot Against No-Deal Brexit

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 00:56

As Johnson Prepares for Power, Tories Plot Against No-Deal Brexit(Bloomberg) -- In the coffee shops and bars of Britain’s Parliament, the political conversation has already turned to the question that will define the country’s immediate future: Can Boris Johnson be stopped from pursuing a no-deal Brexit?The options under discussion for Conservative politicians who want to avoid a no-deal split from the European Union are dramatic. They include quitting the party and mounting a rebellion to bring down the government.The contest to succeed Theresa May as prime minister has seen a hardening of rhetoric around leaving the European Union. Johnson and his rival to be prime minister, Jeremy Hunt, argue that only by threatening to leave the EU without an agreement can Britain get a good deal.Johnson remains the front-runner to be the next prime minister, though he has raised new questions about his temperament. London police were called to his home early Friday morning after an argument with his partner Carrie Symonds became so heated that neighbors called authorities. Police said in a statement that they determined that everyone at the residence was safe and “there was no cause for police action.”The fear among some members of Parliament is that Johnson, in particular, will find himself boxed into a corner where he has to carry out his threat. That’s why politicians who oppose a no-deal Brexit, from the cabinet down, are bracing themselves for battle.Read more: Wit Made Boris Johnson -- And His Team Know It Could Undo HimThere has been talk of a vote of no-confidence in the government, with the idea floated even of doing it as soon as Johnson takes office in late July. This is a “nuclear option” that could destroy Johnson’s administration as soon as it is formed, leading to a general election.Plotters’ OptionsAny Conservative MP supporting a no-confidence vote would be expelled from the party and forbidden from standing as a Tory candidate, effectively ending their careers. Yet one veteran Conservative observed privately that he was ready to do it if necessary to avoid the economic disaster of a no-deal Brexit.Most no-deal opponents argue that such a radical move would not be necessary. Instead, they plan to seize control of the Parliamentary agenda, putting them in charge of the draft laws and motions that are debated and voted on -- matters that the government of the day usually decides.There’s no formal mechanism for this to happen, but officials point to the Standing Order 24 in the parliamentary rule book, which lets the opposition force an emergency debate.Parliamentary officials expect Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow to allow this rule to be used in an unprecedented way to set aside a whole day for debate. That day would give Johnson’s opponents a chance to pass a law blocking a no-deal Brexit.Willing to RebelSupporters of this plan are confident it would work. Rory Stewart, who ran for the party leadership but was knocked out, told journalists that "nearly 100 of my colleagues" would vote to prevent a move to leave the EU without a deal.That’s a big increase on the nine Conservatives who voted to block a no-deal Brexit in March. But even if it’s an exaggeration, there are good reasons to think that more Tories will be willing to rebel against the government to stop a no-deal exit under Johnson.He is such a divisive figure that some MPs could leave the party if Johnson wins and sit as independent MPs. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said he will. In the final stages of voting for leadership candidates, two Tories spoiled their ballots, suggesting they found all the remaining options unacceptable.Fractures, SchismsWhoever is the next prime minister will find he makes enemies as quickly as he makes friends. The suggestion that some Johnson supporters voted for Hunt in order to put his long-term rival Michael Gove out of the race has created resentment in parts of the Tory party. And there are likely to be MPs supporting Johnson in hope of getting government jobs who find themselves disappointed.The biggest group in the way of Johnson’s plan to leave the EU without a deal are the ministers he fires when he takes power.They would feel liberated to vote as they liked. Along with Stewart, other ministers who vocally oppose no-deal are May’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, the finance minister, and Justice Secretary David Gauke.If Johnson is defeated on a vote about no-deal, he will face another choice: Back down and see his credibility further eroded, or call an election -- and risk being thrown out of office only weeks after taking the job.(Updates with police visiting Boris’s home in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net;Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 00:55

Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pactSoutheast Asian leaders gathered in Bangkok on Saturday determined to drive forward the world's largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China clouding the outlook for their export-led economies. Disputes in the flashpoint South China Sea, Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims and plastic pollution in the seas are also set to be discussed at the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, chaired by Thailand.


