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Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions - The New York Times


Posted: Mon-Jul-2019



As the Saudi crown prince comes to the U.S. to court investment, new details cast doubts on his claims of a transparent, legal anti-corruption effort.

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'He's a scary person': Alleged Epstein victims ask judge to reject house arrest
Sexual Misconduct Epstein

Two of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls.

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Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma could be a 'game changer,' UN says
CONGO-EBOLA/BACKSTORY

Head of WHO calls a case of Ebola in the metropolis of Goma concerning because it is a gateway to neighbouring Rwanda.

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Trump assails Democratic congresswomen of colour for 2nd day
Pressley Tlaib Ocasio-Cortez Omar, Trump composite

U.S. President Donald Trump renews his attacks against four liberal congresswomen of colour, saying he wasn't concerned if people thought his tweets toward them were racist and accusing the lawmakers of hating the United States.

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Neo-Nazi sentenced to life plus 419 years in murder of Charlottesville demonstrator
Confederate Monument Protest

The self-professed neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., killing one of the demonstrators, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years on his first-degree murder conviction.

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China says Canadian citizen detained for drug offences
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Chinese police have detained a Canadian citizen in relation to a drug case involving students, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, an incident coming amid a deep chill in relations between the two countries.

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Trump makes Buy America rules more restrictive, demanding 75% U.S. components
Trump

U.S. policies which act as a barrier to Canadian businesses bidding on government projects are about to get more stringent.

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Over 300 dead found in latest mass grave discovered in Raqqa, Syria
Syria Mass Grave

In an open field on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, workers in black uniforms and red caps work under a scorching sun to dig up bodies from a large mass grave discovered last month.

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AI could better predict climate change impacts, some experts believe
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Some people say strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change may lie in machine learning and artificial intelligence. AI has a few advantages: It can work faster than a human being, can forecast further into the future, has a low error rate and it has 24/7 availability.

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Floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh displace millions, kill more than 100
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Floods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.

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Codebreaker Alan Turing to be face of new British banknote
Britain Alan Turin

Codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing has been chosen as the face of Britain's new 50 pound note, the Bank of England announced Monday.

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U.S. airlines cancel 737 Max flights through November, longer delays possible
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American Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.

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Ex-president Jacob Zuma defiant in South Africa hearing into government corruption
South Africa Corruption Ex-President

Former South African president Jacob Zuma told a corruption inquiry on Monday he had never broken the law with the Gupta family, describing the businessmen at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal as friends.

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European Commission nominee not ruling out another Brexit extension
EU-JOBS/VONDERLEYEN

The choice of EU leaders for European Commission president says she would support giving Britain more time to negotiate its exit from the bloc as part of a series of promises to persuade a lukewarm EU parliament to back her in the post.

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Russia, Ukraine in talks over fate of captured sailors, other prisoners
Ukraine sailors

The Russian envoy for human rights, Svetlana Moskalkova, arrived in Ukraine on Monday on a rare visit, and held talks with her Ukrainian counterpart about captured prisoners.

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When the lights went out on Broadway, the Come From Away cast took to the streets
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Broadway musicals go ahead in the biggest blizzards and hottest heat waves the city sees, so when Manhattan suffered a blackout on Saturday night, the show had to go on — one way or another.

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Weakened Barry still poses flood, tornado risks
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Even though tropical depression Barry did not unleash catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, many across the Gulf Coast were urged to take heed of tornado and flash-flood warnings Monday as the storm moved north.

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China's economic growth cools further amid U.S. tariff war
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China's economic growth slowed to its lowest level in a decade in the latest quarter, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington.

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Trump tells Democratic women of colour to leave U.S. in 'racist and disgusting' tweets
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed a group of Democratic congresswomen of colour as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to the "broken and crime-infested places from which they came," ignoring the fact that the women are American citizens and all but one were born in the U.S.

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EU seeks to de-escalate Persian Gulf tensions
Iran Persian Gulf Tensions

European Union nations were looking to de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

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U.K. ambassador calls Trump's withdrawal from Iran deal 'diplomatic vandalism'
Kim Darroch

A British newspaper has published more leaked memos from Britain's ambassador in Washington, despite a police warning that doing so might be a crime.

