Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington

KIRKUK, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds are set to vote next week on independence from Iraq in what many say is a popular expression of their desire for self-determination after suffering for a century under war and dictatorship. But their staunchest ally, the United States, opposes the move, as do Iraqi rivals and regional powers. They say it could spark new …

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Donald Trump Jr. wants to give up Secret Service protection

Donald Trump Jr. has asked to be removed from Secret Service protection, telling friends he wants more privacy, according to two people briefed on the decision. It’s a rare move for a member of the president’s family to forgo a security detail, in part because adult children are counseled by the Secret Service that they are quickly seen as targets …

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Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable.

When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised? With young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, he promised an embrace of social and economic reform. He spoke of making our country …

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New climate change calculations could buy the Earth some time — if they’re right

A group of prominent scientists on Monday created a potential whiplash moment for climate policy, suggesting that humanity could have considerably more time than previously thought to avoid a “dangerous” level of global warming. The upward revision to the planet’s influential “carbon budget” was published by a number of researchers who have been deeply involved in studying the concept, making …

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U.S. jets drop live bombs in a new show of force aimed at North Korea

The Pentagon deployed a formation of 14 bombers and fighters over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday that also included South Korean and Japanese aircraft, the latest show of force in response to North Korea’s missile launches and nuclear tests. The warplanes were dispatched after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan on Thursday, triggering a widespread emergency alert …

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Category 5 Hurricane Maria is a disaster scenario for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands; Jose to brush by New England

After decimating the island of Dominica, Category 5 Hurricane Maria is plowing toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — the next target of its assault. Tuesday night and Wednesday, the storm will inflict a “potentially catastrophic” combination of destructive winds up to 160 mph, coastal inundation from surging ocean waters, and tremendous rainfall. “This is going to impact …

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With new operating system, Apple revamps its money-making App Store

(REUTERS) – Apple Inc’s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps. The system, called iOS 11, is being released on Tuesday ahead of its two newest phone handsets, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, set to start shipping to customers on …

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