America's 6th Generation Fighter Could Be Everything: 4 Things It Must Have

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 23:00

 4 Things It Must HaveWhile the United States moves towards full-scale of the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning stealth fighters, countries like France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom are looking to skip ahead to an even more advanced sixth-generation.It’s too soon to identify for sure what the sixth-generation jets will look like, as none exist yet, and they are only planned to enter service starting in the late 2030s and 2040s. However, there are many technologies likely to feature in the sixth generation of aircraft.Of course, it is the nature of arms races and military industrial complexes to already looking ahead to the next game in town. Thus the Navy and Air Force are already courting concepts from the defense industry on separate sixth-generation successors to the F-35, called the FA-XX and Penetrating Counter Air respectively.After the frustrations experienced in reconciling the Air Force’s and Navy’s differing demands for the F-35—and the mere 20 percent parts commonality that resulted between the two—the two services have little desire to jointly develop the Lightning’s successors. The PCA is intended to be a long-range escort fighter that can accompany forthcoming B-21 Raider stealth bombers into enemy airspace and protect them from enemy fighters. The FA-XX will likely be an interceptor that can better protect Navy carriers from enemy bombers and missiles.


ICE confirms plans to arrest more than 2,040 undocumented family members in deportation raids beginning Sunday

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:47

ICE confirms plans to arrest more than 2,040 undocumented family members in deportation raids beginning SundayImmigration and Customs Enforcement top official told ABC News on Friday that the agency plans to arrest more than 2,040 undocumented family members.


Man arrested month after woman jumps from window to escape brutal 6-hour rape

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 22:29

Man arrested month after woman jumps from window to escape brutal 6-hour rapePolice have arrested a man in Washington state who they say brutally raped a woman in Queens before she jumped from a window to escape.


Fellow SEALs say chief shot girl and old man in Iraq

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 21:50

Fellow SEALs say chief shot girl and old man in IraqTwo Navy SEALs testified Friday that their platoon chief gunned down a young girl and an old man in Iraq in 2017 from his sniper's perch, though neither witnessed him pulling the trigger. The SEALs said shots came from the tower where Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was posted and they watched through their scopes as the civilians fell to the ground. Dalton Tolbert said he and another sniper were in a neighboring tower in Mosul on June 18, 2017, and had fired warnings shots to scatter civilians by the Tigris River because the Islamic State was operating in the area.


12-year-old boy dies after fall from rock-climbing wall at North Carolina trampoline park

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 21:29

12-year-old boy dies after fall from rock-climbing wall at North Carolina trampoline parkA 12-year-old boy has died after falling from a rock-climbing wall at a trampoline park in Gaston County.


Mini Glock Gun: Why the Glock 42 Is One Dangerous Weapon

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 21:00

 Why the Glock 42 Is One Dangerous WeaponIn the right hands, the Glock 42 pistol could conceivably become as deadly as its larger caliber brethren. The smallest Glock, it is also suitable for whom concealability is a major purchase factor. While not for everyone, the combination of Glock’s pistol platform and John Browning’s small automatic caliber is still a compelling choice for users who combine both skill and discretion.(This article originally appeared earlier this month.)A combination of the successful Glock pistol design and a caliber invented by armsman John Moses Browning, the Glock 42 is certainly worth taking a look at.The pistol combines the Austrian gun manufacturer’s gun operating system with the .380 ACP pistol cartridge. The result is both a pistol for concealed carriers who desire a low recoil pistol and the smallest pistol in Glock’s lineup.Austrian gun manufacturer Glock has taken a tree-like approach to its pistol lineup, with the original Glock 17 9-millimeter pistol the trunk each major caliber it forays into a branch. The company will typically introduce the full-sized Glock in a new caliber, then quickly follow with compact, sub-compact, and competition-sized pistols to round out the caliber offering.Unlike other branches, like the .45 ACP and the .40 Smith & Wesson, the .380 ACP branch of the Glock tree is the smallest of them all, consisting of a single pistol: the Glock 42. The smallest and least powerful of all calibers the company has endorsed, the nature of the .380 ACP round makes it only suitable for a modern subcompact design.