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German Jewish Leader Denounces Amazon For Allowing Sale Of Pro-Nazi Merchandise
It's "absolutely unacceptable" for Amazon to allow anti-Semitic books and T-shirts on its site, a leader from the Central Council of Jews in Germany stated. ... read more


UK Prime Minister Theresa May Says Trump's 'Go Home' Tweet Is 'Completely Unacceptable'
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May took aim at Donald Trump after he told congresswomen to "go back" to the "crime-infested places from which they came." ... read more


Congo Confirms First Ebola Case In Major City
The Congolese Health Ministry confirmed a case in Goma, a city home to more than 2 million. The country's Ebola outbreak is the second deadliest in history. ... read more


Russia Launches Telescope Into Space To Map The Cosmos In 'Outstanding' Detail
The Spektr-RG telescope, launched successfully into orbit on Saturday, aims to chart the first-ever map of the universe in high-energy X-rays. ... read more


Protesters Flood Hong Kong's Streets Again In Opposition Of Extradition Bill
The city's leader Carrie Lam has said the widely-loathed bill is "dead," but demonstrators are demanding its formal withdrawal and Lam's resignation. ... read more


Floods, Landslides Leave Dozens Dead Across Nepal And India
Recent monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding and mudslides across South Asia. Officials have warned of more flooding in the coming days. ... read more


Valiant Dog Named RuPaul Helps Save Woman From Sexual Assault
RuPaul and fellow canine hero Louie sprang to their owner's defense when a man attacked her in a cemetery. ... read more


2 Americans Among 26 Killed In Somalia Hotel Siege
Somali forces ended an all-night siege on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo on Saturday morning. ... read more


United Extends Boeing 737 Max Grounding, Canceling Thousands Of Flights
In the continued aftermath of two fatal crashes, grounded Boeing 737 Max jets will lead to thousands of flight cancellations in the coming months. ... read more


More Than 10,000 Wild Animals Seized In Massive Interpol Anti-Smuggling Operation
Operation Thunderball spanned 109 countries and resulted in more than 1,800 seizures of primates, big cats, reptiles and other creatures. ... read more


How Sir Kim Darroch Decided Enough Was Enough After Boris Johnson’s Lack Of Support
Anatomy of a resignation: The UK ambassador decided his role was untenable after facing the wrath of Donald Trump. ... read more


Whispers, Suspicion About Jeffrey Epstein On Caribbean Island
"Everybody called it ‘Pedophile Island,’” a man from St. Thomas island said. “It’s our dark corner.” ... read more


GoPro Footage Shows Final Glimpse Of Climbers Who Died On The Himalayas
An avalanche hit the route that the group of eight is believed to have taken. ... read more


U.S. Lawyer Gored Taking Video Selfie At Pamplona’s Running Of The Bulls
San Francisco public defender Jaime Alvarez was recovering from a harrowing neck wound he sustained taking a video during the San Fermin festival. ... read more


Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Says Extradition Bill Is ‘Dead’ But Still Won't Withdraw It
Protesters have clogged the city's streets in recent weeks demanding that she withdraw the controversial legislation and resign. She has refused to do either. ... read more


San Francisco Man Gored In Neck At Pamplona's Running Of The Bulls
Another American and a Spaniard also were gored, and three others injured in the controversial, centuries-old daredevil ritual. ... read more


World Cup Fans Chant 'F**k Trump' During Fox News Live Shot
The spectators turned their celebration into a protest on live TV. ... read more


Month-Old Protest Movement Shows No Sign Of Waning In Hong Kong
Demonstrators took to the streets again on Sunday, chanting "Free Hong Kong" and demanding the resignation of the city's leader. ... read more


Iran Announces New Violation Of Nuclear Deal Amid Heightening Tensions With U.S.
Tehran said Sunday that it will raise its uranium enrichment level beyond the 3.67% limit set in the 2015 nuclear deal. ... read more


Joao Gilberto, Brazilian Bossa Nova Pioneer, Dead At 88
The singer and guitarist is considered one of the fathers of the genre of Brazilian music. ... read more


Italy seizes 'combat-ready' missile in raids on far right
Some of the groups investigated in Italy are said to be linked to pro-Russian militants in Ukraine. ... read more


Iran nuclear deal breaches not yet significant, EU says
Recent breaches of the landmark 2015 agreement are reversible, the bloc's foreign policy chief says. ... read more


Suzanne Eaton murder: Man arrested for murder of US scientist
The man who allegedly killed Suzanne Eaton was reported to be a father of two from the Greek island. ... read more


Pink defends Holocaust memorial photo after criticism
Pop star Pink accused of 'disrespect' over a picture of her children running in a Holocaust memorial. ... read more


Galileo sat-nav system still without service
"Europe's GPS" remains offline as it grapples with a technical glitch in its ground infrastructure. ... read more


Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic 'arrested in Iran'
France calls on the Iranian authorities to "shed full light" on Fariba Adelkhah's situation. ... read more


Waterloo battlefield therapy for British war veterans
Servicemen and women trying to overcome the effects of war are digging at the Battle of Waterloo site. ... read more


Skydiving plane crash kills nine in Sweden
Nine people die when a plane carrying them for a parachute jump crashes in northern Sweden. ... read more