E. Coli scare leads to multi-state recall of brownie mix

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 20:09

E. Coli scare leads to multi-state recall of brownie mixWith the weekend upon us it might seem like a lovely time to make yourself a tasty treat. If you've got a box of brownie mix in your pantry -- and you happen to live in Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, or South Carolina -- you might want to think again.The FDA just posted a new product recall bulletin for cookie and brownie mixes sold in those states, and the risks of accidentally consuming the tainted product could be high. The flour used in the various mixes may be contaminated with E. Coli.According to the recall notice, the flour used in mixes carrying the brand names Brand Castle, Sister's Gourmet, and In The Mix comes from supplier ADM Million Co., and that's where the trouble originated.> The product is being recalled because an ingredient supplier, ADM Milling Co., has issued a recall for the flour used in these products due to E. coli contamination found in a single lot code of H&R Flour at their Buffalo production plant.The full list of UPCs and lot numbers are available in the FDA's bulletin, so if you think you might have a jar of this mix sitting in a cupboard it would be wise to check.E. Coli is a group of bacteria that can cause some pretty serious issues if ingested. Strains of the bacteria can produce a variety of symptoms including cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea.The company says that it hasn't received any complaints of illness over the consumption of its products, but it's issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. The company is offering refunds to anyone who purchased the recalled mix, and a phone number and email address are provided on the recall notice.


Gold glistens as US-Iran tensions fuel flight to safety

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 20:03

Gold glistens as US-Iran tensions fuel flight to safetyGold prices struck near six-year highs on Friday as a weaker dollar and escalating US-Iran tensions fueled a flight to safer investments, while oil futures built on strong gains.


Oh My God, the Marines Have a Laser Now

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 20:00

Oh My God, the Marines Have a Laser NowWow Brace yourselves: Marine grunts now have their hands on a drone-killing laser cannon.Marines are currently evaluating a Compact Laser Weapons System (CLaWS) as "the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters on the ground," Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday.Unlike the Army's vehicle-mounted directed energy system, the CLaWS is "not intended to be a standalone system," according to MARCORSYSCOM, but the prototype will "serve as a component to an overall system" designed for counter-drone operations downrange."This was all in response to a need for counter unmanned aerial systems to take down drones," Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) program manager Don Kelley said in the MARCORSYSCOM release. "We're providing CLaWS to Marines as a rapid prototype for evaluation ... Depending on the results, CLaWS could become part of a larger capability set."


The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 19:17

 Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike IranPresident Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion to the shootdown of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Trump says he is "in no hurry," adding that increasingly severe sanctions meant to push Iran to the nuclear negotiating table are "biting" the Iranian economy. Iran, though, is showing no public inclination to negotiate.


Democrats call for oversight after Trump's Iran airstrikes reversal

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 19:07

Democrats call for oversight after Trump's Iran airstrikes reversalWarren accused Trump of instigating ‘another unnecessary conflict’ while Biden called it a ‘self-inflicted disaster’ * Follow the latest in US politics – liveElizabeth Warren: ‘There is no justification for further escalating this crisis – we need to step back from the brink of war.’ Photograph: Paul Sancya/APSenior US Democrats led the outcry on Friday against Donald Trump’s dramatic almost-launch of military action on Iran and the last-minute pullback – calling the crisis “self-inflicted” by America and pressing for a swift de-escalation.They also demanded oversight from Congress on decisions involving any eventual strikes. Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts who is gaining traction in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, accused the president of instigating “another unnecessary conflict”. She said: “There is no justification for further escalating this crisis – we need to step back from the brink of war.”Joe Biden, the current frontrunner in the Democratic contest for the 2020 election, had a personal take on the crisis as one half of the previous Obama-Biden administration, which in 2015 secured a nuclear deal with Iran. He lamented that by tearing up that agreement last year, Trump had only succeeded in making Tehran more aggressive in what he called a “self-inflicted disaster”.In a Twitter stream posted a few hours before Trump’s decision to turn back from military strikes, Biden added that “by walking away from diplomacy, Trump has made military conflict more likely. Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need.”Bernie Sanders, another leading contender for the Democratic nomination for the White House, was one of several to point out the authority vested in Congress to declare war – a power that has become heavily eroded since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. “Congress must assert its constitutional authority and stop Trump from going to war,” he said.While most Democrats were focused on the risk of war, some decried the almost haphazard manner in which Trump had called off airstrikes with just minutes to spare. Trump said he made the decision after he was informed that the strikes could cause the loss of up to 150 Iranian lives – but in that case, Democrats wanted to know, why was he informed so late in the process?Anthony Brown, the Democratic vice-chairman of the House armed services committee, told CNN: “But 10 minutes before a potential strike against Iran – that demonstrates a broken system, a lack of understanding and knowledge by our commander-in-chief.”


Lightfoot orders CPD not to cooperate with planned ICE raids

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:52

Lightfoot orders CPD not to cooperate with planned ICE raidsMayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday that the Chicago Police Department will not cooperate with planned raids by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency this weekend.


Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:45

Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. shipsOn Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials.


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