Russian police arrest dozens at Moscow vote protest
Hundreds rallied in Moscow, accusing officials of barring independent candidates from election. ... read more


Brexit: No-deal battle could be decided by Supreme Court says Letwin
Oliver Letwin says it is not clear if MPs can stop a no-deal Brexit - but the Supreme Court might. ... read more


Trade negotiators wanted to fill Brexit gap
Liam Fox wants to train new trade negotiators. Opponents say it is a last-minute scramble. ... read more


Bastille Day: Flyboard takes part in military display
France's annual military parade, commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison, takes place in Paris. ... read more


A web of abuse: How the far right disproportionately targets female politicians
Established far-right groups use social media to direct abuse at female politicians across Europe. ... read more


'Empty Spain': Can opera save the town of Medinaceli?
A few hundred people live in Medinaceli but for one weekend a year it becomes a stage for high art. ... read more


Kursk WW2: Why Russia is still fighting world's biggest tank battle
Russians hit back at Western historians over huge Soviet tank losses in the Battle of Kursk in WW2. ... read more


France Télécom bullying trial sheds light on spate of suicides
Prosecutors want three executives to go to jail over the suicide of 19 France Télécom workers, in a test case. ... read more


The coal mine that ate Hambacher forest
Much of Germany's power is still made by burning coal. Activists have occupied a forest in protest. ... read more


Ursula von der Leyen: Merkel ally nominated for EU top job
The defence minister emerged from the shadows as the leaders' nominee to replace President Jean-Claude Juncker. ... read more


Missile, guns, ammunition seized in Italy raids on far-right groups
Police investigating far-right groups in northern Italy found a missile in a big arms cache. ... read more


Lavazza boss: 'Bring in new blood'
CEO Secret: How family-owned coffee firm Lavazza brought in new blood in its bid to go global. ... read more


Trump steps up attacks on progressive congresswomen, says they 'hate our country' and Israel
The group of lawmakers Trump has been criticizing includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley. ... read more


Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants
The new rule says applicants who pass through another country and do not seek protection there will not be eligible for asylum in the United States. ... read more


In a private Facebook group, Amazon workers brace for Prime Day
In a private Facebook group, workers discussed the stress of the consumer holiday, including what kind of perks they can expect: "a granola bar." ... read more


Jeffrey Epstein had cash, diamonds and a foreign passport stashed in safe, prosecutors say
The judge is expected to rule Thursday whether the 66-year-old financier and registered sex offender should get bail. ... read more


Scarlett Johansson says diversity comments 'taken out of context'
The actress, who canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man, asserts that she supports diversity in film. ... read more


70 current, former CBP employees under investigation for secret Facebook group
The office of professional responsibility is conducting the investigations into 62 current and eight former employees. ... read more


Puerto Rico governor says he's not resigning after private chat scandal
The release of 889 pages of derogatory and profanity-laced comments has drawn fierce public backlash, including from members of his own party. ... read more


Chess king captured: Champion admits to using smartphone on the toilet to cheat
"I simply lost my mind," the Czech champion, Igors Rausis, told Chess.com ... read more


3-year-old boy dies after falling into grease trap at Tim Hortons
The toddler walked over the trap ⁠— resembling a manhole cover on a vat where used cooking oil is collected ⁠— behind the Rochester, New York, doughnut shop. ... read more


Trump weighs ousting Commerce chief Wilbur Ross after census defeat
Some White House officials expect the Cabinet secretary, who has known the president for years, to depart as soon as this summer. ... read more


Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker, 55, fatally hit by pickup in Virginia
Whitaker won Olympic gold in 1984 and professional belts in four weight classes. His career pro record was 40-4-1. ... read more


Driver in deadly Charlottesville car attack gets second life sentence
A Virginia judge gave Fields an additional life sentence, plus 419 years, on state charges for killing one and injuring dozens at the 2017 Unite the Right rally. ... read more


Flying French soldier swishes above Parisian streets to celebrate Bastille Day
Paris celebrated Bastille Day, the attractions included hi-tech military gear such as drones, miniature autonomous vehicles, soldiers armed with anti-drone guns, and what looked like a "flying soldier" — a man swishing in the air on a flyboard, drawing cheers from the leaders and spectators. ... read more


Founder of African American museum in Louisiana died of 'traumatic asphyxia'
Sadie Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of her own car on Friday, Baton Rouge police said. ... read more


These five habits may delay Alzheimer's even in people with genetic risk
Following four out of five lifestyle behaviors can protect against mental decline, even in people with increased genetic risk. ... read more


My father never apologized for abusing me. So I wrote his apology for him.
I decided to write the apology from my father that I always needed to hear, in the process creating a blueprint for other men seeking a pathway to atonement. ... read more


Amazon workers in Minnesota launch Prime Day protest
"We want to send a powerful message to Amazon that they really need to have these be safe, reliable jobs," one worker said. ... read more


Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk
"The case in Goma could potentially be a game changer in this epidemic," the WHO director-general said. ... read more


Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer's
Doctors are hoping for something to use during routine exams, where most dementia symptoms are evaluated. ... read more


India investigates technical glitch that caused moon mission abort
The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off shortly before liftoff early Monday. ... read more


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Trump steps up attacks on progressive congresswomen, says they 'hate our country' and Israel
The group of lawmakers Trump has been criticizing includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley. ... read more


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Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants
The new rule says applicants who pass through another country and do not seek protection there will not be eligible for asylum in the United States. ... read more


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In a private Facebook group, Amazon workers brace for Prime Day
In a private Facebook group, workers discussed the stress of the consumer holiday, including what kind of perks they can expect: "a granola bar." ... read more


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Jeffrey Epstein had cash, diamonds and a foreign passport stashed in safe, prosecutors say
The judge is expected to rule Thursday whether the 66-year-old financier and registered sex offender should get bail. ... read more


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Scarlett Johansson says diversity comments 'taken out of context'
The actress, who canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man, asserts that she supports diversity in film. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_29/2934206/190715-cbp-border-cs-348p_26245ff568f0385306b5623dcfc0da4a.jpg
70 current, former CBP employees under investigation for secret Facebook group
The office of professional responsibility is conducting the investigations into 62 current and eight former employees. ... read more


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Puerto Rico governor says he's not resigning after private chat scandal
The release of 889 pages of derogatory and profanity-laced comments has drawn fierce public backlash, including from members of his own party. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_29/2933821/190715-chess-mn-1050_24bd98879f452ab647858f3da5cb9a2c.jpg
Chess king captured: Champion admits to using smartphone on the toilet to cheat
"I simply lost my mind," the Czech champion, Igors Rausis, told Chess.com ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_29/2934191/190715-tim-horton-rochester-grease-trap-mn-1540_68a920df2487d73cfb120734b14b7817.jpg
3-year-old boy dies after falling into grease trap at Tim Hortons
The toddler walked over the trap ⁠— resembling a manhole cover on a vat where used cooking oil is collected ⁠— behind the Rochester, New York, doughnut shop. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_28/2930481/190711-donald-trump-census-se-548p_6760a496a7a351cdbb10455a2a983274.jpg
Trump weighs ousting Commerce chief Wilbur Ross after census defeat
Some White House officials expect the Cabinet secretary, who has known the president for years, to depart as soon as this summer. ... read more


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Boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker, 55, fatally hit by pickup in Virginia
Whitaker won Olympic gold in 1984 and professional belts in four weight classes. His career pro record was 40-4-1. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_26/2119256/170814-james-alex-fields-charlottesville-njs-958a_0f2a2af9a4d0470224f1fac551bc6950.jpg
Driver in deadly Charlottesville car attack gets second life sentence
A Virginia judge gave Fields an additional life sentence, plus 419 years, on state charges for killing one and injuring dozens at the 2017 Unite the Right rally. ... read more


Flying French soldier swishes above Parisian streets to celebrate Bastille Day
Paris celebrated Bastille Day, the attractions included hi-tech military gear such as drones, miniature autonomous vehicles, soldiers armed with anti-drone guns, and what looked like a "flying soldier" — a man swishing in the air on a flyboard, drawing cheers from the leaders and spectators. ... read more


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Founder of African American museum in Louisiana died of 'traumatic asphyxia'
Sadie Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of her own car on Friday, Baton Rouge police said. ... read more


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These five habits may delay Alzheimer's even in people with genetic risk
Following four out of five lifestyle behaviors can protect against mental decline, even in people with increased genetic risk. ... read more


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My father never apologized for abusing me. So I wrote his apology for him.
I decided to write the apology from my father that I always needed to hear, in the process creating a blueprint for other men seeking a pathway to atonement. ... read more


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Amazon workers in Minnesota launch Prime Day protest
"We want to send a powerful message to Amazon that they really need to have these be safe, reliable jobs," one worker said. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_29/2934106/190715-ebola-goma-ew-151p_d0ae4c2456f03abcd53702aedff431ce.jpg
Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk
"The case in Goma could potentially be a game changer in this epidemic," the WHO director-general said. ... read more


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Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer's
Doctors are hoping for something to use during routine exams, where most dementia symptoms are evaluated. ... read more


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India investigates technical glitch that caused moon mission abort
The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off shortly before liftoff early Monday. ... read more


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